Safety and Risk Awareness
Skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing 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.
Exclusion of Liability – Assumption of Risks
The use of ski area premises and facilities and participation in activities at ski areas involves various risks, dangers and hazards. It is a condition of your use of the premises and facilities and your participation in these activities that you assume all risk of personal injury, death, or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract, or breach of any duty of care on the part of the ski area operator, its associated companies and subsidiaries, and their directors, officers, employees, instructors, guides, agents, representatives, sponsors, independent contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, hosts, partners, volunteers, successors, and assigns.
Alpine skiing, snowboarding, tubing, cycling, snowshoeing, hiking, sightseeing, and all other forms of travelling on natural or artificial snow or ice; participation in lessons, clinics, sessions, or tours; and all other activities conducted on and off the Operator’s premises involve many risks, dangers, and hazards. These risks, dangers, and hazards include but are not limited to:
- using, getting on or off, falling from, or component failure of chairlifts, gondolas, or surface lifts;
- changing or inclement weather conditions.
- avalanches including in-bounds avalanches.
- snow immersion.
- rock, earth, ice, and other natural objects.
- trees, tree wells, stumps, branches, and forest deadfall.
- the condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface.
- changes or variations in the terrain which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility;
- changes or variations in the surface or subsurface including changes due to artificial snow.
- variable and difficult conditions.
- streams, creeks, and exposed holes in the snow pack above streams or creeks.
- snowcat roads, road-banks, cut-banks, or constructed obstacles and features;
- collision with natural objects, lift towers, fences, snow making equipment, surface lifts, other lift equipment or structures, other persons, snow grooming equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles, other vehicles, structures or buildings.
- tours or travel within or beyond the area boundaries.
- loss of balance or control.
- slips, trips, or falls.
- negligent rescue or first aid.
- failure to act safely, within one’s own ability, or to stay within designated areas.
- encounters with domestic and wild animals including dogs and bears.
- negligence of other persons.
- NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE OPERATOR, which includes failure on the part of the Operator to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect from the risks, dangers and hazards listed above and other risks, dangers and hazards.
Alpine Responsibility 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:
- 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 and drugs.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safety load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
KNOW THE CODE - Be Safety Conscious - It is Your Responsibility!
Circles, squares and diamonds: Understanding trail designations
These symbols represent a ski resort trail designation system that categorizes ski and snowboard slopes by difficulty. Resorts throughout North America (and much of the world) use green circles, blue squares and black diamonds to indicate difficulty.
Freestyle Terrain has four levels of progression and designation for size. Start small and work your way up. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the terrain before attempting any of the procedures.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR A SAFE & FUN DAY ON THE SLOPES