Responsibility Code

Your Responsibility Code (As Stated By the National Ski Patrol)

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At the ski area, you may observe 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 to reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers and riders 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.
8. Any person involved in an accident causing injury to themselves or others shall immediately notify
    the Ski Patrol, the ski area  operator, or the area manager and shall clearly identify himself or herself.

Know the code. It’s your responsibility.

Please Use Caution

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 as well as natural and manmade obstacles are essential elements of this sport and its inherent challenges. 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. Likewise, ski or snowboard in control and use caution at all times. Remember, we are trained to save lives, but we would prefer to never meet you in such a compromised position in the first place. Please be safe and enjoy your winter recreational activities.

Freestyle Terrain Safety Initiative

NSAA has once again teamed with Burton Snowboards, as well as the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) in the safety education effort.

The Smart Style Program:

There are four main messages that are associated with Smart Style:

    Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
    Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
    Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended).
    From the lift line through the park.