Ski Patrol Tip of the Day:
Exercise in advance. You will have much more fun on the slopes if you're in good shape.
Always ski in control, and be able to stop or avoid other skiers or objects.
Have fun on all the slopes, but remember features in the park are for advanced riders. Know the code!
Land it clean… Leave space between riders when hitting the features.
People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
See those features better… use yellow or clear lenses at night.
when boarding, always wear wrist guards made for snowboarders or in-line skaters.
Be aware of the sun's reflection off the snow, it is strong even on cloudy days.
You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
Check if your gear is in fine condition, especially the bindings. Have them adjusted correctly at a shop.
Know the Code - Be Safety Conscious. It is your Responsibility.
You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to load, ride and unload lifts.
Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
You must not use use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.
Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
If you are involved in or witness an accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself.
Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
Always Stay on Control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
Follow the rules. Obey posted closures and other warning signs. They are there for a reason.
Respect your limits. Do not ski runs that are above your skill level. Runs are clearly marked.
Take a break if you're tired and rest for a while in the lodge. Skiing burns a lot of energy.
Wear goggles. Make sure that they fit properly around your helmet.
Get proper instruction. Sign up for lessons and polish up your skills with a lesson now and then.
Wear a helmet. Wearing protective headgear while riding just makes good sense.
Use proper equipment. Don't borrow equipment. Rent from a qualified shop or the ski resort.
When skiing off of groomed trails—especially near trees—always ski or snowboard with a partner, and keep your partner in sight. If you do fall in deep snow, grab tree branches and try to keep your body from going inverted.
Beyond the ski area lays uncontrolled backcountry terrain. Before venturing out of bounds make sure you have received the proper training in avalanche hazard education.
Buckle your Brain: Wear a snowsports-specific helmet.
Inspect your helmet daily. Don’t put stickers on helmets: They may hide cracks.
When buying a helmet look for a snug fit that doesn’t feel too tight or impede vision or hearing. Also, take your goggles along.
Injury prevention begins the day you start planning your ski vacation. Nutrition, hydration, strength and conditioning, and proper equipment will make for a better day on the slopes.
“Look before you leap” means ride the terrain park before you hit any features and make sure your buddy is looking through the landing before you take off.
Take care of your gear—regular waxing and edging during the year will improve your experience.
Always stop when tired Share the mountain. Ski defensively.
Educate kids about slope safety and the importance of skiing and snowboarding responsibly.
Have a plan—know where you’re going and be prepared for what it might present.
Respect gets respect: A little respect goes a long way Pay attention to your surroundings.
Take some lessons from a professional instructor. Your experience will be safer and more fun!
Be realistic about your abilities—study the trail map in advance of your trip so you make sure to get on the correct lifts.
The downhill person has the right of way. However, get in the habit of looking not just in front, but behind you, especially on a busy day.
Stay hydrated: drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic liquids Always wear sunscreen—even when it’s cloudy.
Start Small and Work Your Way Up—In the terrain park and throughout the mountain.
Be prepared—the weather can change quickly in a mountain environment. Dress in a wicking next-to-skin layer and avoid cotton.
Know and Use the Responsibility Code—it goes a long way towards preventing injuries.