Know The Code

Winter Safety

 

At Spirit Mountain we pride ourselves in providing an environment for safe skiing snowboarding and fat biking.  Ultimately, ski, snowboard and fat bike safety on the mountain is each person's responsibility and each person plays a key part in the safety of our recreation area.  Ask any Patroller, and they will tell you that they are happy to be of assistance on the slopes... but they would prefer to be ON the snow, skiing/riding/fat biking and keeping a watchful eye, than in the Patrol Room providing first response care. Nothing ruins a great day of fun on the slopes as much as an accident that didn't have to happen. 

Following the Skier Responsibility Code will help ALL skiers and snowboarders have a safer mountain experience. For freestyle skiers and riders, the Smart Style Guide is a must-read before you enter any of our parks or freestyle terrain. These ski safety tips can help keep yourself and others out of harm's way.

On the Slopes

Always ride or ski in control and within your ability. Do not ride or ski too fast or recklessly. Do not ski slopes too difficult for your ability.
When walking or climbing always keep to the side of the trail or slope.
If you have a collision resulting in an injury to another person it's your responsibility to stay at the collision site until the Ski Patrol arrives. All injuries must be reported before leaving Spirit Mountain.  
Inverted aerial maneuvers (flips) are not recommended.
It is your responsibility to control your body on the ground and in the air. Always clear the landing area quickly. Never jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary. Look before you leap! One user on a terrain feature at a time. Inspect terrain before using and throughout the day.
Do not ride or ski beyond CLOSED AREA signs into a closed area.
Do not build up jumps, schuss, or ski out of control. Schussing means skiing straight down the hill extremely fast and/or recklessly.

On the Lifts

Do not jump out of chairlifts.
Snow Passes/Lift Ticket must be permanently attached by wire wicket to the skier, so that the passes are easily visible to lift operations.
Your Season Pass must be worn on the outermost body and visible at all times.
A skier/rider who is alone when entering the lift line should call out "single" so that others may ride the chairlift with him on double, triple or quad lifts.
Remove pole straps from wrists before loading on chairlifts. Stand close together in the loading area.
Absolutely no cans or bottles are to be taken on ski lifts or ski slopes.
Do not cut lift lines. Only Spirit Mountain Patrollers and Instructors are allowed to enter the lift line ahead of those already waiting.
Get on and off lifts only at loading and unloading areas. Do not swing or bounce chairs while riding chairlift. Do not cross operating rope tow tracks.

Etiquette and Behavior

Be courteous to and respect of others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
No carry-in beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Spirit Mountain premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.
Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.
"Brown Bagging" is allowed only in restricted areas.
Snowboarders must follow Your Responsibility Code. Do not sit at the top of the run in such a way as to block the starting area or otherwise obstruct any area of the slope.
Do not abuse rental equipment. Do not go on dry pavement with skis on.
Snowball throwing will not be tolerated at Spirit Mountain. 
A ski area representative (including any employee in uniform, not just Ski Patrollers) upon finding a person skiing/riding in a careless, inappropriate or reckless manner, could dispense consequences ranging from a one-on-one Safety Awareness Seminar with a Ski Patroller to a lifetime suspension from Spirit Mountain. So take it easy out there. Give people some space!


These actions may not be construed to create an affirmative duty on the part of the ski area operator to protect skiers from their own or from another skier's carelessness or recklessness. If you do not agree with the above, then do not use the facilities at our ski area.

Skiing in its various forms, including the use of snowboards and snow skates, is a dangerous sport with inherent risks. These risks include loading, riding and unloading from ski lifts, variations in 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 an poles, fencing, snowmaking and snow grooming equipment, and other forms of natural or man-made obstacles on and off designated trails, as well as collisions with equipment, 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 the elements. 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 skiing and enjoy it more if you are in good physical condition.

 

Your Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association established "Your Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. The points listed in the Your Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain. So, whether you ski with one board or two, or use other specialized equipment, always show courtesy to others so that your paths don't cross.

It is important to remember 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:

  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 help prevent runaway equipment.
  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 the knowledge and ability to load, ride, & unload safely.

 

Smart Style

Smart Style is a terrain park specific safety program that you should check out before using terrain parks. Be sure you Know the Code, too: Your Responsibility Code provides safety tips while on the slopes.
The 4 MAIN POINTS OF Smart Style:
MAKE A PLAN
  • Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use.
  • Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
  • Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings
  • Scope around the jumps first not over them
  • Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain
  • Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day
  • Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary
EASY STYLE IT
  • Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level
  • Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up
  • Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air
  • Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely
  • Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended
RESPECT GETS RESPECT
  • Respect the terrain and others
  • One person on a feature at a time
  • Wait your turn and call your start
  • Always clear the landing area quickly
  • Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features

 

Please visit the NSAA Park Terrain Safety Page for additional information & details on terrain park usage, safety and best practices.

It's up to YOU to be SNOW SMART & PARK SMART - ENJOY!

 

 

Summer Safety

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE RESPONSIBILITY CODE 

MOUNTAIN BIKING INVOLVES THE RISK OF INJURY. COMMON SENSE AND CAUTION CAN REDUCE THE RISK. FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE CODE.

  1. Ride in control & within your ability level. You must be able to avoid other people or objects.
  2. Stay off the lifts, trails, and out of the bike park if your ability is impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue.
  3. Wear a helmet. It is mandatory. Other protective equipment is strongly recommended.
  4. Inspect your bike or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic before you ride.
  5. Be sure you have the physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. Ask the Lift Attendant for assistance if you need it.
  6. Be aware of changing conditions on trails and features. Inspect features before use and throughout the day.
  7. Stay on marked trails. Ride only in the direction indicated by trail markers. Obey all signs and warnings. Do not cut switchbacks. Keep off closed areas.
  8. Avoid riders ahead of you. They have the right of way.
  9. Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering a trail or starting downhill.
  10. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  11. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must identify yourself to the Bike Patrol or a staff member.
  12. Do not feed, provoke or approach wildlife.

Know the Code – Be Safety Conscious

It is Your Responsibility

Park Privileges Revoked for Breach of this Code

 

Bike Park Rules

Mountain biking and bike terrain expose you to risk of serious injury or death. Prior to using the trails and terrain, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with all instructions and warnings and to follow your responsibility code.

  1. All users of the bike park, trails, lift and features must have a valid ticket.
  2. Ride only on designated trails and do not ride on roads.
  3. There are associated risks to your bike and person when using the chairlift. Spirit Mountain is not responsible for injury or damage. You assume all risk.
  4. In riding, jumping and using this terrain, you assume the risk of serious injury.
  5. For your safety and the preservation of trails, take note and abide by closed areas, hazard markings and signage.
  6. Pedestrians and other bikers may be encountered at the top and bottom of the lift, as well as on the trails. Always use caution and dismount during times of heavy traffic.
  7. ATV’s, trucks, heavy machinery and maintenance personnel may be encountered at any time. Use caution.
  8. The lift and bike park may close at any time for inclement weather. Seek shelter during lightning storms and other weather. Tickets are non-refundable.

 

Bear Aware

The slopes of this resort are a forested environment. These slopes are home to many bears and other wildlife. Please use caution during your visit and obey the following:

-Keep a good distance from all bears
-Do NOT feed the bears
-Make noise as you travel the area and terrain
-Try not to startle the bears
-Leave no trace of your visit (bring out what you brought in)
-Always travel the slopes in groups
-Try to stay close to your group members

Thank you for following these basic rules
and enjoy your visit.