As friendly reminder, when engaging is our favorite activity of Skiing and Snowboarding, as there always is risk of injury. Many factors in the mountains can lead to such injuries and everyone has should have the responsibility to watch out for their safety.
Mountain Sense is a general knowledge someone acquires for the dangers around them in Mountain environment. It starts with the general understanding that it takes conditioning to be out all day on the Ski slopes. Everyone gets tired and thirsty when spending a day out enjoying the mountains. In addition, there are many more Hazards around you to negotiate which can lead to not only Physical fatigue but also some mental fatigue. Managing on Piste traffic can be challenging for people who are not practiced or don't regularly deal with such action. The Skier's Responsibility Code is in place to try to manage this situation, but does not give someone all the required experience.
Patrol has a few reminders for personnel and guest Safety, which we would like to share to enhance everyone Mountain Sense.
These are just a few points to share with friends and guests when out there enjoying the Mountain. Please, take the time to plan each run and help us make everyone have a safe and pleasant experience. Thank you.
Whistler Blackcomb recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.
1. Always stay in control. You must 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. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski Patrol.
6. Always use proper devices to prevent runaway equipment.
7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
8. Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant or Ski Patrol.
Natural hazards such as tree wells occur within and outside of the ski area boundary. Whistler Blackcomb would like to remind all guests to ski and ride with care, obey all mountain signage, and ski/ride with a partner or group.
A tree well is a hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree while snow accumulates. A tree well incident occurs when a person falls, head first, into an area of deep snow around the base of a tree and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles the more entrapped in the snow they become. The risks of a tree well accident or fatality can be reduced by following these basic practices: