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Boo!

Mt. Rose opening with a costume party

By Chris Dehnel
Snowsportsna.com News Editor

Mt. Rose- Ski Tahoe will be opening Halloween weekend with the Flying Jenny lift in operation, accessing the Show-Off run. Show-Off will feature some park elements.

It will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lift tickets are being priced at $20 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 6 through 12, and free for 5 and younger.

Mt. Rose will offer a Halloween special. On Saturday, Oct. 31, tickets will be sold at a $5 discount for those showing up in costume.

Show-Off will feature a base of 8 to 12 inches produced through snowmaking in the past three days.

The Mt. Rose main lodge will be open with Timbers Bar offering food and drinks. Ski School and Rental Shop services will not be available. Season leases may be picked up on the lower level.

Mt. Rose is located 25 minutes from Reno and 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe.

Mt. Rose has more than 1,200 acres of terrain. For current weather conditions at Mt. Rose- Ski Tahoe, visit www.skirose.com or call (775) 849-0704.


Two Mountains Open

By Chris Dehnel Snowsportsna.com
News Editor

Loveland Ski Area in Colorado became the snowsports resort in North America to open for the 2009-2010 ski season when Chair 1 starts turning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7th.

"We took advantage of the cold temperatures and got an early start making snow this year. Those extra days paid off and we are opening a week earlier than last season," said Eric Johnstone, snowmaking and trail maintenance manager. "Now we can move some equipment to other trails and try to open more terrain as quickly as possible."

Loveland barely had a summer. Snow covered the trails wel into June after hefty springtmne snowfalls.

Not far behind Loveland was the the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, which also opened for business on Wednesday.

Temperatures hitting 22 degrees above 8,000 feet on several overnight periods last week set the stage for snowmaking to begin and Base Operations Manager Craig Baldwin made the decision to start the machines on Saturday while attending the premiere of Burton's new movie.

He wanted to be the first to open but conceded late Tuesday night that Loveland would win the race because of the time difference.

"Darn Loveland," he joked.

"Good for Loveland and good for us," he said. "We're in Vegas and we're skiing and riding."

Las Vegas snowmaking crews have been concentrating on the beginner slope serviced by a double chairlift. Baldwin said that a couple of jib-type elements will be installed for new-schoolers.


Diamond Peak extends season pass sale

By Chris Dehnel
Snowsportsna.com News Editor

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a wintry forecast for North Lake Tahoe this week with a snow level of 5,500 feet and an average daytime high temperature over the next several days of 49 degrees.

The forecast is more in line with ski season than it is with the second week of autumn.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort is welcoming the early blast of winter by extending its earlybird pricing through Oct. 9. The extended deadline is only available online at www.diamondpeak.com.

When purchased online you can get season passes for as little as $363 for adults, $167 for college students and the new Holiday Pass is just $249. The online pricing is discounted up to twenty per cent.

“Everyone at the ski resort is pretty excited to be breaking out our jackets and putting away the flip flops this early and we thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of the excitement in the air by offering great pass pricing just a little longer” said Diamond Peak Marketing Director Milena Regos. “People’s thoughts really turn to skiing once the first cold snap hits in the fall and we’re happy to celebrate it” she said.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort is located in Incline Village, Nev. on the n$orth shore of Lake Tahoe. The resort sports a 1,840 foot vertical drop with 30 runs, offering beginner to advanced terrain. Diamond Peak is scheduled to open December 10 for the 2009-10 season.

Skiers and riders can connect with Diamond Peak on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube.

For events, deals and snow conditions visit www.diamondpeak.com or call (775) 832-1177.


Cinderella, meet Bigfoot
Wachusett shop looking for the perfect fit

By Chris Dehnel

Snowsportsna.com News Editor

Wachusett Mountain Marketing Director Tom Meyers calls it "a Cinderella-on steroids story."

"In this case, it’s not a prince looking for a princess to fit a glass slipper. It’s the manager of Wachusett Mountain’s Mountainside Ski & Sports Shop looking for a large snowboarder to fit into one of the biggest snowboard boots ever made," Meyers says.

Mountainside Ski & Sports is one of a few snowboard shops in the country to have a unique pair of Size 22 snowboard boots manufactured by the Ride Snowboard Company. Size 22 Boot

"If the person is out there that fits these boots and wants to snowboard, then we want to see that person," Mountainside Manager Mike Vlass says. "And, yes we have a selection of snowboards we can set up to handle the boots."

