Your Responsibility Know The Code
Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas, you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce injury.
Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
- People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
- Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
- Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
- You must prevent runaway equipment.
- Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
- Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
Officially endorsed by: National Ski Areas Association
Smart Style Terrain Park Safety
The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards would like to welcome you to the “Smart Style” Terrain Park Safety initiative. This venture has been a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of terrain parks at mountain resorts, while also delivering a unified message that is clear, concise, and effective.
We believe the “Smart Style” message along with existing safety messages will help to heighten the sense of education and awareness about the proper use of terrain parks in a way that is not hard to deliver, or for that matter to digest.
The more people we can educate and get involved to help to spread the knowledge, the better!
The Smart Style Program:
There are four main messages that are associated with Smart Style:
- Make a Plan. Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
- Look Before You Leap. Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
- Easy Style It. Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended).
- Respect Gets Respect. From the lift line through the park.
Tips For Prior To Hitting The Slopes
Get in shape
Don’t try to ski yourself into shape. You’ll enjoy skiing more if you’re physically fit.
Check that your gear is ready
Tune up your skis and boards, be sure to keep them waxed to keep them flat. Unwaxed bases wear on the edges making the base convex, which makes them difficult to control. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly.
Tips For While On The Slopes
Take a lesson
Like anything, you’ll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
The key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control
To have it, you must be aware of your stance, technique, the terrain and the skiers/snowboarders around you. Be aware of the snow conditions and how they can change. As conditions turn firm, the skiing gets hard and fast. Begin a run slowly.
Drink plenty of water
Be careful not to become dehydrated.
Know your limits
Learn to ski and snowboard in control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all have fun. If you’re tired, take a break.
You’ve arrived. You’re geared up and have a lift ticket. Now what? Go get a trail map at the base lodge or lift-ticket window. Take a few minutes to check it out. The lifts and the trails are marked on the map. The colored symbols next to the trails are the keys to enjoying your first few days on the slopes. Their shape and color indicate the difficulty of the trail.
Green Circle: Easier
Blue Square: More Difficult
Black Diamond: Most Difficult
Double-Black Diamond: Most Difficult, use extra caution
Orange Oval: Freestyle Terrain