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World View: Use your head, be careful out there

Yes, the fresh powder Mother Nature dumped on Tahoe over three days last week is readily welcomed by schussers and ski resorts.

But, as locals and visitors alike flock to our local ski resorts to enjoy the powder, they should remember to be safe on the slopes.

In recent weeks, ski patrolers, sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters and Tahoe Forest Hospital employees have been kept busy with ski-related problems – from twisted ankles and bloody noses to serious, life-threatening injuries.

By all means, call in sick and hit the slopes. But, please, be careful.

Here are some tips to keep you safe on the mountain:

– Slow down.

– Wear a helmet.

– Don’t ski beyond your ability.

– Be aware of those around you.

– Stay in bounds.

– Always tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll return (whether on the slopes or in the back country).

And, finally, thanks to all of our local fire and rescue personnel who are always there to answer our calls for help.

Keep up the good work!

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