With Great Powder Comes Great Responsibility

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With Great Powder Comes Great Responsibility

With Great Powder Comes Great Responsibility

Winter is coming…which means we are all excited to get our skis on and head for the slopes. But hold your horses! Do you remember how to correctly carry your skis, safely use the ski lifts or avoid colliding on the slopes? As the first flurries of snow settle on the mountainside, it’s important to have fun with our friends and faculty families, but it’s also vital that we all refresh our memories on the importance of being a responsible skier! 

This week at our winter-themed LAS Spirit Special, our students were reminded of the importance of safety when it comes to having fun on Switzerland’s beautiful Alpine ski slopes. Students were shown a ski safety code video and reminded of the seven points to follow in “Knowing The Code”. 

These points include:

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. 
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. 

The students were then able to ask questions about the video and were invited to compete against each other in an exciting challenge! Four students from each grade worked together to answer ski safety questions and race through an obstacle course wearing ski equipment. Grade 11 raced to victory, and won an extra ski afternoon for their whole grade. Well done to Grade 11 for their accurate safety knowledge and quick feet!

We hope that everyone enjoyed the session and that students feel more familiar with the safety rules that have been put in place to ensure we all have fun this ski season. Good luck to all our new and experienced skiers - we are really excited to see everyone on the slopes this winter, and we can’t wait to hear about your achievements on and off-piste. Let’s get this snow on the road!


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