-- Be Safe...
At ski resorts
you are introduced to a variety of people who have different ski
levels, and types of equipment. It is important to remember
that you must always be responsible, aware of your surroundings, use
common sense, and show courtesy to others in order to enjoy the
slopes. There is a skiers code that must be observed at all times to
keep you and others safe on the slopes and reduce the risk of
getting injured skiing.
People ahead of you have the
right of way.
Maintain control at all times
and always focus on skiing and your surroundings.
Stop in a safe place for you
and others where you will not interfere with someone coming down
the slope behind or beside you.
Whenever starting downhill or
merging, look uphill and yield to the oncoming skier.
If a run is busy you should stop and let
others pass and then proceed with caution.
Use devices to help prevent
Keep a distance of 25-50 feet
between you and other skiers.
Always observe signs and
warnings. If you find yourself on a trail that is too
difficult then keep your skis on and side step down the
off closed trails, observe avalanche signs, and stay out of the
way of snow vehicles.
Use precaution when getting on
and off lifts.
If you are passing a skier from
behind call out to them the direction (right or left) that you
will be passing them.
Always ski with someone and
stay together at all times.
Never step on the slopes if you
are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Know The Symbols
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.
Here’s what they mean: Green Circle:
Easier; Blue Square: More Difficult; Black Diamond: Most Difficult;
Double-Black Diamond: Most Difficult, use extra caution. You’ll find
them on trail maps and posted on signs on the mountain. The same
trail symbols are used at every resort in the country, but as Albert
Einstein must have said, “It’s all relative.” A Green Circle trail
at Jackson Hole, Wyo., might be as tough as a Blue Square at
Sunlight, Colo. Not a big deal. The trail ratings are consistent
within each resort. So all the “Greens” at a ski area will be about
the same difficulty, as will the “Blues” and the “Blacks.”
Before you ride a lift during your
first few days, make sure you can handle the trails at the top.
Check your trail map and make sure the trail symbols off of that
lift fit your ability. If you have any questions or need directions,
go talk to a lift attendant or anyone in a resort uniform.