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Jan
2015
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Skiing & Riding

Safety Week on Baldy & Dollar Mountain

Dollar Mountain will once again be celebrating its award-winning Safety Week as part of January's National Ski Safety Awareness Month.

This year, the program will run from January 19-25th and will include reminding skiers to be "Chair Aware"" and that they're part of the "Mountain Community." It will also include free helmet and discounted binding checks, appearances by the avalanche dog team and ski patrol will even be giving out tickets for hot cocoa to folks who know the "Skier Safety Code." Free coca seems the perfect reward since January also includes "National Whipped Cream Day!"

Over the past three seasons, Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Ski Patrol have received national recognition for their efforts to increase safety awareness on Baldy and Dollar Mountains. Last season, Sun Valley was named Best Chairlift Program from the National Resort Safety Awards. The two previous years also saw Sun Valley honored for offering the Best Employee Involvement and Best Community Outreach programs in the nation.

"Safety is a very important part of the skiing experience, so we take is seriously and try to stay on top of it," said Sean Glaccum, who's in his 11th season as a member of Sun Valley Ski Patrol and is in charge of Ski Safety.

With several chairlift-related accidents making news around the country already this season, reminding skiers and snowboarders to use chairlifts properly—they are not places to play or goof around—is a big part of Safety Week on Dollar. But the core of what the week is about is "Knowing the Code!"

According to the National Ski Areas Association, there are seven tenets to the Skier 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.

For those who may have trouble remembering the code, Dollar Mountain will feature a classic 1979 Tucker Snowcat adorned with all sorts of safety signs and messages about it. And for those who know it, the Ski Patrol will happily be giving out lots of free swag, including bandanas, lanyards, sunscreen and those much-appreciated tickets for free cocoa. The Race Dept. also will chip in with some discounted racing offers. For more details, please call the Ski Patrol, 208-622-6265.


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