Beauty, Adventure, Danger…Have Fun but be Safe

Like many areas in the west, Bear Valley offers some of the most spectacular terrain for snow sports enthusiasts. With recent additions of back country and side country skiing, it is more important than ever to be informed and safe as we seek high adventure. But even within the resort boundaries, knowledge and good sense will provide for a safe, yet still exciting experience.

Awareness is the first step in education. In the world of outdoor adventure, what you don’t know can bring you great harm. So the first step is safe snow sports enjoyment is to be aware of your surroundings.  The High Fives Foundation has produced some informative videos highlighting experiences of world renowned expert skiers and snowboarders and their insight into snow sports safety.  Please take the time to watch the two videos posted on the B.A.S.I.C.S Avalanche Awareness page.

We are fortunate at Bear Valley to have some of the most experienced resources to provide back country and avalanche information and training.  Mt. Adventure Seminars ( M.A.S.)  is a well known and respected school and guide service that offers avalanche education as well as back country guided trips to enable adventure enthusiasts to safely enjoy the fantastic environment the Bear Valley area has to offer. M.A.S. owner Aaron Johnson is also Bear Valley Mountain’s new Snow Sports Manager and is responsible for Bear Valley’s Team programs.

 

Concussion…Serious Business

Awareness about the seriousness of concussions has been increasing over the last couple of years and rightfully so.  In addition to contact sports like football, snow sports athletes are exposed to situations that can result in concussions. Whether it is a spill on the race course, a fall in the terrain park or a collision on a crowded run, concussions can occur as a result of significant impact.  Of course, all the snow sports teams require helmets and while this protection is essential, it cannot guarantee prevention of concussion. Parents and coaches should know the warning signs of concussions and take action accordingly. Click Parent_Athlete_Concussion Info_Sheet for a quick reference guide.

For the Race Team USSA members, your participation in events is in accordance with the USSA concussion policyParents and athletes should familiarize themselves with this policy and also have a look at the USSA’s FAQ regarding the application of the concussion policy.

Graphic courtesy of MastersInHealthcare.comConcussion Infographic