KEEPING YOUR KIDS SAFE ON THE HILL – LEARNING, LIVING, LOVING THE CODE!

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The Skier’s responsibility code outlines the things that all skiers, new and seasoned, should adhere to when tackling the hill. It’s common sense that, for example, you will want to stay in control while skiing. There’s a clear reason why staying in control why you ski is important, but many young skiers do not understand the difference between being in control and not being in control while skiing. That is just one reason why the following short guide is in place to help skiers learn the dos and dont’s of safe skiing.

Staying in Control and Stopping in a Safe Place
In order to ski in control, you must at all times have the ability to stop and turn at any point. Since the method to staying in control can change depending on the skier and their personal style of skiing due to their situation, there are ways to teach younger skiers just what needs to be done to ensure they can safely stop or turn at any time during their trip downhill. There is something called a “spill zone” which when used properly during a fall, can help prevent any injury due to falling into obstacles.

When necessary, a skier will need to stop where they are on the hill. It’s of the utmost importance that while skiing you stop only in areas that are out of the way of others, yet still clearly visible. Try going over safe stopping places with your children beforehand and go over the importance of why stopping in these particular places would be the safest choice.

Yielding for Uphill and Downhill Skiers
On a similar note to keeping track of other skiers while stopping, it is also important to know how to yield well for other skiers either going uphill or downhill from yourself, possibly at a quicker pace than you are currently going. Be sure to look for uphill skiers at at all points that are required, in order to make sure you do not collide with others. The same rule applies to downhill skiers. If someone is skiing ahead of you or behind you, do not swerve directly in front of them unexpectedly. This could cause confusion and possible injury to yourself or the other party.

Be sure to ride chairlifts properly. This means adhering to the rules about seating properly and not rocking the chairlifts while in motion. On a similar not, keep track of and obey all closures and signs posted. They are there for good reason and it’s to keep you and young skiers safe while on the hill. Make sure to keep retention devices on your person and equipment in order to prevent your equipment from running off on you. This can be helpful if you drop something on a ski lift, as well. We don’t just provide Denver to Vail transportation, we want you and your family be safe on the road and on the slops.