Vlass promised that Mountainside will include the giant boots to the person who fits them at no charge with the purchase of an "extra-large" snowboard package.

Wachusett Mountain even tweeted Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal’s twitter page offering the boots to him if he wants to stop by the ski area on the Cavs' visit to Boston to play the Celtics. The 7-foot O'Neal is famous for his Size 22 feet.

No word on a reply yet.

Meyers says Wachusett Mountain normally sells and rents snowboard boots that range from size 7 to 14.

Vlass says he ordered the Size 22 boot because "we feel the pain of the big-footed guy who can never find his size."

He adds, "We fit everyone. We also offer a selection of petite parkas and pants for women and ski pants with short inseams for our ‘vertically-challenged’ clients."

Mountainside, located inside the main lodge at the Massachusetts snowsports resort, has the new giant snowboard boots in stock as it prepares for its 17th annual Labor Day Clearance Sale September 4-7.

For details, visit

www.mtnsidesports.com.

Catamount adjusts ticket prices

By Chris Dehnel

Snowsportsna.com News Editor

Catamount has tweaked its pricing schedule to make its Friday price more consistent with its popular mid-week ticket.

Monday-through-Friday tickets will cost $25 this season at the snowsports area that straddles the New York-Massachusetts border. Friday tickets had been $42.

Any customer who takes a private mid-week lesson during a non-holiday period wil get a lift ticket for free.

Adult weekend and holiday period tickets will be priced at $56, this season. Juniors will be $45.


Lake Tahoe Resort announces season pass sale and new offerings

By Chris Dehnel

Snowsportsna.com News Editor

Early period Diamond Peak 2009-10 season passes are on sale until Sept. 30.

Mid-week adult resident pases are being offered for $295.

Full pass non-resident rates include: $454 for adults, $209 for college students, $188 for youths (15-17), $156 for children (7-14), and $188 for seniors (60-69). Discounts are available for residents of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.

New this year is the Holiday Pass, good for 28 days out of the 09-10 winter season. The pass is valid only during blackout dates: Dec. 19, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010, Jan 16-18, 2010 and Feb. 13-21, 2010. The pass is priced at $249.

Another popular season pass, geared specifically for beginners, is Diamond's Beginner Season Pass for $109. Skiers and riders can spend as much time as they want on the resort's two beginner lifts and when they are ready to go up the mountain, they can upgrade to a full season pass.

Last Tracks wine tasting is one of the most unique events in Lake Tahoe. Diamond now offers a season pass to all wine tasting events for $200. This season's pass includes wine tasting, appetizers, and skiing after 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Last Tracks are on select Saturdays starting in February until the end of the season. Diamond's web site, www.diamolndpeak.com, has more information.

Diamond Peak season pass holders are eligible for discounts at Crosby’s, Aloha Skin Spa, Yoshimi Sushi, Wild Island, Village Ski Loft and others. Others will be added as the season progreses and will be posted on Diamond's Web site.

There are several ways to purchase passes:

  • Buy online at www.diamondpeak.com.
  • Download the forms and mail them to Diamond Peak Ski Resort Season Passes,
  • 1210 Ski Way Incline Village, NV 89451.Fax the forms back to (775) 832-1281.
  • Visit the Diamond Peak Administration Building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The main number is (775) 832-1177.

Diamond Peak offers 655 feet of skiable terrain and 75 percent snowmaking from the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Skiers and riders can see Lake Tahoe from almost every run.



Vegas conducting preseason pass sale

By Chris Dehnel
Snowspotsna.com News Editor

The Las Vegs Ski & Snowboard resort is selling season passes at preseason rates until Nov. 16.

Here's a breakdown of the pricing:

    • Children 12 and younger: $200.
    • Youths 13 to 18: $280.
    • UNLV, CSN, Nevada State students: $375.
    • Seniors (60 and older) $375.
    • Military: $400.
    • Weekday: $500.
    • Adult unlimited: $525.

    LVSSR is located on Mt. Charleston about 40 minutes from the Las Vegs Strip. The mountain maintains a city office at 7501 Thule Springs Rd..For more information, call 702-645-2754 or visit


    Lake Tahoe Resort announces season pass sale and new offerings

    By Chris Dehnel

    Snowsportsna.com News Editor

    Early period Diamond Peak 2009-10 season passes are on sale until Sept. 30.

