Ski lift Safety And You
Skiing and snowboarding involve a lot more than hitting the slopes…you also spend a fair amount of time waiting your turn in line, as well as loading, riding, and unloading ski lifts. Riders often take the process for granted, but ski lifts are machines and your safety depends on proper lift use.
Before getting into the line up of any of our lifts, please take some time to read the posted signage, familiarize yourself with the use of the lift, and ask questions of our lift operators or other staff. While riding the lifts, watch for additional signs reminding you of important safety points and rider direction.
Example:The Safety bar (”Restraining device”) MUST be lowered for the entire length of the lift line. Look for the following instructional signage on each chairlift. It is a requirement to lower your safety bar immediately after loading the lift!
It is a requirement to wait until you PASS this sign to lift your safety bar!
While there are a few good sources of lift safety information available on the internet, we strongly recommend you take a minute to visit Ski Lift Safety.
Another tool that will help you ride our lifts safely is the “WINTERWISE” poster program. You can find these signs and posters at all of our lift load mazes, as well as posted in various locations around the facility. Please take a minute to read through and discuss the information on these posters with your family before you head out for a day on our slopes.
It’s important to understand that, like most things we do in life, there are inherent risks involved with skiing and snowboarding. Understanding these risks and using our facility responsibly are not only very important to your safety, but also to your overall enjoyment of the day.
We at Brimacombe work hard to provide you with the safest experience possible. As a result, you will notice a number of programs we have in place to help educate and/or protect you. From clear, concise run signage to padding and barrier fencing we work hard everyday to reduce the risks for our guests.
As a user of our facility, it is YOUR responsibility to read the posted signage, understand its content and ski or snowboard responsibly, within your abilities. If you are a parent, please take the time to ensure that your children understand their responsibilities and expectations while enjoying their time with us.
Alpine Responsibility Code
The Alpine Responsibility Code is the national skier and snowboarder code of conduct, designed to educate and promote the 10 basic points of alpine safety.
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/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
8. Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the 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.
To ensure this message reaches our patrons, we have posted the Alpine Responsibility Code, as well as “Exclusion of Liability - Assumption of Risk” signs in various locations around the facility.
During your visit, please take a moment to read, understand and share this information with your family and friends.
Brimacombe has some of the BEST terrain parks around. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a large selection of features designed to promote progression of skill and, of course, FUN. Terrain parks are all about fun; however, due to the freestyle terrain found inside, there exists an elevated level of risk that each user needs to understand. Please ensure that you read and understand the posted signage, as well as educate your children. As always, ensure that you and your family ski or ride within your abilities.
Start small in the beginner park and, as you develop your skills, work your way on to progressively bigger features in our main park.
Before heading into a terrain park, we recommend that both you and your children visit http://www.terrainparksafety.org, watch the SMART STYLE video and read through the Freestyle Terrain Users Guide.