Steamboat Springs Ramsey Bernard, a sixth-grader who loves Alpine skiing, knows by heart the photos hung on the Howelsen Hill Lodge walls and the rules of skiing etiquette posted among them. Bernard's attentiveness paid off.
She was announced Wednesday as the grand-prize winner of the Steamboat Ski Area Safety Poster Contest. The contest was sponsored by Ski Corp. as a means of increasing students' awareness of skiing and riding in a safe manner, said Michael Lane, Ski Corp. spokesman.
Bernard, a student from Christian Heritage School, competed with entries from students in all seven local schools.
Bernard said she had her award presented to her after participating in the school's morning prayer and song.
"It's pretty awesome; I didn't expect to win," she said. Bernard's prize included a ski pass for the 2002-2003 year and $60. With the extensive skiing Bernard does as an Alpine ski racer, she said she will put the pass to good use.
In addition, prizes were presented for first through third-place at each school that participated.
Bernard said in the picture she drew both a snowboarder and skier doing a grab within close proximity of each other to illustrate an instance where mountain etiquette is required.
Bernard said her picture was selected because of its "well thought-out" message. She said she drew the picture with colored pencils using a photograph as a guide. Bernard said her mom also gave her advice in deciding what to include in the photo.
The contest, she said, helped other kids gain awareness about skiing safety rules but attributes her own personal awareness of ski safety to her participation in the Winter Sports Club.
Bernard's poster and the many posters submitted will be displayed throughout Steamboat Ski Corporation offices, Lane said. He said one of their ski patrol officers, Michele Baxter, implements the program and presented all the awards to the kids with winning pictures Wednesday.
"The kids have really creative ideas. It is a fun way for kids to learn," Lane said.