    Mid-week adult resident pases are being offered for $295.

    Full pass non-resident rates include: $454 for adults, $209 for college students, $188 for youths (15-17), $156 for children (7-14), and $188 for seniors (60-69). Discounts are available for residents of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.

    New this year is the Holiday Pass, good for 28 days out of the 09-10 winter season. The pass is valid only during blackout dates: Dec. 19, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010, Jan 16-18, 2010 and Feb. 13-21, 2010. The pass is priced at $249.

    Another popular season pass, geared specifically for beginners, is Diamond's Beginner Season Pass for $109. Skiers and riders can spend as much time as they want on the resort's two beginner lifts and when they are ready to go up the mountain, they can upgrade to a full season pass.

    Last Tracks wine tasting is one of the most unique events in Lake Tahoe. Diamond now offers a season pass to all wine tasting events for $200. This season's pass includes wine tasting, appetizers, and skiing after 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Last Tracks are on select Saturdays starting in February until the end of the season. Diamond's web site, www.diamolndpeak.com, has more information.

    Diamond Peak season pass holders are eligible for discounts at Crosby’s, Aloha Skin Spa, Yoshimi Sushi, Wild Island, Village Ski Loft and others. Others will be added as the season progreses and will be posted on Diamond's Web site.

    There are several ways to purchase passes:

    • Buy online at www.diamondpeak.com.
    • Download the forms and mail them to Diamond Peak Ski Resort Season Passes,1210 Ski Way Incline Village, NV 89451.
    • Fax the forms back to (775) 832-1281.
    • Visit the Diamond Peak Administration Building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The main number is (775) 832-1177.

    Diamond Peak offers 655 feet of skiable terrain and 75 percent snowmaking from the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Skiers and riders can see Lake Tahoe from almost every run.

    Vegas conducting preseason pass sale


    Vegas conducting preseason pass sale
    By Chris Dehnel
    Snowspotsna.com News Editor

    The Las Vegs Ski & Snowboard resort is selling season passes at preseason rates until Nov. 16.

    Here's a breakdown of the pricing:

    • Children 12 and younger: $200.
    • Youths 13 to 18: $280.UNLV, CSN, Nevada State students: $375.
    • Seniors (60 and older) $375.
    • Military: $400.- Weekday: $500.
    • Adult unlimited: $525.
    • LVSSR is located on Mt. Charleston about 40 minutes from the Las Vegs Strip. The mountain maintains a city office at 7501 Thule Springs Rd..For more information, call 702-645-2754 or visit

      www.skilasvegas.com

    By Chris Dehnel

    Snowsportsna.com News Editor

    The chief executive of Bootfitting company Masterfit Enterprises is asking for help in solving a crime related to the recent Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.

    Masterfit CEO Steve Cohen said that on July 19, the day the show was to start, a rental trailer that was connected to a Masterfit truck was stolen. The trailer contained the complete Masterfit trade show booth, product samples, and supporting material, Cohen said.

    "Needless to say, it was quite a scramble to get replacement product and cobble together a booth for both OR and the World Shoe Show, which followed immediately after," Cohen said. "But we did so."

    The Salt Lake Police Dept. recovered the trailer, but it was empty, according to Cohen.

    Cohen said with the exception of a large flat screen monitor, most of the stolen goods could not be easily fenced on the street, "especially the 125 pair of Zapz Microwable Custom Insoles and the Instaprint BioGel Molding System, insole blanks, and posting shell."

    Cohen said that police told him that the thieves likely dumped the merchandise or would try to sell items to a retail outlet.

    "We are asking you to help us spread the word regarding the missing items to the retail community with the request that they be vigilant in case they are approached by thieves trying to resell the merchandise," Cohen said in a release distributed to journalists. "If a retailer is approached to buy goods by anyone other than an authorized Masterfit sales representative, we request that they obtain as much contact information as possible and contact Masterfit immediately."


    Ski New Hampshire announces capital improvements

    By Snoweportsna.com Staff

    Here’s a list of projects at Granite State snowsports areas for the 2009-10 winter season, according to Ski New Hampshire.

