Your Responsibility Code
Your Responsibility and Assumption of Risk
Whether you ski, snowboard or telemark, you need to know "the rules of the road" so that you and everyone around you will have a safe, fun day. Your Responsibility Code is endorsed by virtually every professional ski and snowboard association. You'll see it posted at many resorts to remind you of seven simple safety guidelines.
The seven points of Your Responsibility Code are:
- Always stay in control, and 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.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
This is only a partial list. Be safety conscious. Failure to comply with this code may result in a loss of lift privileges. No sledding is allowed in the ski area at any time. Wintergreen prohibits carrying infants or toddlers in harnesses while skiing or riding.
Assumption of Risk
Other tips & ski/snowboarder etiquette:
- Clanking your skis or boards together while on the ski lift can result in an injury to someone below you, you may even find yourself or your equipment falling from the lift, not to mention the snow that might be falling on the skiers and snowboarders below you isn't nice.
- When entering any lift line, be sure that you are attentive and ready to follow the maze and load properly. If you are skiing or boarding alone, check for singles lanes so you can be paired with other folks. This is a great way to meet people!
- Sit back all the way in your chair and use the restraining bar when available.
- Many lift lines have mazes that funnel into one loading area. Access typically alternates from one line or side to the next. Pay attention to posted signs and where available, Mountain Personnel or Lift Hosts. They will be happy to assist you.
- When you unload the lift, be sure to move away from the unloading zone quickly. You don't want to be in the way of other skiers unloading the lift.
Other Safety Information
For information, please call our Ski Information Center at 434-325-2100