Important Things to Know for Beginners
Originally Posted by GarryZ
Skiers/Snowboarders 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 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 the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Please do your best to make this code your highest priority on the mountain. This helps make our sport safer for all of us.
Knowing and abiding by the responsibility code helps to keep everyone safe. Even for a beginner, it's important to know.
I can remember seeing someone on a beginner's hill going straight down without making any effort to stop (because they didn't know how??) and yelling for people to move out of the way. This could be very dangerous for the person skiing out of control but also for anyone who accidentally crosses their path.
One of the first things to learn to do is how to stop/control your speed.
This is a lot easier to do if you are on a run that corresponds to your ability level. As mentioned in other threads, well meaning friends/family members may suggest you accompany them to a run they are familiar with. If you end up on something that is too difficult for you to cope with at first, you could get hurt, become so frustrated you will quit, etc. I have heard this story so many times....about a first timer being taken to a black diamond run (one guy I know, a snowboarder, made it down safely but it took 4 hours).
People ahead of you have the right of way...no matter how slow they are going or how unpredictable their movements......it's up to you to stay in control!
You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible.......Beginners have more of a tendency to stop especially when they encounter terrain that scares them. It's ok to stop but do so off on the side of the trail so you are not obstructing anyone. In particular, you must be very careful where you may not be visible.
When merging on to a trail, always check for traffic and yield to others.
Prior to using a lift, you must be able to load and unload safely. It may be easiest to learn how to do this in a lesson. It's not too difficult on skis once you learn where to stand up and that you need to move forward and out of the way. On beginner's lifts though, there is more of a chance of people falling off right in front of you. So, ironically, you may need to not only get off but try to move around them. Usually the lift operators will slow the lift down or stop it completely and help clear away the people but sometimes there isn't always time.
Perhaps other people have suggestions on how to best handle this. I think the best thing to do is just look for a clear path, through the middle, off on one side..just try to avoid the bodies in front of you.
This code is really important to abide by. It's common to see accidents because people don't abide by the code. But, by doing so, you keep yourself and other people safe.