    Great Glen Trails, Pinkham Notch - Construction is set to begin on the fifth rendition of the Glen House. The Glen House will be a full service hotel located at Great Glen Trails and the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road. It will consist of approximately 80 rooms and offer views of the Presidential Mountains and Great Gulf. The hotel will include a large veranda, terrace, indoor pool, and spa, conference facilities, great room, dining room and more. Upon completion, the Glen House will embody the look and feel of a classic New England mountain lodge. It will incorporate modern technology in order to be environmentally-friendly and meet LEED standards. Cross country ski trails will run directly from the Glen House to the Great Glen Trails network of trails.

    Gunstock, Gilford - Gunstock is completing a two-year $3.25 million expansion project. Guests will find a new fixed-grip quad chairlift along with two new trails and two extended trails in the Gunshy Beginner Complex. The new lift will almost quadruple the uphill capacity. Upgrades are also being made to the snowmaking system through the addition of 4.5 miles of new snowmaking pipe, 13 new tower fan guns, and refitting 25 Ratnik tower guns. The resulting capacity of 6,000 gallons-per-minute will double the previous capacity.

    Pats Peak, Henniker - Pats Peak spent $500,000 this summer on improvements, bringing the total spent in the past five seasons to $5 million. Among the projects this summer were major improvements to the Bears' Den learning center, which doubled the area's size and includes new bathrooms and a separate kids' kitchen. Skiers and riders will find a new lift-serviced terrain park. Snowmaking has been improved with the addition of more fan guns, more HKD snow guns. and more snowmaking pipe. The Alpine Training Center for racers has doubled in size. The rental shop will offer 400 new pairs of skis and bindings, 400 new pairs of boots, and 100 new snowboards. Regrading of the base area will result in an additional 50 parking spaces. New "secret gladed areas" have been added that require "secret lines" to discover, some of which involve hiking.

    Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch - Cannon is in the midst of Phase 2 of its expansion program. Among projects currently underway are improvements to the Notchview and Peabody Base Lodge that will result in a larger pub, base lodge, and family room areas. Cannon is also conducting small-scale brushing and trimming on the recently re-opened Mittersill Ski Area. Other projects include the purchase of a Prinoth BR350 grooming machine, new snowmaking pump, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems for the facilities, and expansions to the rental shop and retail areas.

    Attitash, Bartlett - A focus on snowmaking improvements leads the way at Attitash for this winter. New snowmaking pipe, snowguns, flow meters and more are being installed in order to ensure optimal snow quality regardless of what Mother Nature provides. Enhancements are also being made to the base areas and lodges. The rental shop will be getting an upgraded inventory as well.

    Wildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch - Among the improvements made this summer at Wildcat are additional snowmaking pipe to enhance the snowmaking system. The Jib Lot was moved to the Lower Catapult Trail to improve the terrain park experience and improvements were made to the maintenance building.

    Crotched Mountain, Bennington - Much of the work conducted this summer at Crotched Mountain was in direct response to guest requests. The lodge entrance will have a new welcoming feel along with a new high-tech floor covering. The upstairs of the lodge will now have a fireplace to add to the atmosphere. Improvements are also being made to the snowmaking system as well as the natural snow trails.

    Granite Gorge, Keene - The rental shop at Granite Gorge has been expanded and relocated for more convenient service. The tubing area has added new Tube Pro tubes in both single and double rider formats.

    Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods - Bretton Woods is now home to one of the longest, year-round Canopy Tours in the United States. The tour descends more than 1,000 vertical feet and consists of a series of tree-top zip lines, suspension bridges, and hiking trails. The tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line running right into the base area. The Williwaw Racing Zip can also be enjoyed without participating in the entire Canopy Tour.

     


    NSAA gives a heads-up to nine resorts

    By Chris Dehnel
    Snowsports.com news editor

    It pays to use your head, at least when it concerns the National Ski Areas Association.

    The NSAA has honored nine member resorts with its annual Heads Up National Ski Area Safety Award program. The awards are designed to recognize the resorts’ initiatives to educate employees and guests about skiing and snowboarding responsibly.

    The 2009 winners are:

    -Best Overall Safety Program (more than 250,000 skier visits)

    Beaver Creek Resort, Colo.

    -Best Overall Safety Program (less than 250,000 skier visits)

    Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz.

    -Best Safety Week Program

    Vail Mountain, Colo.

    -Best Terrain Park Safety Program

    Stevens Pass, Wash.

    -Best Avalanche Safety Program

    Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

    -Best Helmet Safety Program

    Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt.

