RESPONSIBILITY CODE

Your Responsibility Code

Nothing ruins a great day of fun as much as an accident that didn't have to happen. Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding on the mountain is each person's responsibility. Following "Your Responsibility Code" will help all skiers and snowboarders have a safer mountain experience.

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country, and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in mountain activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please note, violations of Your Responsibility Code, and the following additional rules, ordinances and/or guidelines may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability and/or loss of lift privileges without compensation or refund:

Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers and boarders the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  1. Always stay in control, and 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. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to prevent runaway equipment; you are responsible for possible damage or injury as a result of runaways.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have knowledge and the ability to load, ride, & unload safely.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National Ski Patrol, and Professional Ski Instructors of America. For more great skier and snowboarder safety information, visit the National Ski Area Association's Ski/Snowboard Safety site. http://www.nsaa.org/

Additional Rules at Snow Trails

  1. When walking or climbing always keep to the side of the trail or slope.
  2. If you have a collision resulting in an injury to another person it is your responsibility to stay at the collision site until the Ski Patrol arrives. All injuries must be reported before leaving Snow Trails.
  3. Do not ski slopes too difficult for your ability.
  4. Do not swing or bounce in chairs.
  5. Do not jump from lift. In the event of stoppage, the Ski Patrol will evacuate you.
  6. Inverted aerial maneuvers (flips) are prohibited.
  7. A valid area lift ticket or pass must be visible at all times. Ohio Revised Code 2911.21 (A) (2) Criminal Trespass.
  8. Release strap or ski brakes are required on all skis, snowboards, and snowblades. Skiers, snowboarders, and snowbladers must comply with all equipment and procedure requirements.
  9. Snowboarders must have one foot free when loading, riding, and unloading the ski lift.

Take it easy out there. Give people some space. Be safety conscious!

Warning, violations of this code lead to loss of lift ticket without warning or refund. Ohio's safety in skiing law (ORC4169-08) specifies your responsibility as a skier. A summary of the code is available from the Information Desk.

Be Aware. Ski with Care
All fencing, poles, signage, and other marking devices are in place to inform you of potential hazards or obstacles. The markers will not protect you from injury, and it is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas. The use of helmets may reduce the risk of injury. Snowmaking and grooming activities are routinely in progress on slopes and trails. Use caution, ski in control and ski only on designated areas. Be aware of changing conditions; natural and man-made obstacles exist. "Your Responsibility Code" is posted also in the Lodge and at the base of the slopes. You are advised to familiarize yourself with the content of the code so as to become more aware of the elements of risk involved in the sport of skiing. Please observe all signs posted!

Have a Great and Safe Freestyle
Day Freestyle terrain may include half-pipes, as well as terrain park features. They are provided for your enjoyment and offer adventure, challenge, and fun. However, freestyle terrain, like all skiing and riding, exposes you to risk of serious injury. Prior to using freestyle terrain, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with all instructions and warnings and to follow "Your Responsibility Code".

  • Freestyle terrain contains man-made and natural variations.
  • Freestyle terrain changes constantly due to weather and use.
  • Inspect freestyle terrain before using and throughout the day.
  • In jumping and using terrain, you assume the risk of serious injury.
  • Be courteous and respect others.
  • One user on a terrain feature at a time.
  • Never jump blindly-use a spotter when necessary. Look before you leap!
  • It is your responsibility to control your body on the ground and in the air.
  • Always clear the landing area quickly.
  • Always ski and ride in control and within your ability.

Smart Style

  1. Look Before You Leap. Scope around the jumps first and not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
  2. Easy Style it. Start small and work your way up.
  3. Respect gets Respect. From the lift line through the park.

Please Help Make Safety a Top Priority

Take off those foggy goggles and read this:
Skiing in its various forms, including the use of snowboards and snow skates, is a dangerous sport with inherent risks. The risks include loading, riding, and unloading from ski lifts, variations in the snow, steepness and terrain, ice, moguls, rocks, trees, and other forms of forest growth and debris (above or below the surface), bare spots, lift towers, utility lines and poles, fencing, snowmaking and snowgrooming equipment, and other forms of natural or man-made obstacles or other skiers.

Trail conditions vary constantly due to weather changes and skier use. Inherent in the sport is the risk of permanent, catastrophic injury or death. Accepting these risks is a part of the challenge of man against the mountain and elements. In consideration of using Snow Trails? facilities, the user agrees to accept the risk of skiing, agrees that skiing is hazardous, voluntarily assumes the risk of injury while participating in this sport, and agrees not to sue Snow Trails or its employees if hurt while using the ski facilities regardless of any negligence of Snow Trails or its employees or agents. To enjoy skiing, you must also know and be willing to accept the limits of your ability. Skiing challenges your physical condition and may cause stress. You will reduce the risk of injury and enjoy skiing more if you are in good physical condition. The user must report all injuries before leaving Snow Trails. If you do not agree with the above, then do not use the facilities at our ski area.

Snow Trails Winter Resort Drone Policy

 Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Snow Trails Winter Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the public-including recreational users and hobbyists-without the prior written authorization from Snow Trails Winter Resort.  This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drones used by media or journalists operating above or within Snow Trails Winter Resort property boundaries.  This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched from private property outside of Snow Trails Winter Resort boundaries.  Please contact Snow Trails Winter Resort if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones.  Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by Snow Trails Winter Resort, which may include certification training, insurance coverage indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.  Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing, snowboarding, tubing or any other activity at Snow Trails Winter Resort privileges or the revocation of your season pass as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

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