Skiing Safety Tips - Courtesy of Trails.com



1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
 If you have never skied before, please take a lesson and learn how. In a standard beginner lesson you will learn what normally takes three full days of trial and error to figure out on your own. The steeper the slope the more turns you need to make to stay in control. If you are tucking or just going straight down a steep slope and not turning, you are probably not in control. Do Not Attempt to ski beyond your ability! Trying to ski beyond your level of ability exposes you to serious injury and could even be fatal.

2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
When passing another skier, give them plenty of room for sudden changes in direction. It is also a good idea to let them know that you’re there and what your intentions are by saying something like, “I’m on your left (or right)”. Please give them plenty of warning and try not to startle them, as they might fall right in front of you. Be aware that if you are passing a lot of people you might be skiing too fast for the current traffic flow or slope conditions.

3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
When you are waiting on your friends at the top or bottom of the slope, please pause on the side. If you fall where you cannot be seen from above, please move out of the way as soon as possible.

4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look up hill and yield to others.
Just like crossing a road, check for traffic before starting down any slope.

5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
To help protect others, skis need brakes; boards and blades need a strap or a leash. Please do not lie down on top of a snowboard to use the snowboard as a sled.

6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
Watch for “slow” skiing areas and “Slope Closed” signs. If there is a rope stretched across or on the edge of a slope that is the same as a closed sign. Please do not cross any rope into non-patrolled areas. If you become lost or injured there you might not be found quickly.

 7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Make sure that the lift you are going to ride services the slopes that are within your ability. If you are unsure where a lift goes, there are trail maps available. Remove pole straps from your wrists before loading a lift. When unloading keep your poles in one hand. Leave the unloading area at the top of the lift immediately. The people on the chairlift or rope tow behind you might not be able to avoid hitting you if you remain in their way.
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