Skier's Code

Your Responsibility Code Recommended by the National Ski Patrol

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At the ski area you may see people using alpine, snowboard, Telemark, cross-country, and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  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 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 and unload safely.


Alpine skiing and snowboarding is a recreational activity that continually challenges the human spirit. To enjoy skiing and snowboarding you must know and be willing to accept the limits of your ability. Remember that changing weather and snow conditions, natural and manmade obstacles are an essential part of the challenge of this sport. Snow making and trail grooming activities may be in progress on the slopes and trails, so always be aware. Collisions with other skiers, snowboarders and objects can cause permanent injury or death. Your enjoyment and your safety will be directly affected by your judgment. Ski or snowboard only on designated slopes and trails, ski or snowboard in control and use caution.

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