The skier responsibility code is like the rules of the road for driving, yet some people start skiing without learning this important information. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Skier Responsibility Code so that you can effectively share the mountain.
National Skier Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control. Be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way.
- Always stop in a safe place that is visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging look uphill and yield.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails/areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. Stay within your skill level.
By following these simple guidelines, you will be safer and so will the people around you. Avoid collisions by looking uphill when you cut across a path or make unexpected changes. Be courteous to those around you, and always give a safe distance between yourself and other skiers.
How do I implement this?
The best thing that you can do to be able to follow this code is to always ski in control. That means being aware of constantly changing snow conditions, changes to your physical and mental state, equipment, and other factors throughout the day and skiing/snowboarding no faster than you can safely control.
While I have seen the value of high-speed returns for expert skiers at some ski areas to separate upper level skiers from the green areas, I fully support what Tim is saying about staying in-control and slowing down in crowded plus lower level areas. You have to be aware of changes in visibility, snow conditions, your own physical+emotional state (never over-estimate your abilities), crowding, the type of ski run, and many other factors to remain safe.
Always ski appropriate to the conditions!