Green Outdoors: Skiers should know responsibility code

5:27 PM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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BRIDGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two serious ski accidents have marred the winter season.  Ski areas are reminding skiers to know the basic safety rules.

The National Ski Area Association has seven rules in its Skier Responsibility Code that everyone should follow. The most important rule is to always stay in control.

All skiers know this, yet occasionally find themselves in a dangerous situation. "If you find yourself out of control, the best thing you can do is fall down and keep your feet downhill," said Josh Harrington of Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. "You want to make sure you protect your head and chest."

He points out that Shawnee and other ski areas work hard at grooming and at building berms which helps skiers stay on course.  Still, most of the responsibility for safety is on skiers.

Part of being in control means that you are able to yield to other skiers. 

Here is the Responsibility Code from the National Ski Areas Association.

  1. Always stay in control.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.


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