Aspen Snowmass Skier Safety

slopesafety.png

Your Responsibility Code

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.closer.jpg
    • Ski within your ability level.  Progress into more difficult terrain only once are comfortable with the terrain you are currently skiing.
    • Slow down!  The average skier travels faster than 25 miles per hour.

  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.slow-banner-green
    • Obey Slow Skiing Areas, regardless of your ability level.  Even if you feel in control, skiers ahead of you may act unpredictably!
    • Spread out.  With over 3,300 acres of skiable terrain at Snowmass, there is room for everyone.  Give your fellow skiers some space.

  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
    • Stop to the sides of trails and in areas where you are clearly visible to oncoming riders.
      • Avoid stopping below blind rollovers.
      • Be aware of shadows or dark timber that may make you more difficult to see.
    • Avoid stopping on narrow sections of trails where other skiers may have a difficult time getting around you.
    • When regrouping with riding partners, stop close together to allow plenty of space on the trail for others.
    • When stopped on a trail, remain aware of oncoming skiers and boarders!

  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. look-uphill-blue
    • Do your part to avoid colliding with another skier, especially when crossing trails or where trails merge.

  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
    • Ski brakes or leashes are required on skis and snowboards.

  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.closed-sign
    • Closed trails are marked with signs and/or ropes.  
    • It is your responsibility to know whether a trail is open or closed.
    • Trails may be closed for many reasons.  In most cases, it is for your own safety.
    • Entering closed trails is dangerous and illegal.  Closure violations may lead to:
      • Injury or death
      • Loss of skiing privileges
      • Fines and/or jail

        ski-area-boundary

    • The ski area boundary is marked with signs and/or ropes.
      • When reentering the ski area from the backcountry, it is your responsibility to know whether the trail is open or closed.
      • For more information on the Aspen Skiing Company’s Ski Area Boundary policy, please CLICK HERE.
      • To learn more about preparing to travel in the backcountry, visit KBYG.org.
      • To check the current avalanche danger forecast, visit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
    • Ask a lift operator if you or someone you are skiing with needs help loading or unloading the lift.
    • Riding the Cirque Poma?
      • When loading…
        • Listen to the lift operator’s advice.
        • Stand up!  
        • If you fall, let go of the platter and start over!
      • While riding the lift…
        • Stay in the tracks.  Swerving can damage the lift and force it to close.
      • When you start down… 
        • Never ski/ride down the lift line.  Follow the marked ski trails.


Smart Style Terrain Park Safety

Park_Smart_sign_123x200.jpg

START SMALL – Work your way up. Build your skills.

MAKE A PLAN Every feature. Every time.

ALWAYS LOOK – Before you drop.

RESPECT – The features and other users.

TAKE IT EASY – Know your limits. Land on your feet.


Test Yourself

Under Colorado Law, which skier has the right of way on the slopes?
The downhill skier
The fastest skier
People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

Snowboarders
People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.


Which of the following are Slow Skiing Areas at Snowmass?
Max Park and Fanny Hill are both Slow Skiing Areas.
Max Park
These are both Slow Skiing Areas.

Fanny Hill
These are both Slow Skiing Areas.


When stopping on a trail, it is best to…
Stop off to the side where you are clearly visible.
Stop under blind rollovers to keep other skiers on their toes.
You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

Stop in the middle of the trail.
You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

Entering CLOSED trails…
All of these are reasons not to enter CLOSED trails
Is illegal and may lead to fines and even jail time
These are all reasons not to enter CLOSED trails

May lead to injury or death, and may endanger others
These are all reasons not to enter CLOSED trails

If planning to travel outside of the Ski Area Boundary, it is important to be prepared, as there are no ski patrol services and avalanche control work is not conducted.
True
False
True. There are no ski patrol services and avalanche control work is not conducted outside the Ski Area Boundaries.

When using the terrain parks, Smart Style includes…
Starting Small, Making a Plan, Always Looking, Respecting the features and other users, and Taking It Easy.
Go Fast, Go Big, Go to the Hospital.
Wrong. Try again.

Bigger is better, That looks easy, Is my GoPro on?
Wrong. Try again.


Were you required to visit this page in order to maintain or regain your skiing privileges?  If so, enter you information below…

Advertisements