Stratton honored with ski industry safety award

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STRATTON — The National Ski Areas Association has recognized Stratton Mountain with the 2017 Award for Best Overall Safety Program, the seventh national safety award for the southern Vermont resort.

Stratton has twice earned the national award for overall safety, twice for the best safety week program, twice for terrain park safety and once for best employee involvement and education.

This past ski season, the resort held a National Safety Month campaign that was planned and executed by a cross-section of its managers, said Jeffrey Cavagnino, the ski resort's environment and safety manager.

Also, in partnership with the Carlos Otis Clinic, the ski resort is working toward becoming a HeartSafe Community.

It purchased 12 automated external defibrillators and placed them throughout the resort for public access with locations printed on the trail map.

Since last January, more than 200 employees and community members have completed CPR and AED training sponsored by Stratton.

Safety has long been an emphasis at Stratton, as it launched its "Play Smart, Play Safe, Enjoy the Mountain" campaign in 2002, along with a "Work Smart, Work Safe, Enjoy the Mountain" campaign for employees.

That messsage is emblazoned on all uniforms and included in all communications.

Only six resorts from across the country earned NSAA awards for "exceptional initiatives to educate the public about skiing and snowboarding responsibly, not only during NSAA Safety Awareness Month in January but throughout the year," according to the NSAA Journal.

The NSAA Skier and Rider Responsibility Code covers key topics including skiing in control, right of way, and lift safety. Stratton works to take that message to the next level. Cavagnino said.

"We incorporate clear, easy to understand messages that take the Responsibility Code to that next level," Cavagnino said.

"We strive to create a culture of safety, courtesy and respect. The message is simple: We care about our skiers, snowboarders and staff. We want everyone to enjoy the mountain experience."

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