Safety Tips

Follow these helpful hints to make your on-mountain experience even better!

  • Look ahead and be aware of other skiers and terrain. You are sharing the slope with others.
  • Listen to your body. Stretch and warm-up properly before pushing your personal limits or skill level.
  • Take it easy late in the day when you begin to tire; this is when most accidents happen.
  • If a trail feels overcrowded, carefully pull off to the side and let others clear out. Often people ski/ride in waves and if you just wait a minute or two, you will have the trail all to yourself.
  • If you fall in steep terrain, stop immediately by digging in your skis, feet, hands, poles, whatever you have to prevent a long slide down the mountain.
  • When in need of Ski Patrol, take off your skis and cross them in the snow above you.
  • The new carving equipment enables more people to carve turns and ski faster. Be aware of your speed, and watch for skiers all around you.
  • Think of a ski run like a street. You wouldn't park in the middle of the street, nor would you pull into traffic without looking.
  • During flat or low light, ski or ride slower and with extra caution.
  • Keep your equipment in good condition. Skis/Boards with rough edges and scarred bases can behave erratically.
  • Never leave the scene of an accident. Send someone to call Ski Patrol and wait for their arrival.
  • Eat and drink during your day on the mountain. Staying hydrated and well fueled is important, especially at high altitude.
  • Know and abide by Your Responsibility Code. It has seven points - learn and understand them. Click Here to view the Your Responsibility Code.
  • Slow down when riding over knolls or blind spots to ensure you can avoid any unseen objects or people below you.
  • Terrain park users remember to inspect the jumps before taking them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
  • Yield to kids. Give them extra room. Kids ski/ride unpredictably, and often do not know right from left.
  • Look 3 seconds ahead of you and where you want to go, not towards objects you are trying to avoid.
  • When loading/unloading a chairlift with small children, ask the lift attendant for assistance.
  • If you ever fall in a wooded area or toward a fixed object, get both of your feet below you to protect your head and upper body.
  • Never stop or stand under the chair lift.  People can accidentally drop things from the chair.
  • Ensure that while riding the chairlift your equipment is well fastened. Don't lean out of a chairlift to try to retrieve a falling piece of clothing or equipment.
  • When skiing/riding in groups, be sure to stop on the sides of trails to avoid blocking an entire trail.
  • Consider wearing a helmet, they reduce the risk of head injuries. Skiing/riding in control is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Go slow in Slow Zones! They mark areas of congestion or cross traffic, so respect others and reduce your speed.
  • Slower skiers/riders on catwalks or narrow trails should leave room for others to pass.
  • When riding a chairlift, always pull down the bar/footrest after notifying other passengers.
  • Remove your skis from your shoulder when walking in congested areas.
  • Exercise care when walking in ski boots, they are slippery! Use handrails on stairs and watch for slick surfaces.
  • When loading and unloading lifts, hold poles in 1 hand. Pay attention to the lift attendant.
  • Know how to use lifts safely. When in doubt, ask for help from the lift attendant.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • Obey all closures. Trails are closed for safety reasons and ignoring closures exposes you to real risks, the least of which is losing your ticket/pass.
  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • The more people that are on a trail, the slower you should go.
  • Never ski in trees without a partner, and exercise caution.
  • Look uphill and yield when entering a slope.
  • Should you ever lose control while headed toward an object, sit down immediately, putting your hip into the uphill side of the snow.
  • Know your limits and stay within them.
  • Read and obey all signs.
  • Use your peripheral vision to be aware of objects, terrain changes, and people around you.
  • When passing on a catwalk, call out "on your left" or "on your right" to alert the slower skier/rider of your presence.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and avoid others.
  • Stop only where you are visible from above and be sure you are not obstructing a trail.
  • If you are listening to music, take extra care to stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Be responsible.

 

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