Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Resort aims to make safety lessons fun

Weeklong celebration of National Safety Week set for Jan. 16-22


By EXPRESS STAFF

What is Smartstyle?

Do you know your responsibility code?

What is the most important "get-smart" tip for freestyle terrain-park riders?

Skiers and riders will all be challenged by these questions and rewarded with answers and free prizes on Saturday, Jan. 16, through Friday, Jan. 22, when Sun Valley celebrates the National Ski Areas Association's National Safety Week.

A heads-up, fun approach will be taken to heighten awareness of slope safety in Sun Valley—on Bald Mountain, at the new superpipe, in Dollar Mountain's new terrain park and throughout both mountains.

And, the Smartstyle message will go off-mountain and into the classroom when the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, avalanche dogs and terrain park personnel meet students at Hemingway and Hailey elementary schools. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Hemingway in Ketchum will be visited Tuesday, Jan. 19, and the same grades at Hailey Elementary School will host the Sun Valley Mountain Department staff Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Skiers and riders on Dollar and Baldy will be invited to participate in a variety of safety-oriented activities throughout National Safety Week.

They will include:

· Free mountain ski tours with a special emphasis on safety (meets 10:30 a.m., top of Baldy every day except Tuesday and Thursday).

· Mountain Trivial Pursuit (check lift towers for questions at the bottom and answers up top).

· Free prizes for correctly answered questions on safety.

· The Hot Packet: Take a tour through Dollar Mountain's terrain park with local pros, terrain park staff and a special guest. Sign up at Dollar from 10-11 a.m. for the 11 a.m. to noon tour or sign up at noon to 1 p.m. for the 1-2 p.m. tour. Participants can then talk about what they've learned over complimentary hot chocolate.

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· In celebration of National Safety Week, Pete Lane's Sports stores will offer 20 percent off on helmets at all locations.

For more information, call 622-6136 or visit www.sunvalley.com.

Skier/Snowboarder Responsibility Code

1. Always stay in control.

2. People ahead of you have the right of way.

3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.

4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.

5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.

7. Know how to use the lifts safely.




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