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National Safety Month 2016

By Megan Collins Fri Jan 08 2016 Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Snowboarding, Upcoming Events

Safety Month

The month of January will be dedicated to an entire month of safety! The goal of safety month every year is to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes.  The objective of Safety Month for 2016 is to better educate skiers and snowboarders on Space & Speed.  Snowbasin Resort will provide information regarding appropriate speeds while skiing as well as how to judge distances of objects ahead and how much room you need to come to a safe and complete stop.  Look for the Snowbasin Resort tents around the resort with helpful information.  Guests will also be able to see just how fast they’re traveling with speed traps around the resort.  Stay safe and slow down!

Schedule of Events

Saturdays & Sundays in January 10:00am - 3:00pm

Find the Snowbasin Resort/Ski Patrol tents around the mountain to test your safety knowledge and win!

Top of Needles Gondola:

Answer questions regarding Space & Speed and Know the Code for a chance to win prizes.

Bottom portion of Sweet Revenge:

Stop by tent for info on space & speed.
Ski/ride down Sweet Revenge to get your speed checked and try to control your speed at a rate of "X" to win a prize.

Base of Middle Bowl Triple:

Go through the obstacle course of items set at specific distances - guess distances/speeds for maneuvering and learn tips for avoiding accidents/collisions to win prizes.


Along with Space & Speed, these other safety topics will be addressed as well:

Space & Speed Awareness

1. Kinetic Energy:  energy increases as the square of the velocity:  if you double your speed, you quadruple your energy.

2.F orce:  impacts to helmets last only 5 thousandths of a second. 

3. It takes 1000 lbs for a skull fracture

4. Traveling at 10mph, the peak force to the helmet would be greater than 1800 lbs. 

5. For an experienced skier, traveling at 20 mph, it will take them at least 35 ft to start stopping.  At 40 mph, it will take them at least 60 ft to stop.



1. Always stay in control

2. People ahead of you have the right of way

3. Stop in a safe place for you and others

4. Whenever 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.



1. Make a plan – Every time you use a 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 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.



It’s YOUR Responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely

1. Need assistance? Ask the lift attendant for help. Smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.

2. Remove & carry packs. Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.

3. It is OK to miss a chair and wait for the next one.

4. When loading, watch for approaching chair and then sit to the back once seated!

5. Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped can be picked up later.

6. Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts!!



1. Sunglasses/goggles

2. Sunscreen (re-apply as needed)

3. Shade

4. Beanie/Helmet/Wide-Brim Hat

5. Cover up Clothes



1. One size does not fit all

2. A helmet is warmer than a hat

3. Helmets reduce the severity of head injuries

4. Helmets are a second line of defense

5. For kids, make sure helmet is properly fitted and chin strap is fastened

6. A helmet is not an item you want to grow into

7. Wearing a helmet does not mean that you take bigger risks when skiing/snowboarding


Megan Collins

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