The B.A.S.I.C.S (Being Aware Safe In Critical Situations) program was created to reach young athletes in order to promote smart decision making in the mountains and prevent injuries of any kind.
Fiver is the face of the High Fives Foundation’s B.A.S.I.C.S program!
Fiver and his friends, JT Holmes, Cody LaPlante, Elyse Saugstad, John Egan, & Connery Lundin are here to remind you to stay smart on the snow. They know that whether you’re earning your turns in the backcountry, lapping the terrain park, or slaying powder inbounds, being aware of your surroundings will keep you stoked for years to come.
EPISODE 1 - COLLISIONS
Collisions at the resort pose one of the greatest safety risks to both beginners and experts alike. Trees, rocks, obstacles and other skiers or riders can be severely injured when you travel at even modest speeds over snow. Chief safety officer John Egan of Sugarbush Resort gives a few simple tips to avoid collisions at the resort.
EPISODE 2 - MOUNTAIN RESCUE
Accidents at the resort are more common than one might think. Do you know what to do if you encounter an injured skier or rider on the slopes? Syd of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski patrol gives a few useful tips and practices to insure the patient is given the best care possible in a timely fashion. Listen up because these simple tips can be the difference between life and death.
EPISODE 3 - HELMETS ARE COOL
Toby Miller started his professional snowboard career at the ripe age of 13. World cup, world championships and X-games Toby has seen it all. But one thing thing has remained constant throughout his varied career. His Helmet. From day one Toby has been an advocate for helmet safety and use. Be inspired by Toby’s positive attitude and stoke for life.
EPISODE 4 - AVALANCHE AWARENESS
Avalanches are one of the most destructive forces of nature. With more and more people venturing into the backcountry, it’s imperative to learn safe travel practices in order to mitigate the dangers posed by avalanches. Professional skier and avalanche survivor Elyse Saugstad gives an overview of absolutely must know safety topics for anyone wanting to step foot out of the resort and into avalanche terrain.
EPISODE 5 - KNOW YOUR PARK
Safely navigating a terrain park takes knowledge, skill and respect. Blake of Woodward Tahoe takes us through the importance of progression and safety learning the skills to be successful in any terrain park. These tips will arm you with the knowledge to push your skiing and riding to the next level in a smart and safe fashion.
The B.A.S.I.C.S program consists of individual campaigns aimed at educating young athletes.
Over the past decade, we’ve created various, well-produced, public service announcement videos around messages promoting safety while having fun on the snow. Our campaigns include:
Helmets Are Cool
Know Your Park
To prevent injuries before it’s too late.
Each campaign features famous skiers and snowboarders telling their own stories while promoting injury awareness. The videos also interview athletes who have suffered an injury from a skiing or snowboarding accident and are on the path to recovery.
Each campaign has its own mission. Whether it’s promoting safety in the backcountry, the benefit of wearing a helmet, what to do in a collision, or how to stay safe in the terrain park, the B.A.S.I.C.S program is important to show young skiers and snowboarders everywhere.
Materials from the B.A.S.I.C.S program are available to present at schools and community events. High Fives Foundation is working to spread its messages via ambassadors and volunteers at events across the country. You can help.
Reach out to us with your contact information to learn more about hosting a presentation at your school, club, organization, or an orientation.
The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of outdoor sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. We depend on donations to fulfill the dreams of our athletes and help them through some of the hardest times of their lives.