Cross Country Skier’s Code of Ethics…

At ski resorts you are introduced to a variety of people who have different ski levels, and types of equipment.  It is important to remember that you must always be responsible, aware of your surroundings, use common sense, and show courtesy to others in order to enjoy the slopes. There are guidelines to follow to keep you and others safe on the slopes and reduce the risk of getting injured skiing.

  • Always check posted trail conditions and obey all signs and posted warnings.
  • Always buy a trail pass when skiing at a commercial center.
  • When stopping, step off the trail quickly to leave room for other skiers to pass. Don’t block intersections and avoid stopping in the middle of hills. Do not stop where you not visible to others.
  • Always maintain control of your speed and direction. Ski in such a manner that you can stop or avoid other skiers or hazards.
  • On double-tracked trails ski single-file and to the right except when overtaking.
  • Ski within your abilities and time allowances.
  • When a skier behind calls out “track,” move to the right to give them room to pass.
  • Don’t walk in the set tracks or on the groomed trail because footprints decrease grip and glide. Keep to the side of the trail.
  • Skating on classically groomed trails will similarly disrupt the grip and glide of classic skiers.
  • Ski in the specified direction on one-way trails.
  • Avoid cutting off other skiers when entering trails or overtaking.
  • Do not litter.
  • Stick to the trails and respect private property.
  • Descending skiers have right-of-way on hills.
  • Never take your dog on the trails.

In Case of an Accident…

  • Place a pair of crossed skis in an “X” position close to the injured skier.
  • Do not attempt to move the injured person.
  • Be sure that they are kept warm.
  • Look around for trail markers, or landmarks that can be used to determine your location.
  • Call for help.
  • Enlist the aid of a fellow skier.

Know The Symbols…

You’ve arrived. You’re geared up and have a lift ticket. Now what? Go get a trail map at the base lodge or lift-ticket window. Take a few minutes to check it out. The lifts and the trails are marked on the map. The colored symbols next to the trails are the keys to enjoying your first few days on the slopes. Their shape and color indicate the difficulty of the trail.

Here’s what they mean: Green Circle: Easier, Beginner; Blue Square or sometimes a Blue Circle: More Difficult, Intermediate; Black Diamond: Most Difficult, Expert; In some cases you will see a Safety symbol, which is a yellow triangle with an exclamation point (!) which means use extra caution. You’ll find them posted on signs on the mountain.

The same trail symbols are used at every resort in the country, but as Albert Einstein must have said, “It’s all relative.” A Green Circle trail at one resort, might be as tough as a Blue Square at another. Not a big deal. The trail ratings are consistent within each resort. So all the “Greens” at a ski area will be about the same difficulty, as will the “Blues” and the “Blacks.” Realize that difficulty ratings are based on good snow conditions so icy conditions could make the trails much more treacherous.