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Reckless Skier? Now, That's Inspiration

Having an out-of-control skier crash into your mom is never a good thing, but sometimes there's a hidden benefit. On a family ski trip, 12-year-old Cas Bowman watched a skier knock his mother over, inspiring him to create his winning "Ski In Control" poster for the annual National Ski Areas Association contest.

Bowman won the award for "Best Safety Message" for his poster admonishing people to "Ski In Control." A regular at Terry Peak, S.D., Bowman says he always wears his helmet now on the slopes. Never one at a loss for ideas, the fifth-grader says next year's poster entry will promote safety getting on and off the lifts-an idea that was inspired by an icy chairlift seat earlier this season. "I'm kind of short and sometimes getting on the lift is difficult," Bowman says.

For her winning poster, 8-year-old Kathryn Habecker turned to her love of cats. Kathryn had the idea of promoting snowboard leashes, which lead to her "Cool Cats Wear Leashes" poster and her "Most Creative Award." Canines were never a consideration. "Dogs wear leashes but I like cats," explains Habecker, who represented Crystal Mountain, Wash. The third-grader participated in the Crystal Mountain Kids Program since she was 2 years old. She took up snowboarding this season, and though her instructors say she's a natural, she still prefers skiing.

The annual poster contest encourages elementary-aged kids to create a slope-safety-related poster that highlights one of the seven points of the skiers and boarders Responsibility Code, which is a compilation of safety rules used at U.S. resorts. The poster contest is part of NSAA's ongoing "Heads Up" slope-safety campaign.

Bowman and Habecker will receive a helmet from Boeri, who co-sponsored the event with SKI Magazine. This year, 33 ski areas representing 22 states submitted posters for the national contest. An estimated 5,000 posters were created by children and submitted to local contests. For more information on the contest, slope safety, or the Heads Up safety initiative, log on to nsaa.org. The deadline for the 2004 contest is March 1, 2004.

Click the slideshow below to view the winning artwork.

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