    -Best Use of the Web in a Safety Campaign

    Holiday Valley Resort, N.Y.

    "We are continually impressed with the innovative efforts our member ski areas make all season long in educating their guests about skiing and riding safety," says NSAA Director of Education and Risk Dave Byrd.

    The winning programs were officially recognized in May during the annual NSAA convention and trade show in Marco Island Resort, Fla. Each of the winning programs will also be highlighted in the August issue of the NSAA Journal.

    The award was relished at Okemo.

    "One of our main goals here at Okemo is ensuring safe and responsible skiing and riding," says Okemo Ski Patrol Director Jim Livingston. "The Okemo Ski Patrol has always placed a major emphasis on safety and we are constantly striving to do better. Next winter, we will continue our safety program on the mountain by stopping many skiers and riders to promote respect of others. We will continue to maintain a presence of patrollers and other staff on the trails, making sure everyone is practicing safe skiing and riding."

     

    Vegas conducting preseason pass sale
    By Chris Dehnel
    Snowspotsna.com News Editor

    The Las Vegs Ski & Snowboard resort is selling season passes at preseason rates until Nov. 16.

    Here's a breakdown of the pricing:

    • Children 12 and younger: $200.
    • Youths 13 to 18: $280.UNLV, CSN, Nevada State students: $375.
    • Seniors (60 and older) $375.
    • Military: $400.- Weekday: $500.
    • Adult unlimited: $525.
    • LVSSR is located on Mt. Charleston about 40 minutes from the Las Vegs Strip. The mountain maintains a city office at 7501 Thule Springs Rd..For more information, call 702-645-2754 or visit

      www.skilasvegas.com

    By Chris Dehnel

    Snowsportsna.com News Editor

    The chief executive of Bootfitting company Masterfit Enterprises is asking for help in solving a crime related to the recent Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.

    Masterfit CEO Steve Cohen said that on July 19, the day the show was to start, a rental trailer that was connected to a Masterfit truck was stolen. The trailer contained the complete Masterfit trade show booth, product samples, and supporting material, Cohen said.

    "Needless to say, it was quite a scramble to get replacement product and cobble together a booth for both OR and the World Shoe Show, which followed immediately after," Cohen said. "But we did so."

    The Salt Lake Police Dept. recovered the trailer, but it was empty, according to Cohen.

    Cohen said with the exception of a large flat screen monitor, most of the stolen goods could not be easily fenced on the street, "especially the 125 pair of Zapz Microwable Custom Insoles and the Instaprint BioGel Molding System, insole blanks, and posting shell."

    Cohen said that police told him that the thieves likely dumped the merchandise or would try to sell items to a retail outlet.

    "We are asking you to help us spread the word regarding the missing items to the retail community with the request that they be vigilant in case they are approached by thieves trying to resell the merchandise," Cohen said in a release distributed to journalists. "If a retailer is approached to buy goods by anyone other than an authorized Masterfit sales representative, we request that they obtain as much contact information as possible and contact Masterfit immediately."


    Ski New Hampshire announces capital improvements

    By Snoweportsna.com Staff

    Here’s a list of projects at Granite State snowsports areas for the 2009-10 winter season, according to Ski New Hampshire.

    Great Glen Trails, Pinkham Notch - Construction is set to begin on the fifth rendition of the Glen House. The Glen House will be a full service hotel located at Great Glen Trails and the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road. It will consist of approximately 80 rooms and offer views of the Presidential Mountains and Great Gulf. The hotel will include a large veranda, terrace, indoor pool, and spa, conference facilities, great room, dining room and more. Upon completion, the Glen House will embody the look and feel of a classic New England mountain lodge. It will incorporate modern technology in order to be environmentally-friendly and meet LEED standards. Cross country ski trails will run directly from the Glen House to the Great Glen Trails network of trails.

    Gunstock, Gilford - Gunstock is completing a two-year $3.25 million expansion project. Guests will find a new fixed-grip quad chairlift along with two new trails and two extended trails in the Gunshy Beginner Complex. The new lift will almost quadruple the uphill capacity. Upgrades are also being made to the snowmaking system through the addition of 4.5 miles of new snowmaking pipe, 13 new tower fan guns, and refitting 25 Ratnik tower guns. The resulting capacity of 6,000 gallons-per-minute will double the previous capacity.

