Alpine Responsibility/Skiers Safety Code
The following guidelines will help keep you and others safe on the slopes:
- 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.
General Safety Guidelines
Skiing and snowboarding are fun and exhilarating, but can be dangerous if sufficient care isn’t taken. Adhering to the Skiers Safety Code is the first step to ensuring an enjoyable and safe day at the ski area.
If you are new to the sport, it is highly recommended you begin with a lesson (offered by all three ski areas in Banff National Park), and only ski or snowboard on the runs that are suitable for your skill level.
Finally, it is extremely important to stay in bounds at the ski areas. The in-bounds terrain is monitored and blasted frequently to keep it safe from the risk of avalanche. Out-of-bounds terrain – even just outside the lines – is not maintained by the ski area and thus is extremely dangerous for skiing or riding.
Above all, learn safe skiing on slopes you can handle, and you can be sure to have a blast out there in the snow!