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Safety Awareness Week: Celebrate ski and ride safety, Jan. 19-27

Resorts nationwide will be commemorating National Safety Awareness Week, Jan. 19-27, with a host of fun events and activities to help educate skiers and riders of all ages and promote on-mountain safety. National Safety Awareness Week is an annual National Ski Areas Assoc. event highlighting resort safety education efforts while increasing slope safety.

In partnership with the National Ski Areas Association, Killington encourages slope safety awareness with special events, giveaways and contests that help educate skiers and riders about responsible behavior on the slopes. 

Killington Resort is offering skiers and riders one free lift ticket with the purchase of a new helmet at any Killington Sports location to promote National Safety Awareness Week, Jan. 19-27. Purchasers will receive a voucher for a 1-day lift ticket valid any day of the 2013 winter season starting Jan. 28, 2013.
Safety awareness often starts with Your Responsibility Code, the seven point code that outlines responsible slope behavior for skiers and riders, and Smart Style, a four-point safety awareness message about the use and progression of freestyle terrain. These codes will be displayed on café trays, at ticket sales points and on shuttle busses, as well as in retail shops.

On the slopes, Mountain Ambassadors will be wearing bright yellow jackets that display important safety awareness messages. Together with ski patrollers and terrain park staff, they'll be handing out Know the Code and Smart Style stickers and cards in addition to giving away Get Smart, a freestyle terrain users guides.

Look for the interactive display on the second floor of Ramshead Lodge, where kids can enter a raffle to win a free snow sports helmet and other prizes, talk with Mountain Ambassadors and stop by for some safety awareness fun.

In order to promote slope safety awareness and education to elementary school children, several area schools are participating in Killington Resort's local poster contest. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students will create posters illustrating any one of the seven points of Your Responsibility Code or one of the four elements of Smart Style. Posters will be on display around the resort and judged in two categories: Best Overall Safety Message and Most Creative Design. Two winners and two runners-up will receive prizes. Winners of the local contest will be entered in National Ski Areas Association's national contest.

Okemo will also be kicking off Safety Week Jan. 19 starting with their annual Helmet Head Contest, a celebration of that matted mess of hair that occurs only when skiers and riders remove that most important piece of safety equipment - their helmet. Find Okemo's helmet head photographer on the mountain. The best Helmet Head wins two lift tickets!

On Sunday, Jan. 20, Vermont's own PHAT team (Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain) will be returning to Okemo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Vermont Snow Sports Research Team, a partnership of Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont College of Medicine will be on location to help educate skiers and riders about helmet use.

On Jan. 21, Deep River Snacks gets in on the action. In addition to sponsoring Okemo's Park Safety Program, Deep River Snacks is teaming up with Okemo for a fun and educational Safety Scavenger Hunt with delicious prizes.

For more information on National Safety Awareness Week and other NSAA safety programs, visit