Northstar California to host National Safety Awareness Week events | SierraSun.com

Northstar California to host National Safety Awareness Week events

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8211; Jan. 13, 2012 andamp;#8211; Northstar will again participate in the annual National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Awareness Week, through Jan. 22, with a variety of on and off mountain activities and events. In an effort to raise safety education and awareness at resorts across the country, NSAAandamp;#8217;s annual Safety Week provides opportunities for skiers and riders to be educated on snow sports safety.This season, Northstar has stepped up its on-mountain safety awareness initiatives, having recently rolled out the andamp;#8220;Play It Safeandamp;#8221; campaign introduced across all six mountains operated by Vail Resorts. Skiers and riders will see new safety-related signage throughout the mountain and a greater presence of mountain safety and operations personnel.Throughout Safety Week, Northstar will host daily andamp;#8220;Meet the Mountainandamp;#8221; tours featuring important safety tips and general snow safety, complimentary andamp;#8220;Mommy, Daddy and Meandamp;#8221; lessons in the Big Easy Learning Area, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. for children ages 3-5 and their parents. There will also be grooming demonstrations with the resortandamp;#8217;s snow cats, a meet and greet with Kaya, an 18-month old Belgian Malinois in training for Wilderness Live Find Search andamp; Rescue and Avalanche, and much more. A special addition to this yearandamp;#8217;s Safety Week is the premiere of andamp;#8220;Moving Forward,andamp;#8221; the story of snowboarder and Northstar Team Rider, Danny Toumarkineandamp;#8217;s triumphant return to riding after suffering a traumatic brain injury while snowboarding on a film trip in Montana last winter. The complimentary movie premiere will take place at TCandamp;#8217;s Pub, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m. and will include food and drink specials. Guests will have the unique opportunity to participate in a Qandamp;A session with Danny following the premiere.Play It Safe, Play All SeasonNew this ski and snowboard season, Vail Resorts launched a company-wide, enhanced slope safety campaign across its six mountain resorts andamp;#8211; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly and Northstar in California and Nevada. The Play It Safe campaign is a multi-faceted, comprehensive campaign aimed at addressing slope safety by communicating how guests can ski and snowboard more responsibly and still have a great time. All six of the Companyandamp;#8217;s resorts are implementing enhanced on-mountain Play It Safe messaging across a variety of channels and in critical locations, such as terrain park exits and areas where trails merge, to reach skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Vail Resorts is also working on video communications with sponsored Olympic and world champion ski and snowboard athletes Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White who share the companyandamp;#8217;s safety vision. Northstarandamp;#8217;s Safety Week schedule Through Sunday, Jan. 22Complimentary Nature Valley Bars.Mommy, Daddy and Me complimentary lessons in the Big Easy Learning Area 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. for children ages 3-5 and their parents.Start Park Terrain Park at the bottom of Vista Express chair. Instructors will be available to provide tips 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.The grooming department will have a snow cat at the summit and an operator present to explain the grooming process and why we groom to keep the mountain safe. Offered daily at the Summit noon-2 p.m.Daily andamp;#8220;Meet the Mountainandamp;#8221; tours will feature important safety tips and general snow safety while on the mountain. Meet at the entrance to the Arrow Express chairlift at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.Mine, the childrenandamp;#8217;s store in the Village at Northstar and the Northstar Kidandamp;#8217;s Ski andamp; Snowboard School will hold the annual NSAA safety poster contest. One lucky poster will be sent to be entered in the national contest.Guests may participate in the end of the day andamp;#8220;Mountain Sweep with a Patrollerandamp;#8221; by meeting at the Mt. Pluto Patrol Shack at 3:45 p.m.Mine, True North and Butterbox Merchandise discount: Purchase a helmet and get 10 percent off a regularly priced merchandise item.Tuesday, Jan. 17: andamp;#8220;Moving Forwardandamp;#8221; movie premiere: A complimentary movie premiere, food and drink specials, and Qandamp;A with Northstar Team Rider Danny Toumarkine, at 6 p.m. in TC’s PubThursday through Sunday, Jan. 19 – 22: Meet and greet with Kaya, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois in training for Wilderness Live Find Search andamp; Rescue and Avalanche. Sheandamp;#8217;ll be at the top of the Gondola and up at Zephyr Patrol Shack throughout the day.Zephyr Patrol Shack open house and patrol equipment demo, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 21: Care Flight landing and open andamp;#8220;houseandamp;#8221; at mid-mountain, noon-1:30 p.m.For more information about Northstar and the complete upcoming events calendar, visit http://www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.