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Mountain Safety

safety & risk awareness

on the mountain

Patrol Emergency

For on hill emergencies only

Know the Alpine Responsibility Code

Skiing and snowboarding involve various risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to the following:

  • Boarding, riding and disembarking lifts;
  • Changing weather conditions;
  • Avalanches;
  • Trees, tree wells, tree stumps and forest deadfall;
  • the condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface;
  • Variations in the terrain which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility;
  • Variations in the surface or sub-surface, including changes due to man-made or artificial snow;
  • Variable and difficult conditions;
  • Streams, creeks, and exposed holes in the snow pack above streams or creeks;
  • Cliffs; crevasses;
  • Snowcat roads, road-banks or cut-banks;
  • Exposed rock, earth, ice, and other natural objects;
  • Collision with lift towers, fences, snow making equipment, snow grooming equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles or other vehicles, equipment or structures;
  • Encounters with domestic and wild animals including dogs and bears;
  • Collision with other persons;
  • Loss of balance or control; slips, trips and falls;
  • Accidents during snow school lessons;
  • Infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact;
  • Negligent first aid;
  • Failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • Negligence of other persons;
  • And NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE OPERATOR and its directors, officers, employees, instructors, agents, representatives, volunteers, independent contractors, subcontractors, sponsors, successors and assigns.

There are many signs on and around chairlifts. Each is important, informing you about the process for loading, riding, and unloading the chairlift. Pay attention to and obey these signs when riding a chairlift.

If you are unfamiliar with the use of a chairlift or have questions, please ask a lift attendant for assistance and directions. Ski and Snowboard lessons are also great way to learn about using the chairlifts.

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Ski and snowboard boots and many other types of footwear do not provide good traction, and extra caution should be used when walking.

For more information please visit the Canada West Ski Areas Association website