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‘Have faith, ski safe’ in Vail

Emma Brown
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyVail Mountain School student Larkin Armbruster holds the poster that she created for the NSAA National Kids Safety Poster Contest while standing next to a safety initative poster Wednesday at Vail Mountain School.

VAIL, Colorado ” Have you ever seen a nun holding cocoa in front of a Vail Mountain chair lift with Colorado’s Gore Range Mountains and a dark blue sky in the background?

Have you ever heard the phrase “Have faith, ski safe.”

Well, those are this year’s winning slogan and design in the National Ski Areas Association’s safety poster competition, and Vail Mountain School fourth grader Larkin Armbruster created them.

Larkin, of Eagle-Vail, received her award at the school on Wednesday.

“I love skiing moguls and races,” Larkin said.

She has been skiing since she was 18 months old and belongs to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Larkin said her former art teacher, Michelle Gurenn, helped her with the drawing that took her two weeks to complete. Larkin said she wants to be an elementary school teacher when she grows up.

Bob Cox, supervisor of the Vail Mountain Yellow Jacket Program, surprised Larkin at a school assembly and presented her with a certificate of appreciation for the most creative ski safety poster.

Other talent showcased at the schools assembly included kindergartners in Halloween costume singing “Five Little Pumpkins” and the Lower School Choir sang “Grim, Grinning Ghost.”

Last year during National Safety Week, Vail Mountain held a safety poster competition in which Larkin was recognized for her poster. All the posters were then entered into the ninth annual national kids safety poster contest organized by the National Ski Areas Association.

Cox also revealed the “Safety First 08-09” poster at the school. It has the messages, “Have Fun on Vail Mountain” and “Warning Objects Are Closer Than They Appear,” and resembles a car’s side mirror.

The Yellow Jackets are Vail Mountain’s safety squad. They remind skiers and snowboarders in crowded areas to respect others’ space, to slow down and inform skiers of grooming information and runs which are less crowded.

The are seven parts of this season’s safety initiatives for skiers and snowboarders:

– Always stay in control

– People ahead of you have the right of way

– Stop in a safe place for you and others

– When entering a trail or starting downhill look uphill to see if it’s safe for you and others

– Use safety devices to help prevent runaway equipment

– Observe all posted signs and warnings and stay off of closed trails

– Before loading a lift you must know how to ride a chairlift.

Vail Mountain will open Nov. 21 and Beaver Creek on Nov. 26.

“Most of all the priority is to have fun and to share the mountain, to take it easy and have a great time,” Cox said.

This is the second time a student from the Vail Mountain School has won the national poster contest. Grey Flynn won the first competition nine years ago.

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