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January is National Safety Awareness Month!

Be in the Know About Mountain Safety

Vermont’s ski areas are committed to safety every day in their operations, but it’s important for skiers and riders to understand that they have an important safety role, too. It's worthwhile to take a few minutes to educate yourself about safety on the hill. Learning and practicing the updated Your Responsibility Code, being aware of your surroundings, using common sense and making good decisions will help you and other guests have a better day on the mountain.

Skiing and snowboarding are active, dynamic and exciting sports and they have inherent risks that cannot be eliminated, including risk of serious injury and death – this is why it’s important for you to be aware; know and follow Your Responsibility Code; wear a helmet and make sure you know how to load and ride lifts properly. Many skiing and snowboarding incidents are a result of participants traveling too fast or above their ability or colliding with objects or other guests. You can reduce the possibility of injury by slowing down and being able to avoid objects and people at all times.

Here are some important safety resources: 

Your Responsibility Code Updated for 2022-23

Know the Code – It’s Your Responsibility

Your Responsibility Code has been updated to better reflect the language and changes to snowsports that have occurred since the last update. By using common sense and practicing Your Responsibility Code, you and others can have a safer day on the mountain. 

NSAA Your responsibility code. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.  People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail. You must prevent runaway equipment.  Read and obey all signs, warmings, and hazard markings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant. Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.

For more information on snowsport safety, visit

Ski areas are committed to lift safety and helping educate guests about the skills necessary to load and unload lifts properly. Before riding a lift, it’s your responsibility to know how to load, ride and unload a lift safely. Riding lifts responsibly will help you have a better day on the mountain.

Check out these helpful resources with information about safely riding lifts: for kids and parents

The Department of Labor, home of the Vermont Tramway Board has some more Ski Lift Safety tips, check them out here!


Ski Vermont and its member ski areas promote the use of snowsports helmets on the slopes. We recommend you wear a snowsports helmet - but it’s important to remember that your helmet alone will not reduce your risk of injury. Wearing a snowsports helmet while skiing and riding in a controlled manner and following Your Responsibility Code are all important to have a safer day on the mountain.

For more information on the benefits and limitations of helmets, proper sizing and more, visit:

Visit and watch this important video: 


Complementing the Responsibility Code, #RideAnotherDay promotes three actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around them safer on the slopes.

1. Be Ready

Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride in such a way that you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run.

2. Stay Alert

Stay alert to what’s going on around you, especially other skiers and riders.

3. Plan Ahead

Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can't see what's coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down and make note of places where you'll want to slow down, such as trail intersections and rollers. Give other skiers and riders plenty of room, especially if you are passing them. There's plenty of space out there, so there's no need to crowd other skiers and riders.

By doing these three things every run, you'll be helping to keep the slopes safer and more enjoyable, for you and everyone else.

Follow these safety tips to make your time in the park safer and more fun for you and other users:

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.

Check out this Park Smart video for more safety tips





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