Alpine Responsibility Code
Regardless of how you enjoy your snow sport, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are inherent risks in all snow recreational activities that common sense, protective equipment and personal awareness can reduce. These risks include rapid changes in the weather, visibility and surface conditions, as well as natural and artificial hazards such as rocks, trees, stumps, vehicles, lift towers, snow fences and snowmaking equipment
OBSERVE THE CODE AND SHARE WITH OTHERS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE.
- Know your ability and always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects. It is your responsibility to stay in control on the ground and in the air.
- Take lessons from professional instructors to learn and progress.
- Use appropriate protective equipment to minimise the risk of injury.
- Before using any lift you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely and always use the restraining devices.
- Observe and obey all signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails or runs.
- Give way to people below and beside you on the hill. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- Do not stop where you are not clearly visible from above.
Look uphill and give way to others when entering/exiting a trail or starting downhill.
- Always ensure your equipment is in good condition and use suitable restraining devices to avoid runaway skiing/boarding equipment.
- Do not ski, board, 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 or collision, alert Ski Patrol, remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE CODE MAY RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF YOUR TICKET OR PASS BY SKI PATROL OR OTHER AUTHORISED PERSONNEL.
‘RESPECT GETS RESPECT’
FROM THE LIFT LINE, TO THE SLOPES, THROUGH THE PARK AND THE RESORT.
Before heading anywhere plan your trip. The degree to which you plan your trip will depend on how many days you’re planning to be away, how far you are travelling and wether or not you’re familiar with the area you are visiting. If you’re going out for a day trip from the top of Thredbo the planning stage may be as quick as checking the weather forecast, deciding on a destination and letting someone know where you are going, and/or the different areas you plan to ski, and when they can expect you back. A little more detailed planning may be required for an overnight trip. Usually you should look at the weather forecast. Based on the predicted conditions choose a location to camp and a backup location if the weather is worse than expected or you aren’t able to make it to the preferred location. Make a record of the areas you may ski during your trip.
If you’re heading on a multi day / multi stage trip you’re going to need a pretty detailed plan and you’re probably going to have to do a bit more research before you head out. You’ll want to plan the route you’re going to take, planning camping areas and back-up plans in case you cop some feral weather.
Wherever you are heading it pays to have a good look at a detailed topographic map. Take note of places of interest such as huts and snow poles. If you are planning to use these check that they still exist – you’re likely to be able to find this info somewhere on the net. If you use a GPS enter as many waypoints as possible before you head out and ensure your GPS is set up on the same map grid as your topographic map.
In every case you should provide someone close to you with your trip plan, back-up plans and as much detail of your trip as possible. Be as specific as you can with camping/skiing locations as possible and use descriptors that will mean something to a search party (eg. grid coordinates and map grid they are based off). Most importantly you should tell them your expected return date/time and a panic time (ie. if we are not back by 7pm on X day please send a search party).
There is mobile phone coverage in lots of the popular backcountry areas. If possible call or send a message to someone to let them know how your trip is going. If possible send them the coordinates of your camp site.