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SnowSafe: A Guide to Safety in Alpine Areas

SnowSafe is an initiative of the Australian Ski Patrol Association that promotes safe behaviours in alpine areas.

Detailed information is available from the SnowSafe website, www.snowsafe.org.au, or you can download the booklet below.

The Alpine Responsibility Code

  • Know your ability and always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people and objects. It is your responsibility to stay in control on the ground and in the air.
  • Take lessons from qualified professional instructors, to learn and progress.
  • As you proceed downhill or overtake another person, you must avoid the people below and beside you – they have right of way.
  • Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or run or are not visible from above.
  • When entering a trail or run or starting downhill, look uphill and give way to others – they also have right of way.
  • When riding chairlifts always use the restraining devices. Always use suitable restraints to avoid runaway skiing/boarding equipment.
  • Ensure your equipment is in good condition.
  • Observe and obey all signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails or runs and out of closed areas.
  • Before using any lift you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
  • Do not ski, snowboard, ride a lift or undertake any other alpine activity if your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • If you are involved in, or witness an accident, alert Ski Patrol, remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.

Failure to observe the Alpine Responsibility Code may result in cancellation of your ticket by the Ski Patrol or other authorised personnel.

Remember: Respect gets respect from the lift line, to the slopes, through the park and the resort.

SnowSafe Safety Checklist

  • Plan your trip carefully.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia.
  • Get fit to go skiing.
  • Let someone know before you go
  • Take mobile phone and emergency contact numbers.
  • Take care on alpine roads.
  • Practice fitting wheel chains before leaving home.
  • Wear appropriate wind and waterproof clothing (never wear jeans).
  • Always wear a hat and gloves.
  • Wear skin and eye protection.
  • Take care of and check your equipment before skiing.
  • Regularly check weather, snow and skiing conditions.
  • If lost, stop, seek shelter and wait for help.
  • Ski within your capabilities.
  • Take ski lessons.
  • Take extra care with children.
  • Eat appropriate food before and during ski and bush activities.
  • Always ski in control.
  • Drive cautiously, particularly in the snow.
  • Watch for weather changes.
  • Never ski alone.
  • Never remove your skis when conditions are icy, particularly on steep slopes.
  • Never ski or walk over frozen lakes, dams or creeks.
  • Take care of the environment.