STRATTON, Vt. – Here at Stratton, skiing and snowboarding is the name of the game and knowing how to navigate the mountain safely is key to having a great day on the slopes.
Safety Month is January, and Stratton is offering skiers and riders a limited edition bear paw sticker for completing the Mountain Safety Passport program. To participate, watch Stratton’s new safety video at www.stratton.com, complete the In Case of Emergency contact form, and head to the Carlos Otis Clinic to pick up the prize. Getting hurt is the quickest way to ruin a day on the hill.
Stratton’s innovative “Play Safe, Play Smart, Enjoy the Mountain” campaign earned a National Ski Areas Association Safety Award. One of eight ski and snowboard areas to earn the award, Stratton’s program incorporates clear, easy to understand messaging of the Responsibility Code. Whether alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, cross country skiing, or using adaptive equipment, showing courtesy to others and being aware of the risks taken while on the mountain is one step in knowing Stratton’s responsibility code. The code is as follows:
- Always stay in control so that you are able to stop or avoid other people and objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It’s your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop in an area where you are obstructing a trail or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.
- Vermont state law requires that you give your name to a ski area employee before you leave the vicinity if you are involved in a collision resulting in an injury.
Previously Stratton has required skiers and riders to attend a safety awareness session to earn access to a pro-level terrain park, designed and built in collaboration with two-time Olympic medalist Ross Powers. Stratton has received an additional six National Ski Areas Association Safety Awards for comprehensive programs and innovative initiatives, including the terrain park safety education session.
The goal of Stratton’s safety team is to provide snow sports lovers with all of the necessary tools to ensure the best time on the mountain. A little bit of caution and knowledge is the key to a great day on snow.
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