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Safety awareness is vital on the slopes

January 24, 2011
Lake Placid News
The week of Jan. 15-23 is Safety Awareness Week and Whiteface Mountain has scheduled several activities to acknowledge the period. It’s a good time to remind all those in the area who enjoy skiing and snowboarding to exercise safe practices while on the slopes.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or expert — while skiing or snowboarding you run the risk of injury or even death. It’s up to each individual to ski within the safety guidelines of the slopes.

Among the activities and promotions for Safety Awareness Week: coupons for free hot chocolate; a poster contest for skiers and riders ages 4 to 18, and winners will receive tickets to Whiteface Mountain; and a scavenger hunt in which participants will search for “prize tags” with one of the skier responsibility codes, and winners receive a helmet or gift certificate to a local ski shop.

No one who skis is exempt from following the rules of the slopes — even young racers who take practice runs must follow safety rules.

The skier code is meant to ensure that every skier or snowboarder on the mountain can have fun and make it to the end of the day without injury.

So during the week of Jan. 15-23, if you’re at any mountain enjoying the slopes, take a moment to thank a safety worker or ski patrol member for all they do to keep skiers and snowboarders safe. So either say “Atta boy!,” “Thanks, great job” or give’m a pat on the back. They’re there for us.

And remember the code. (See page 6)


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