Alpine Responsibility

Whistler Blackcomb Safety

Alpine Responsibility Code


Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

  • Be aware conditions on the mountain do change, so adjust your usage accordingly.

People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

  • Do not pass people to close at high speed, you may not be able to avoid them if they fall or make an unexpected sharp turn. Be aware Snowboard riders have a blind side and may not see you on that side. Snowboarders have to check their blind side before turning across a busy ski run and make sure they are not turning into a fast skier. There are regular collision on ski hills do your best to avoid these situations.

Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.

  • Stopping under convex rolls should be avoided at all time as others cannot see you. If you fall and have to stop in such a place, have some one stop above you to protect you from on -coming traffic. Crossed skis or arms designate this temporary detour.

Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.


If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski Patrol.

  • It is important to give clear information for First Aid purposes. Similar to motor vehicle incidents the involved parties must exchange contact information for insurance purposes.

Always use proper devices to prevent runaway equipment.

  • It is your responsibility to have functioning ski brakes, snowboard retaining devices and make sure your gear is secure when taken of your feet. A run away ski or snowboard is very damaging if it impacts with another person and you will be found personally liable for any damage caused by your equipment.

Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.

  • Also use common sense for your safety and the safety of others. Realize that signs do change with conditions.

Keep off closed trails and closed areas.

  • Areas are closed for a good reason, conditions are not safe to proceed or not adequate to pursue your current activity. It is or goal to have all the terrain available for your enjoyment.

You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.


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.

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