Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ski Safety Tips from the Steamboat Ski Patrol  

Steamboat Snow, Activities and Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team,
Originally published Tuesday, January 4, 2011 —

photo: John F. Russell Steamboat Pilot
No one wants their ski vacation to end with an injury while skiing at the Steamboat Ski Resort. So, the Steamboat Ski Patrol has put out some 2011 safety tips and reminders for how to ride and ski your best while being in control and not harming yourself or others.

Safety Tips by the Steamboat Ski Patrol

1. Always ski or ride with a buddy — The Steamboat Ski Resort is a large mountain, and people can easily get lost or separated from a group. Make sure you set up meeting arrangements in case anyone gets separated. This is especially important when skiing in the glades or tree areas — be aware of tree wells.

2. Always follow the Responsibility Code — This is the piece of paper you sign before you get your ski pass that says you as a skier or boarder will follow these safety precautions:
  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. If for some reason you do have a collision, stay at the scene. Do not ski away.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
3. Call for Help! Do you know the Ski Patrol help number? Always have this programmed into your cell phone: 970-871-5911
4. Wear your Helmet! The National Ski Areas Association encourages the use of helmets, but it cautions skiers and riders against assuming that a helmet can prevent all head injuries on the slopes. You can rent a helmet at any of Steamboat's local ski rental shops.

5. Ski Patrol is equipped with the best medical technology, including 14 automated external defibrillators to aid cardiac patients. Watch the latest 9news story about how Steamboat Ski Patrol saved a woman's life last week. We love, love, love our Steamboat Ski Patrol! They are an amazing crew of men and women dedicated to many hours of training and preparation for each ski season, along with being the first responders to accidents on the ski area! While we are having fun, they are making sure everyone stays safe! Thank you, Steamboat Ski Patrol!  

So, play it safe and come to Steamboat! You not only will have an amazingly fun ski trip, but you can also book lodging for up to 40% off! The longer you stay, the more you save, and you'll be having a fun and safe ski trip in no time! Book now!

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