Learning Rules of Right-of-Way

In our last article, we began covering the rules from the Alpine Responsibility Code. We learned that you must have control and how everyone ahead of you has the right-of-way. Today, we will continue our journey of learning safety on the slopes.

As you are skiing or snowboarding, never stop in an area where you are not visible from above or where you are obstructing a trail. Though you may have the right-of-way, it can be difficult for those coming down the mountain to stop in time. If you look up the mountain and are unable to see the run above you, those coming down the slopes are unable to see you as well. That can be a recipe for disaster.

Speaking of looking up the hill, never merge onto a trail or start downhill up to you look uphill. Yield to anyone already coming your way. Following this simple backflow testing rule can help you avoid many collisions.

If you find yourself in an accident or collision on the slopes, it is imperative to stay on the scene until the ski patrol arrives so you can identify yourself. Not only is this the right thing to do, but the ski patrol may need to investigate the incident. Once they know what happened, they can take the appropriate safety measures to reduce the risk of re-occurrence. There are many potential dangers on the slopes, whether you are skiing or snowboarding. Staying on the scene in helping the ski patrol with their investigation can help others stay safe as they enjoy the slopes. Understanding the right-of-way on a ski slope can save you and others a lot of frustration and potential injuries. Many of these rules are considered commonsense by most people, but my time on the slopes shows that a great number of people do not understand the simple concepts. Hopefully, they will find this site so they can learn them before I meet them on the slopes somewhere.