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Skiing for Fun - Tips for an Enjoyable Day on the Slopes

Updated on January 26, 2008

Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas, you may see people using alpine, snowboard, cross country, or other specialized equipment, such as the equipment used by disabled or other skiers/snowboarders. No matter how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always think safety and show courtesy and respect to others. Be conscious of the fact that there are elements of risk in skiing/snowboarding that a little good, old-fashioned common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Keep in mind the suggestions listed below and be courteous to other skiers and snowboarders.

  • Always contact the ski area you will be visiting ahead of time for slope and weather conditions. Online slope and weather conditions are usually updated twice a day.
  • Dress properly for the weather.
  • Wear goggles to protect your eyes from sunlight and precipitation (natural or machine-made).
  • A scarf or some other form of face protection may be helpful.
  • Use extra caution whenever visibility becomes poor.
  • Avoid skiing near snow guns. The snow farther away from the snow gun is often better.
  • Know the range of your ability to negotiate any ski slope or trail and ski within the limits of such ability.
  • Maintain control of speed and course at all times when skiing.
  • Be observant in order to be able to avoid other skiers and visible objects.
  • Stay clear of snow-grooming equipment, vehicles, lift towers, signs, and any other equipment on the ski slopes and trails.
  • Take heed to all posted information and other warnings.
  • Refrain from acting in a manner which may cause or contribute to the injury of others.
  • Wear retention straps, ski brakes, or other devices to keep for losing control of skis.
  • Avoid taking actions that might move other skiers already on the slope or trail.
  • Do not move uphill on any passenger tramway or use any ski slope or trail while impaired by the consumption of alcohol or by the use of any drug.
  • If involved in a collision with another skier or person, do not leave the vicinity of the collision before giving name and current address to an employee of the ski area, a member of the ski patrol, or the other skier or the person with whom the collision occurred, except in some cases when medical treatment is required. In such case, this information shall be provided as soon as practical after the medical treatment has been obtained. If the other person involved in the collision is unknown, the skier should leave the personal identification required with the ski area operator.
  • Don't embark upon or disembark from a passenger tramway except at an area that is designated for such purpose.
  • Do not throw or expel any object from a passenger tramway.
  • Do not perform any action that interferes with the operation or running of a passenger tramway.
  • Don't use a tramway unless you have the ability to use it with reasonable safety.
  • Do not engage in any type of conduct that contributes to or causes injury to another person or his properties.
  • Do not embark upon a passenger tramway without the authority of the ski area operator.
  • Always stay in control, and 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.
  • Don't stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

See Also:

Skiing in the North Carolina Mountains

How to Make Snow


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