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Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Hosts Lids on Kids Program

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LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of kids received a free helmet and safety lessons compliments of the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and Centennial Hills Hospital.

It's part of the 7th annual ‘Lids on Kids' program, a national safety education campaign.

Volunteers fitted children for helmets with parents standing by.

Also, parents and their kids participated in a short education program presented by members of National Ski Patrol.

The goal was to learn and understand the skier/snowboarder code of safety and responsibility.

The safety message comes days after 11-year-old Vanesa Lara died while sledding in a restricted area outside the resort.

Metro says Lara was not wearing a helmet, although the coroner says it was trauma to Lara's torso that killed her.

Nevertheless, Volunteer Ski Patrol Director Randall Brody says safety gear such as helmets reduce injury to any surface.

"Statistics have shown that it's resulted in at least a 53% reduction in injuries and prevention of injuries," Brody said.

With any snow sport, Brody warns dangers are everywhere.

"Obviously there are obstacles such as trees you can hit but it's just the ground alone; if you hit the ground with a certain impact, you can definitely injure your head," Brody added.

To date, the resort has provided more than 1,000 free helmets to local kids.

The program coincides with National Ski Area Association Safety Week and Learn to Ski/Snowboard Month.

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