Taking responsibility in the snow

A day out in the alpine region is fun for all the family but there is an element of risk in all recreational snow activities.

Rapid changes in weather, the ability to stay in control on sleds, skis, snowboards and other equipment, visibility and surface conditions and many other hazards, including such terrain as rocks and trees, are among the factors everyone needs to consider while in the snow.

Above all, it’s important for everyone to observe the alpine code and ski/snowboard/ride with courtesy to others at all times.

Signs reminding people of the alpine code are usually posted throughout ski resorts, particularly in Australia.

Here is the alpine code offered by Snowsafe:

  1. Stay in control and avoid other people and hazards.
  2. Use appropriate protective equipment, especially helmets, to minimise the risk of injury.
  3. You must have the ability to use each lift safely. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
  4. Obey all signs and warnings; keep off closed trails and areas.
  5. It is your responsibility to avoid and give way to people below and beside you.
  6. Do not stop where you are not visible from above or where you obstruct a trail.
  7. Before starting downhill, or merging into a trail, look uphill and give way to others.
  8. Use care to prevent runaway snowboards.
  9. If you are involved in or see an accident, alert and identify yourself to Resort Staff.
  10. Be aware that it is dangerous to ski, board or ride lifts if your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Importantly, stay safe and enjoy your alpine experience.