Although we’re nearing the end of the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season,its still important to remember the responsibilities each of as skiers and riders has while enjoying a day on the slopes at our favorite mountain resorts.
Recognizing that skiers must look after their own safety (and that of those around them), the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) developed the Your Responsibility Code in 1966 as a way to educate individuals about best practices for safe participation in alpine snow sports. Throughout the years, the list has evolved to include snowboard and chairlift safety. Following these simple guidelines will help to ensure your safety, and the safety of others while visiting alpine resorts.
The Know Your Responsibility Code:
While not exhaustive, the above list of guidelines should provide you with a general understanding of how to safely participate in alpine snow sports. In many cases, mountain resorts, as well as the states in which they operate often enact their own list of guidelines, such as the Ski Safety Act here in Colorado. It is a great idea to be familiar with any additional safety and responsibility guidelines before embarking on your next resort visit, wherever it may be.
Remember, as a skier or rider, knowing the code is your responsibility. For additional information on safety and the Your Responsibility Code, please visit the NSAAs website, or read up on the code, as well as many other useful safety tips at Colorado Ski Country USA.
Stay safe out there, and as always, have fun on the mountain.