This past ski season, I tried out a newly opened ski resort. I won’t mention the name of the resort, but there was a lot of frenzy on the first day of their season. In fact, there was so much frenzy that I could have easily been hurt. Of course, it doesn’t take much to get hurt on the slopes. A simple fall into an awkward position can break a bone.
Unfortunately, many people go to the slopes without knowing the universal rules that are applicable to everyone. These rules are known as the Alpine Responsibility Code. In fact, the rules are endorsed on most ski slopes around the world with only a few variations. Before idea of the rules this to use common sense, as well as personal awareness, to reduce the risks on the slopes.
Following these rules is a very important element of yourself and others safe. Because of this, we will be covering the ARC over the next few articles.
The first rule went on the slopes is always stay in control. It is imperative that you can stop when needed and avoid other objects and people. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about building your confidence and progressing on the slopes, but don’t overestimate your own ability. As a beginner, take your time to learn to stop and gain control. It’s understandable to see people on the green slopes, just learning how to ski, a bit out of control. That’s what those slopes are for. Just don’t get ahead of yourself and move on to harder courses without building up to it first.
The next rule we will cover today is giving others the head of you the right-of-way. If you are behind them on the slopes, it’s your responsibility to avoid them. It doesn’t matter what they may be doing front of you, whether they are blocking your path or in a weird line, they are still the one with the right-of-way. If you get a chance, you can pass them, but it is your responsibility to make sure you can pass safely.
Once you understand these two rules, you are on your way towards skiing and snowboarding more safely. We will continue to cover the Alpine Responsibility Code in our next article, so come back soon.