By David Schissler
(September 2012) In a recent conversation with Troy Hawks of the NSAA I learned of four things every skier and boarder needs to know regarding safety on the hill.
1. For all of you terrain park aficionados for tips on how to: Make a plan, look before you leap, easy style it, and how respect gets respect. visit: www.terrainparksafety.org
2. Parents, visit: www.lidsonkids.org to learn why a helmet is a must, how to buy the right helmet, how to be sure the helmet fits properly and more.
3. You can also pay a visit to: www.kidsonlifts.org for tips on how kids can ride a lift safely and how to understand trail ratings.
4. Speaking of trail ratings, be aware that the classic green circle for beginners, blue square for intermediates and black diamond for expert terrain are not national standards but vary from mountain to mountain relative to its’ terrain. While virtually every ski area has green circles and blue squares that black diamond in the Rockies is a far cry from one in places such as Pennsylvania or Illinois.