Valley in Brief: Vail Mountain honored with industry safety awards |

Valley in Brief: Vail Mountain honored with industry safety awards

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VAIL — Vail Mountain took home two of the five annual safety honors from the National Ski Areas Association this weekend, the ski industry trade group based in Lakewood announced at its national convention and tradeshow.

The awards recognize exceptional resort initiatives to educate guests and employees about skiing and snowboarding responsibly. Vail Mountain, which sees upwards of 1.7 million skier days each season, won for Best Overall Safety Program for resorts with 350,000 or more visits. Vermont’s Stratton Mountain Resort, which will soon be owned by Aspen Skiing Co. following Intrawest’s recent sale of the ski area, took the same prize for resorts up to 350,000 visits.

Vail’s second award came via ski patrol and mountain safety member Eliza Smith, who was recognized in the Safety Champion category. The other winners were Oregon’s Mount Hood Meadows for Best Employee Safety Program and Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Alpine Meadows, California, for Best Guest Safety Program.

Winners will be featured in the summer issue of the NSAA’s trade publication. For more information on NSAA’s safety education initiatives, visit and click the “Safety” tab.

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