Skiing Safety

SkierLab Disclaimer

Skiing is no more dangerous than most other sports... unless of course you are reckless.

That said, there are inherent risks and you can become seriously injured... or even die!  Please learn and adhere to the 'Alpine Responsibility Code' which is clearly posted at virtually every resort on the planet.

In obtaining information from the SkierLab website you must acknowledge these risks and accept responsibility for your own safety. SkierLab and it's contributors (including but not limited to Section 8 Snowsport Sports Inc & Section 8 Ski & Travel Inc.) cannot be held liable for your safety.

Membership constitutes agreement to our waiver of liability.

Alpine Responsibility Code

There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.

1) Always stay in control. You must 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) Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

4) Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

5) If you are involved in or witness a collision/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.

6) Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

7) Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.

8) Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.

9) You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.

10) You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.

Know the Code – Be Safety Conscious! It is your responsibility.

Backcountry skiing can be an amazing experience... BUT it requires an entirely different set of mountain skills beyond the scope of this website. If you wish to participate in any activity outside the ski area boundary PLEASE carry the appropriate safety equipment and hire a qualified professional guide or seek adequate training.  

Additional Safety Considerations for Skill Development

Remember that if you're adding something new to your skiing additional you are effectively skiing at an ability level lower than your your personal norm and additional precaution should be taken.

When trying drill or exercises:

  • Skill development usually requires plenty of stopping to reflect on the outcome... make sure you are stopping in a safe place out of traffic and visible from above.
  • You will likely be going slower than the flow of traffic so choose quiet slope
  • Choose a slope well below your ability level.
  • Ensure the snow conditions are appropriate for the drill.
  • Make sure you are highly visible to others and beware of merging trails and traffic patterns.
  • Your turn shape may be irregular so always be aware of traffic coming from above. Look up before you go!
  • Traversing drills can be excellent for isolating a new move... but extreme caution needs to be taken and can only be done very quiet slopes with a very high level of attention to slope traffic.
  • If a drill or exercise hurts... STOP! It's probably not the right move.
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