For those of you that aren’t already aware, the High Fives Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports mountain sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness, while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.
As a part of its B.A.S.I.C.S (Being Aware Safe In Critical Situations) educational video series, High Fives has released a new 25-minute documentary film titled Choices. Throughout the film, viewers will learn how to make smart decisions in order for them to enjoy a lifetime of activities in the mountains. The content within provides a great reminder for all of us—the dangers of the sport are very real. We must take nothing for granted. For those who have pals who are just getting into the sport, do ‘em a favor and make ‘em watch this.
Topics covered throughout the film…
Rider Awareness: Learn the trails carefully. Be mindful of snow conditions and obstacles like rocks, trees, ice, and cliffs. Take mental notes about the mountain every time you ski or ride.
Be Prepared: The best way to learn is from your friends, family and coaches. Be methodical about your training and preparations. The most elite athletes are the most prepared skiers and riders.
Chairlift Safety: Always put the bar down, no matter what age you are . Sit way back until you safely exit. Follow all mountain chairlift rules so you can have more fun skiing.
Know Your Mountain: Review and respect resort and ski patrol signage. It is there to help athletes make smart choices based on mountain conditions, abilities, dangerous obstacles, and other important info.
Choose Your Adventure: This is the intro of the film. Skier JT Holmes says it best, “Every highly accomplished mountain man or woman bares the scare of a life-changing experience, it’s a strong reminder that the choices we make have a lasting impact on our lives and everyone around us.”
Passing The Torch: If you teach the lessons early, it will last forever. Sharing knowledge can promote smart decision making for years to come.
LaPlante Brothers: The LaPlante brothers teach us important things to think about while following our peers and filming them. “Train together, progress together.”
For more information on High Fives, click here.