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Celebrating Safety Awareness

January 16 - 22 is National Ski Area Safety Awareness Week and we'll be celebrating safety at our Safety Fair this Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows. We urge you to first learn, then abide by the seven rules of the Responsibility Code, which when followed, increase safety on the slopes. The Code has been used for half a century to serve as common sense guidelines which help set a course for a more enjoyable day on the slopes.

Saturday’s Safety Fair will encourage guests to find the seven Safety “Codesters”, learn the rules and win prizes ranging from safety whistles to safety messenger bags. Those who collect all seven Codester stamps on their Code Card will be eligible to win a 10 Time Pass given away in drawings in the afternoon and evening.

Representatives from Meadows Pro Patrol will be on hand to discuss safety issues and introduce guests to the safety search and rescue dogs. A contest will also be presented to allow guests to find hidden targets with tracking beacons used by backcountry enthusiasts. The Safety Fair is presented by Fuel TV, Monster Energy Drink and the Anheuser-Busch Responsibility Matters Program.

Mt. Hood Meadows endorses the NSAA Code of Responsibility and encourages guests to “Know The Code” before and while visiting the mountain.

  1. Stay in Control.
  2. People ahead have the right of way.
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  4. When 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.

Meadows has won three national safety awards in the past two seasons for efforts to educate guests and employees about safety awareness. We hope these efforts will help you to be more aware as you prepare yourself for the slopes, leading to more enjoyable days on the mountain.

For more details on National Ski Area Safety Week visit the National Ski Area Association web site.

See you on the mountain!

-- Meadows Team

4 Comments

  1. Tom Weis

    January 14, 2010

    I have to laugh when Meadows celebrates safety. I see most snowboarders break Rule #5 "Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment" everyday. In 15 years skiing Meadows I've never seen a lift attendent check for snowboard leashes let alone do anything about it.

    Meadows: Here is yet another great opportunity to remind all of our guests about Rule #5 "Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment." We're celebrating Safety Awareness - now more guests are aware. Thanks for the post.

  2. HAHA

    January 17, 2010

    Well TOM you are correct! But you can not just rule out one, skiers also do not go with rule #5 either! Acually skiers should have to use a leash before a snowboarder... For 1. A snowboarder is acually straped in to their bindings better than those on skis. 2. When a skier falls their skis come flying off, a board doesnt! So how about everyone supports rule #5 " Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment" besides the rule does not state just snowboarders!

  3. Tom Weis

    January 17, 2010

    You still won't explain why Meadows doesn't do anything about snowboarders not using leashes.

    Meadows: We encourage all guests to know and follow all the rules of the responsibility code, including rule #5 Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  4. !

    January 21, 2010

    Again it there is nothing saying SNOWBOARDERS MUST USE A LEASH! So there is nothing to explain! There is no legal law we have to use leashes but it is a saftey factor and EVERYONE should have them on!

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