Mountain Safety & Risk Awareness
Skiing, snowboarding and other activities that take place at ski areas involve the risk of injury. The information contained in the Safety and Risk Awareness section of this website is intended to inform you of the risks, dangers and hazards that you may encounter at a ski area and help you to stay safe while enjoying these activities. Whether you are a participant in these activities or a parent or guardian of a minor participant, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Safety and Risk Awareness information on this website.
Skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing (nordic) involve various risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to the following:
- boarding, riding and disembarking ski lifts;
- changing weather conditions;
- exposed rock, earth, ice, and other natural objects;
- trees, tree wells, tree stumps and forest deadfall;
- the condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface;
- variations in the terrain which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility;
- variations in the surface or sub-surface, including changes due to man-made or artificial snow;
- variable and difficult conditions;
- streams, creeks, and exposed holes in the snowpack above streams or creeks;
- cliffs; crevasses;
- snowcat roads, road-banks or cut-banks;
- collision with lift towers, fences, snowmaking equipment, snow grooming equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles or other vehicles, equipment or structures;
- encounters with domestic and wild animals including dogs and bears;
- collision with other persons;
- loss of balance or control; slips, trips and falls;
- accidents during snow school lessons;
- negligent first aid;
- failure to act safely or within one's own ability or to stay within designated areas;
- negligence of other persons;
- and NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE OPERATOR and its directors, officers, employees, instructors, agents, representatives, volunteers, independent contractors, subcontractors, sponsors, successors and assigns.
Know The Code
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
For more information please visit the Canada West Ski Areas Associations website.
Alpine Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the ski patrol.
- Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
- Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
- You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
Cross Country Responsibility Code
- Always check posted trail conditions
- Ski in indicated direction and obey all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails
- Always ski to right when meeting on-coming skiers and when skiing on double track.
- Yield the track to faster skiers and skiers calling 'track'.
- Ski in control. On two-way trails descending skiers have right-of-way.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible to others. Move off the track quickly if you fall or during rest stops.
- Do not litter. Take out what you pack in. Respect all property.
- Report and incidents or concerns to staff.
Snow Tubing Responsibility Code:
- Make sure you are properly equipped with good winter tread on your footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
- You must have sufficient physical ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload the lift. If in doubt ask the Tube Park staff.
- Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings and any instructions given by the Tube Park staff.
- When unloading from the handle tow, stand up out of your tube and exit immediately and with caution from the offload area - watch your footing on snow stairs and ramps and ask the lift attendant to stop the lift if you feel you are having difficulty.
- You must ensure that there is only one person per tube in a sitting position - with feet able to touch the sliding surface for control if necessary.
- Before starting downhill ensure that the sliding chute is cleared below - people ahead of you have the right of way and it your responsibility to ensure that your sliding route is clear.
- When your downhill ride is completed, maintain control of the tube and look uphill to ensure the exit route is clear, then exit the chute immediately on the designated route.
- Keep off closed areas, chutes and circulation areas.
- Stay in control of your Sliding Device at all times when not sliding - do not swing tubes on tethers.
- Do not stop or loiter where you obstruct any passageway within the Park or within the Sliding Chutes, or where not visible from above.