The team of physicians and health care providers is headed by Robert Williams, M.D., pediatric anesthesiologist and critical care specialist at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen.
In addition to education, the team's project includes observations of skiers and riders to track data about helmet use. Their work has been presented at medical conferences, accepted for publication in medical journals and has been extensively covered by news media nationwide.
The program's presence at a resort includes posters, distribution of brochures, an exhibit, stickers and prizes. The program is non-coercive and is designed to promote both helmet use and skiing and snowboarding as a healthy lifestyle. Visit www.skihelmetsafety.org for more information.
Okemo will host a "Helmet Head" contest on Jan. 17. Okemo staff members will be out on the mountain taking pictures of willing candidates showing their best helmet head - that cool, disheveled look of matted hair that happens when a skier or snowboarder removes his helmet after a great day on the slopes.
A panel of judges will select the top-ten best helmet heads and post those photos on Okemo's blog (www.okemo.blogspot.com) for voting by blog visitors. The candidate who receives the most votes will win two complimentary lift tickets for a day of skiing or riding at Okemo.
Also on Jan. 17, as a way to promote safety and to familiarize skiers and riders with the Skier Responsibility Code, a Safety Scavenger Hunt will take place on the slopes of Okemo. Elements of the "Code" and "Smart Style" will be strategically placed along trails all over the mountain. Winners who collect The Code elements will receive prizes.
For more information visit www.nsaa.org, www.okemo.com or call 228-1600.