OGDEN -- Powder Mountain is relying heavily on education and providing alternative transportation to the mountain for this week's motocross competition.
The resort has created a campaign to both educate drivers about mountain driving and encourage guests to take resort-provided shuttles from the valley.
Powder Mountain President and CEO Gregg Greer said the resort cannot legally stop anyone from using the state road, but officials are working hard to avoid another tragedy.
After last year's event, 16-year-old Tanner Krahenbuhl, of Henderson, Nev., was killed when the brakes went out on the motor home he was in and the vehicle crashed.
"That tragedy did happen, and it was an unnecessary loss of life and it never needs to happen again," Greer said.
To try to prevent a repeat, Greer said, resort management met with the Weber County Sheriff's Office and Utah Department of Transportation to determine what they could do to prevent another crash.
He said last year they made a mistake in assuming people knew how to drive on steep grades.
This year they have discouraged people from camping on the mountain and have seen a 50 percent decrease in campers, he said. They also doubled the number of shuttles the resort is using to bring people from the Wolf Creek Festival Field in Eden, so a shuttle is leaving every 10 to 15 minutes.
Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Philip Howell said deputies will be on hand to help with security at the event itself, and two cars will patrol the road with lights on at the end of each day's event to encourage drivers to slow down.
Howell said the department has done as much as possible to prevent accidents, but there is always a chance something could happen.
"We don't anticipate any problems, but you know with those big trucks and trailers and motor homes, you never know what's going to happen. People's brakes go out on a normal day," he said.
An electronic UDOT sign will be at the top of the road reminding people leaving the mountain of the steep grade and to use a lower gear, Greer said.
He said organizers also have advised anyone planning on driving the mountain to get their vehicles and brakes checked.
"There's not much you can do except drive with your flashers on and get their (drivers) attention and hope they slow down," Howell said.
A motocross practice last weekend went off without any problems on the mountain or on the road. Increasing safety has been the focus in all aspects of the competition, Greer said. A few bad crashes on the mountain led to changes in the track to make racers think more about what they have to do so they are more careful.
A memorial banner for Krahenbuhl will be displayed at the competition.
Greer said resort officials are also still talking with UDOT about donating land to install runaway truck ramps on the road and are hopeful that will happen.
With free shuttles available, there is no reason to drive, Greer said.
For those who do bring big vehicles and trailers or motor homes and are uncomfortable driving them from Powder Mountain, the resort has partnered with a trucking company to have big rigs that are equipped to safely tow people down the mountain.
The shuttles to the competition run Friday through Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m.