Beyond the CODE

Just Learning...


  1. If you are learning to ride chairlifts, ride on the outside, not the middle
  2. Ask lift attendants to slow the lift for loading, and signal the unloading end  attendant with a waiving 'thumbs down' motion to slow for your unloading.
  3. Start with a ski lesson, especially CHILDREN.  Learn from a Pro.

For Everyone


  1. Do not load onto a snowy or icy lift seat, insist the attendant clear it to make safe.
  2. Always pull the safety bars down, -it is your seatbelt.
  3. Always wear helmets, -difference between a headache and a concussion, or worse.

On the Slope


  1. Allow a  spill space between you and others.  In case they or you fall, collision -less likey.
  2. Do not use headphones while on slope, they compromise your ability to stay in the moment, and hear dangers coming from behind.
  3. Ask the ski area for their Reckless ness Report telephone number and USE it when you observe reckless and discourteous actions.
  4. Many surprises happen, for the unexpected, keep a 'plan B' in mind.  When the time comes to react, your reflex will drive you, and may save you.

Snow Sports Safety Foundation


More Safety Tips at this site, and a place to help fund making advancements

If Involved in a Collision Accident:


  1.  Stay on scene, obtain names and information by snapping a cellphone picture of the person and their ID (drivers license, or ski pass) CALL SKI PATROL.  Insist on Patrol completing an Incident Report and snap a copy of that report.
  2. If the accident involves a hit-and-run, then call 911 and get police involved.  Use your cell phone to record picture, video, or an on-the-spot audio record of perps description and the event details.  It is ILLEGAL  to leave the scene of the collision accident.

Terrain Parks


 While these look like fun and kids want to be cool by using them, they are DANGEROUS.  Even patently UNSAFE.  Ski Patrol call then 'bone yards'.  Ski Areas do not design or man them for safety.  See this video.... 

Snow Sports Safety Tips



Seven Point Responsibility Code,  from the Ski Industry ...

  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 and unload safely.

Real testimonials. from personal Experience Tips

Jim Wilson Story; Subdural Hematoma

HAPE story from Beth Staples

Terrain Park collision avoidance Injury

Avoidable late day accident, broken neck


Tips for Experts

SIS snow immersion suffocation

Speed...stopping distance

Alcohol and Marijuana

Mixing snow sports and substances is a recipe for calamity.  Period  

And it is Illegal to be under the influence of either chairlifts or ski runs.  Also Illegal to use POT on USFS land, that means 95% of COLORADO SKI AREAS