Common Sense Rules for the Slopes

Over the past couple articles, we have been discussing ways to stay safe while on the ski slopes. We will continue learning more about the rules of the Alpine Responsibility Code below, so keep reading.

It is important when on the slopes to prevent runaway equipment using proper devices. Though most ski resorts are lax with this rule, some will require snowboarders to wear leashes. Remember, that skis have brakes, and it is important to ensure they are working properly. Always be conscious of where your equipment is and how it is placed. Snowboards should be placed with their bindings down to the snow and laying horizontal to the mountain.

Always read in a day any posted warnings and signs. These are posted for your safety. When you don’t follow the signs, you may end up on a double black trail after recently graduating from the blue run. Every day, the ski patrol goes through a lot of effort to update the mountain conditions. The warning signs they post are for your safety.

Though it should go without saying, always stay off closed trails. They are closed for a reason, and ski patrol doesn’t want to have to come rescue you because you are a rule breaker.

Another point that should be common sense is to never use lifts or the terrain if you have impaired ability of using drugs or alcohol. I am all about having a drink or two here and there, but when you are intoxicated, you have reduced coordination and an increased chance of bad judgment. When you go down the mountain impaired, chances are, the mountain will win.

The last thing to consider in staying safe on the slopes is to have enough knowledge, ability, physical dexterity to load and unload the lifts. If you are uncertain of your abilities, talk with a list attendant before trying to use the lift. We will cover more information about riding a lift in our next article.

Now that we have covered all the rules of the Alpine Responsibility Code, you should be ready to hit the slopes safely. If you see anyone acting unsafely on the slopes, you should immediately alert ski patrol before someone gets hurt.