National Safety Awareness Week is Jan. 17-23, when [R510R, Wisp] and other U.S. resorts emphasize the simple rules and practices that keep skiing and riding safe and fun.

This week is dedicated to the awareness of snow sport safety.

Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers.

Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the rules of the Responsibility Code:

Always stay in control.

People ahead of you have the right of way.

Stop in a safe place for you and others.

Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.

Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.

National Safety Awareness Week is coordinated by the National Ski Areas Association.