We know reading a bunch of rules is just about the last thing anyone wants to do before heading out for a day on the slopes, but these rules, directly from the National Ski Area Association (NSAA) are pretty important.
They’re in place to keep you and all of our guests and staff safe. So, we thought we’d lure you in with a cute picture of Ember, our resident avalanche search and rescue dog, and then try to make safety a little more interesting with this really cool Safety Ski Playlist (like Safety Dance…get it?). Check it out before you hit the slopes, and stay safe out there!
The Skier Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects
2. People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
3. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
4. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
5. You must prevent runaway equipment.
6. Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
8. You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
9. Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
10. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
11. And here’s a little bonus track for some tree well safety. Please ski with a buddy if you head into the trees.
A note from deepsnowsafety.org: “90% of people involved in Tree Well/ Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) hazard research experiments could NOT rescue themselves. If a partner is not there for immediate rescue, the skier or rider may die very quickly from suffocation – in many cases, he or she can die as quickly as someone can drown in water.”