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Safety Awareness Month

Holiday Valley Safety Month, January 2014

Holiday Valley has joined forces with resorts across the country in promoting National Safety Awareness Month during January. Holiday Valley’s Safety Patrol has several activities planned to educate and bring safe skiing and riding to the forefront  this month. According to Bill Steinbroner, head of the Safety Patrol, “Safe skiing and riding just makes sense. By observing Your Responsibility Code, chances are you’ll have a better day and so will everyone around you.”

Learn the Code and Smart Style and you might win some nice prizes at the Valley this month!
Your Responsibility Code
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Smart Style are rules for Terrain Park Safety.
1. MAKE A PLAN-Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
2. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP-Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
3. EASY STYLE IT-Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended).
4. RESPECT GETS RESPECT-From the lift line through the park.

Some of the activities the Safety Patrol has planned for the month include the following...

1. The Schools that participate in the night programs at the Valley have been invited to develop a student produced video on Your  Responsibility Code and Terrain Park Smart Style. The schools have a month to complete the videos and prizes will be awarded to the best productions.

2. Spin the Safety wheel to answer questions about Your Responsibility Code and win prizes. You’ll find the wheel at the HV Lodge on select weekends in January. 

3. The Cash Chair is a variation of television’s Cash Cab where a Safety Patroller joins up with an unsuspecting skier or rider on the chairlift. On the way up the Patroller asks safety questions and if the guest answers correctly, they’ll win a Holiday Valley gift card! Cash Chair will take place on selected sessions during night skiing.

4. At the weekend Safety Patrol Cookouts at the top of Mardi Gras, random guests will be asked  safety questions and those with correct answers win a hotdog or sausage. Now that’s incentive!

5. Holiday Valley Employees are also encouraged to join in with prizes for the best safety suggestions.

6. Kids enrolled in the Mountain Adventures Program are encouraged to enter the Safety Poster Contest where they illustrate one or more safety point that seems important to them.

7. Check out the Smart Style banners that are displayed on the deck of the Lodge that outline the key points of Terrain Park safety.