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Sun Valley Ski Patrol Gears Up For NSAA Safety Week

The Sun Valley Ski Patrol is gearing up once again for the NSAA Safety Week program set this year for January 19-25.

For the past three years, the Sun Valley Ski Patrol has received national acclaim and awards for their efforts to increase safety awareness on Baldy and Dollar Mountains.

This year will be no exception as the fun continues with outreach in the Wood River Valley elementary schools and through exciting interactive programs on the mountains.

If you’ve always wanted to be rescued by a highly trained avalanche dog, now is your chance. SV Ski Patrol avalanche dogs will perform actual “rescues” on you Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 am. Those interested in participating or watching the actual search should meet at the Lookout Restaurant.

The avalanche dogs also will be featured guests  at a “Meet and Greet” at the top of the Roundhouse Gondola. Skiers/riders with correct answers to questions about Mountain Community and Safety Awareness will receive free cocoa tickets.

On the top of Baldy near the kiosk a gigantic Mountain Community Snow Sculpture will be built while snow safety beacon drills will be performed for the public throughout the week. Check in with the Sun Valley Ski Patrol.

A “chair-aware” practice will be set up on Dollar to refresh proper loading and unloading skills while Pete Lane’s will offer free binding and helmet checks.

Also on Dollar there will be a classic 1979 Tucker Snowcat wearing all sorts of safety signs and messages.

Lots of free schwag will be offered all over both mountains including free bandanas, lanyards, sunscreen and tickets for free cocoa. The Race Dept. also will chip in with some discounted racing. Hint: Learn the Responsibility Code.

For more details please call the SV Ski Patrol, 208-622-6262.