    Pats Peak, Henniker - Pats Peak spent $500,000 this summer on improvements, bringing the total spent in the past five seasons to $5 million. Among the projects this summer were major improvements to the Bears' Den learning center, which doubled the area's size and includes new bathrooms and a separate kids' kitchen. Skiers and riders will find a new lift-serviced terrain park. Snowmaking has been improved with the addition of more fan guns, more HKD snow guns. and more snowmaking pipe. The Alpine Training Center for racers has doubled in size. The rental shop will offer 400 new pairs of skis and bindings, 400 new pairs of boots, and 100 new snowboards. Regrading of the base area will result in an additional 50 parking spaces. New "secret gladed areas" have been added that require "secret lines" to discover, some of which involve hiking.

    Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch - Cannon is in the midst of Phase 2 of its expansion program. Among projects currently underway are improvements to the Notchview and Peabody Base Lodge that will result in a larger pub, base lodge, and family room areas. Cannon is also conducting small-scale brushing and trimming on the recently re-opened Mittersill Ski Area. Other projects include the purchase of a Prinoth BR350 grooming machine, new snowmaking pump, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems for the facilities, and expansions to the rental shop and retail areas.

    Attitash, Bartlett - A focus on snowmaking improvements leads the way at Attitash for this winter. New snowmaking pipe, snowguns, flow meters and more are being installed in order to ensure optimal snow quality regardless of what Mother Nature provides. Enhancements are also being made to the base areas and lodges. The rental shop will be getting an upgraded inventory as well.

    Wildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch - Among the improvements made this summer at Wildcat are additional snowmaking pipe to enhance the snowmaking system. The Jib Lot was moved to the Lower Catapult Trail to improve the terrain park experience and improvements were made to the maintenance building.

    Crotched Mountain, Bennington - Much of the work conducted this summer at Crotched Mountain was in direct response to guest requests. The lodge entrance will have a new welcoming feel along with a new high-tech floor covering. The upstairs of the lodge will now have a fireplace to add to the atmosphere. Improvements are also being made to the snowmaking system as well as the natural snow trails.

    Granite Gorge, Keene - The rental shop at Granite Gorge has been expanded and relocated for more convenient service. The tubing area has added new Tube Pro tubes in both single and double rider formats.

    Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods - Bretton Woods is now home to one of the longest, year-round Canopy Tours in the United States. The tour descends more than 1,000 vertical feet and consists of a series of tree-top zip lines, suspension bridges, and hiking trails. The tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line running right into the base area. The Williwaw Racing Zip can also be enjoyed without participating in the entire Canopy Tour.

     


    NSAA gives a heads-up to nine resorts

    By Chris Dehnel
    Snowsports.com news editor

    It pays to use your head, at least when it concerns the National Ski Areas Association.

    The NSAA has honored nine member resorts with its annual Heads Up National Ski Area Safety Award program. The awards are designed to recognize the resorts’ initiatives to educate employees and guests about skiing and snowboarding responsibly.

    The 2009 winners are:

    -Best Overall Safety Program (more than 250,000 skier visits)

    Beaver Creek Resort, Colo.

    -Best Overall Safety Program (less than 250,000 skier visits)

    Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz.

    -Best Safety Week Program

    Vail Mountain, Colo.

    -Best Terrain Park Safety Program

    Stevens Pass, Wash.

    -Best Avalanche Safety Program

    Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

    -Best Helmet Safety Program

    Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt.

    -Best Use of the Web in a Safety Campaign

    Holiday Valley Resort, N.Y.

    "We are continually impressed with the innovative efforts our member ski areas make all season long in educating their guests about skiing and riding safety," says NSAA Director of Education and Risk Dave Byrd.

    The winning programs were officially recognized in May during the annual NSAA convention and trade show in Marco Island Resort, Fla. Each of the winning programs will also be highlighted in the August issue of the NSAA Journal.

    The award was relished at Okemo.

    "One of our main goals here at Okemo is ensuring safe and responsible skiing and riding," says Okemo Ski Patrol Director Jim Livingston. "The Okemo Ski Patrol has always placed a major emphasis on safety and we are constantly striving to do better. Next winter, we will continue our safety program on the mountain by stopping many skiers and riders to promote respect of others. We will continue to maintain a presence of patrollers and other staff on the trails, making sure everyone is practicing safe skiing and riding."

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