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Crotched Mountain Safety: First and Foremost - Please Help Make Safety a Top Priority



Nothing ruins a great day of fun as much as an accident that didn't have to happen. Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding on the mountain is each person's responsibility. Following "Your Responsibility Code" will help all skiers and snowboarders have a safer mountain experience.

Skiing in its various forms, including the use of snowboards and snow skates, is a dangerous sport with inherent risks. These risks include loading, riding and unloading from ski lifts, variations in snow, steepness and terrain, ice, moguls, rocks, trees and other forms of forest growth and debris (above or below the surface), bare spots, lift towers, utility lines an poles, fencing, snowmaking and snow grooming equipment, and other forms of natural or man-made obstacles on and off designated trails, as well as collisions with equipment, obstacles or other skiers. Trail conditions vary constantly due to weather changes and skier use. Inherent in the sport is the risk of permanent, catastrophic injury or death. Accepting these risks is a part of the challenge of man against the mountain and the elements.

To enjoy skiing, you must also know and be willing to accept the limits of your ability. Skiing challenges your physical condition and may cause stress. You will reduce the risk of skiing and enjoy it more if you are in good physical condition.

Your Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association established "Your Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. The points listed in the Your Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain. So, whether you ski with one board or two, or use other specialized equipment, always show courtesy to others so that your paths don't cross.

It is important to remember that there are elements of risk in mountain activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please note, violations of Your Responsibility Code, and the following additional rules, ordinances and/or guidelines may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability and/or loss of lift privileges without compensation or refund:

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 help 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, ride, & unload safely.

Smart Style - Freestyle Terrain:
1. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP:  Scope around the jumps first, not over them. 
2. Know landings are clear, and clear yourself out of the landing area. 
3. EASY STYLE IT:  Start small and work your way up. Inverted aerials not recommended.
4. RESPECT GETS RESPECT:  From the liftline through the park.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National Ski Patrol, Professional Ski Instructors of America. For more great skier and snowboarder safety information, visit the National Ski Area Association's Ski/Snowboard Safety site.

Other Points to Remember...

On the Slopes

Always ride or ski in control and within your ability. Do not ride or ski too fast or recklessly. Do not ski slopes too difficult for your ability.

When walking or climbing always keep to the side of the trail or slope.

If you have a collision resulting in an injury to another person it's your responsibility to stay at the collision site until the Ski Patrol arrives. All injuries must be reported before leaving Crotched Mountain.

Inverted aerial maneuvers (flips) are prohibited.

It is your responsibility to control your body on the ground and in the air. Always clear the landing area quickly. Never jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary. Look before you leap! One user on a terrain feature at a time. Inspect terrain before using and throughout the day.

Do not ride or ski beyond CLOSED AREA signs into a closed area.

Do not build up jumps, schuss, or ski out of control. Schussing means skiing straight down the hill extremely fast and/or recklessly.

Lifts

Do not jump out of chairlifts.

Lift tickets must be permanently attached by wire wicket to the skier, so that the tickets are easily visible to lift operations.

A skier/rider who is alone when entering the lift line should call out "single" so that others may ride the chairlift with him on double, triple or quad lifts.

Remove pole straps from wrists before loading on chairlifts. Stand close together in the loading area.

Absolutely no cans or bottles are to be taken on ski lifts or ski slopes.

Do not cut lift lines. Only Crotched Mountain Ski Patrollers are allowed to enter the lift line ahead of those already waiting.

Get on and off lifts only at loading and unloading areas. Do not swing or bounce chairs while riding chairlift. Do not cross operating rope tow tracks.

Etiquette and Behavior

Be courteous and respect others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.

No carry-in beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Crotched Mountain premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.

Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.

"Brown Bagging" is allowed only in restricted areas.

Snowboarders must follow Your Responsibility Code. Do not sit at the top of the run in such a way as to block the starting area or otherwise obstruct any area of the slope.

Do not abuse rental equipment. Do not go on dry pavement with skis on.