Collisions are one of the most devastating causes of incidents that happen on the mountain every year. Collisions happen to anyone at any time. Preventing collisions is key in making the mountains a safer place for everyone to enjoy.
The High Fives Foundation B.A.S.I.C.S program was created to reach athletes who choose to make smart decisions in the mountains and prevent injuries of any kind. The BASICS Collisions video, narrated by Olympic gold medalist and iconic freestyle skier Jonny Moseley, follows skiers Amie and Kyle as they explore all the different ways skiers and snowboarders can experience collisions on the mountain.
Ride Another Day
Five year-old Elise Johnson was just learning to ski when she was struck and killed by an out of control rider. Her parents, Kelli and Chauncy Johnson, wanted to help prevent such accidents befalling other families. The Johnson family generously offered a donation to create the #RideAnotherDay campaign in partnership with National Ski Areas Association. The campaign encourages awareness, responsibility and common sense to reduce the risk of on-mountain collisions between skiers and riders.
#RideAnotherDay Tips for Avoiding Collisions
#RideAnotherDay encourages three actions every skier can take to help prevent collisions and to keep themselves and others safer on the slopes.
Many skiing and snowboarding incidents are a result of participants traveling too fast, skiing on terrain that is above their ability, or colliding with objects or other guests.
1. Be Ready
Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride so you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run, groomed or otherwise.
2. Stay Alert
Be aware of what's going on around you, especially other skiers and riders. Taking note of those around and changing conditions will help you have a fun and safe day on the hill.
3. Plan Ahead
Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Remember the downhill skier has the right of way. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can't see what's coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down it and make note of places where you'll want to slow down, such as cat tracks and rollers. While these are fun to hop over, it is important to keep in mind that someone may have fallen in a blind spot. Also, give other skiers and riders plenty of room, especially if you are passing them. There is plenty of space out there, so there is no need to crowd each other.
By doing these three things every run, you'll be helping keep the slopes safe and enjoyable, for you and everyone else.