GO SLOW – It’s National Safety Awareness Week
  • Tahoe.com Staff, 4:08pm, 1/16/2012

    In winter sports, riders will often push that fine line between exciting and dangerous. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), during the past 10 years, about 41 people have died skiing/snowboarding per year on average. Here at Tahoe we remind riders that safety is a priority each January during National Safety Awareness Week. Local resorts will often host safety events, like avalanche training and mountain survival. But if you can’t attend a safety course keep these tips in mind from the NSAA:

    • Wear a helmet
    • Do not ride terrain the exceeds your ability
    • Take lessons
    • Wear sun and eye protection
    • Always stay in control
    • People ahead of you have the right of way
    • Stop in a safe place for you and others
    • Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
    • Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
    • Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails
    • Know how to use the lifts safely
    • Keep hydrated
    • Curb alcohol consumption
    • If you’re tired, stop skiing

    This is a partial list. To learn more visit the NSAA website.

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