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Squaw hosting programs for National Safety Awareness Week

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.andamp;#8212; In honor of National Safety Awareness Week, Squaw Valley is hosting events and activities promoting safety both on and off the mountain. Celebrated across the country Jan. 14-22, Safety Week is part of the National Ski Area Associationandamp;#8217;s safety-awareness program. andamp;#8220;The safety of our guests and our employees is our number one priority,andamp;#8221; said Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth. andamp;#8220;Supporting National Safety Week puts the spotlight on our programs that are in practice on a daily basis.andamp;#8221;Squaw will offer two free terrain park safety clinics daily through Jan. 22, as well as free avalanche beacon workshops on Jan. 20 and 21. RSVP for workshops at 530-452-7260.On Jan. 20, Squaw will host the annual Steep andamp; Deep Avalanche Awareness Clinic at 6:30 p.m. This free clinic is open to all ages and features multi-media presentations by local guides, extreme skiers and forecasters on weather, terrain analysis and snow stability. In keeping with the safety theme, Squaw is offering 20 percent off helmet purchases at all Squaw retail locations through Jan. 22. Fun childrenandamp;#8217;s activities are also planned. Kids can meet the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol and take their pictures with the Squaw Dogs andamp;#8212; the only American rescue dog team asked to patrol at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Youths may also take part in the Squaw Kids Scavenger Hunt Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on a fun, safety oriented, scavenger hunt around the mountain learning important safety aspects.Other Safety Week childrenandamp;#8217;s activities include the chance to meet a groomer and climb into the giant snow cats to learn safety tips, or decorate their helmets with outrageous style during Crazy Helmet Day. With safety events and activities running all week, these are just the tip of the iceberg.Visit squaw.com or skialpine.com.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com