Know The Code.
Learn the code before you begin your snow adventures. Safety should be #1 for you and others on the slopes. As a beginner snowboarder, I was very concerned about my safety as I ride down mountains with high elevations, crowds of skiers & snowboarders, classes of beginners, etc. etc. It is always your responsibility to be safe and to ride safe. Common sense, it’s one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes.
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA or you you can go to www.nsaa.org ) believes education, HELMET USE, respect and common sense are very important. Ski and snowboard helmets are specifically designed for skiing and snowboarding. Snow sport helmets are insulted for cold weather, and provide better coverage and impact protection. Helmets do have limits and users need to be aware of them. Helmets are designed to reduce the severity of head traumas, and protect from a direct blow to the head at speeds under 14mph.
Several factors affect the cost of a helmet, including: materials, design, graphics and temperature maintenance. The fit of the helmet is very important. If a helmet doesn’t fit correctly, it may not perform to it’s ability. When shopping for your helmet, bring your goggles and make sure your entire forehead (above eyebrows to hairline) is covered by your helmet. Ask for help, to make sure it fits properly.
NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of RISK in snow sports that knowledge and personal awareness can reduce the risk.
SEVEN POINT to Your Responsibility Code
- 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 you 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 knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
KNOW THE CODE: IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY