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Snow Safety & Education

Winter activities, such as skiing and snowboarding have increased in popularity. The Snow Safety & Education presentation is intended to foster awareness of the risks associated with these activities for children, to make sure they have the safest, and most enjoyable experience possible while outdoors.

The Snow Safety & Education Program can be delivered by any interested adult—including parents, teachers, and guide or scout leaders—using the Presenting Snow Safety & Education guide. Alternatively, when available, trained AdventureSmart presenters are able to present the program to groups. Visit our Request a Presentation page to submit your request.

Snow Safety & Education is available free of charge, and presentations can be adapted to fit with the age of the audience and to the amount of time allocated to the presentation, as long as the key messaging of AdventureSmart: Trip Planning, Training, and Taking the Essentials (commonly referred to as the 3 T’s) is covered.

Trip Planning

Before you hit the slopes, think about trip planning! Trip planning will be different depending on if you are skiing or snowboarding, and whether you are on a school trip, or a vacation with family or friends, but it is just as important! Trip planning means planning your route, knowing the terrain and conditions, checking the weather, and leaving a written trip plan with a teacher, family member, or friend.

A good rule of thumb for trip plans is that they answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how about the trip.

    Training

    Being prepared by getting the proper training is key to having an enjoyable time while skiing or boarding. Learning the Alpine Responsibility, and taking an activity-specific course such as a ski or snowboard lesson, are useful training opportunities.

    Taking the Essentials

    When skiing or boarding, essential equipment is needed. Most hills require youth to wear a helmet, and you will want warm clothing such as gloves, socks, and a hat to stay warm.

    Snow Safety Video: “A Little Respect—think first”

    View the video “A Little Respect—think first” to learn about the Alpine Responsibility Code, as well as general tips for safe skiing and snowboarding.

    AdventureSmart uses a network of presenters, primarily volunteers, to meet your presentation requests.

    However, due to the popularity of our program, we can’t always meet the demand in your community. As such, we encourage parents, group leaders, and educators to use the resources below to deliver the message.

     

    Guidelines

    Snow Safety & Education must be delivered free of charge, and presentations can be adapted to fit the age of the audience, and the amount of time allocated to the presentation, as long as the two key parts are covered.

    Using our instructor materials, those interested in Snow Safety & Education can learn about presenting key material, and offering a fun and informative presentation.

    Click here to request a presentation, to be delivered to your group by one of our many trained AdventureSmart presenters.

    If you would like to give the presentation to your group yourself, please see the suggested introduction, outline, and tips below.

     

    Snow Safety & Education Presentation Outline

    The Snow Safety & Education presentation has two parts:

    On-hill ski/board safety:

    This part teaches ski hill safety to skiers and snowboarders, to prepare them for a school trip to a local ski hill, or a weekend at a ski resort with family and friends.

    What do you need for the backcountry?

    This part teaches skiers and snowboarders how to be prepared and stay safe while in unmanaged spaces.

     

    Snow Safety & Education Presentation Details

    • The Alpine Responsibility Code;
    • Ski resort signs and symbols;
    • Backcountry hazards;
    • Avalanches and being prepared with additional avalanche education, training and equipment.

     

    Presenter Tips

    Try to sit at the level of your audience so you are not talking down to them.

    Be conscious that some audience members may have been affected by winter recreation incidents previously, and always discuss these topics with respect and sensitivity.

    Use inclusive language (efor example, “skiing or riding”, “he or she”)

     

    Register as a presenter*

    *In order to become a presenter with AdventureSmart, individuals need to be associated with an organization.

    Request a Presentation

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