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Safety Sunday: Know the Code


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Know-the-Code Logo_164x108Here in Colorado Ski Country, we proudly promote the seven points of the skier and snowboarder Responsibility Code. The Code is a list of seven key tenets established in 1966 by the National Ski Areas Association and promoted by ski areas nationwide. The tenets outline key steps to enjoying a safer day on the slopes. In fact, the Code is incorporated into Colorados Ski Safety Act. Its up to you and your friends and loved ones to Know the Code!

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Colorados Ski Safety Act

In addition to the skier and snowboarder Responsibility Code, the Colorado Ski Safety Act establishes even more responsibilities for skiers and spells out risks inherent to the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Click here to read the responsibilities for skiers and snowboarders.