SKIER SAFETY

Ski Safety

Nothing ruins a great vacation as much as an accident that didn’t have to happen. To avoid injuries on the slopes there are a few things to keep in mind. We have put together some ski safety information below to make sure your trip to Shanty Creek Resorts is fun and safe.

Know The Code – Your Responsibility Code

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings.
  • Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

For more details on Knowing the Code, visit nsaa.org.

Smart Style

The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards have developed the”Smart Style” Terrain Park Safety initiative. This is a cooperative effort with the help of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) that emphasizes the proper use of terrain parks. The Smart Style Terrain Park Safety Program has four main messages:

  1. MAKE A PLAN
    Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
  2. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
    Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
  3. EASY STYLE IT
    Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended).
  4. RESPECT GETS RESPECT
    From the lift line through the park.

For more details on Smart Style, visit nsaa.org.

Helmets are a Smart Idea

  • Skiing or boarding responsibly is your first priority. Helmets are a second line of defense! Be able to stop or avoid other people or objects and follow “Your Responsibility Code”. Know The Code.
  • Helmets can reduce head injuries by 30-50%, and may be the difference between a major and minor injury.
  • Helmets do have limitations. Helmets provide the most protection at slower speeds—but most of us ski and snowboard faster. Check your speed.
  • Helmets should not give you a false sense of security and do not allow you to take more risks. Wear a helmet, but more importantly, ski or snowboard as if you are not wearing one!
  • For kids, parents should ensure that the helmet is properly fitted and the chin strap fastened.

Wearing a helmet is a smart idea. For more information visit lidsonkids.org.

Kids on Lifts

Using a chairlift while skiing or snowboarding is an exceptionally safe and secure mode of transportation. Nonetheless incidents and accidents can happen – especially when people are unaware of loading, riding and unloading procedures. Educate your children about loading, riding and unloading lifts. Learn the best techniques to do so by visiting kidsonlifts.org.

Cold is Cool

Learn to ski affordably! Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) and ski areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer a popular and very affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding during the month of January.

Try cross-country skiing for $20, downhill skiing for $30 and snowboarding for $40. For a complete overview of the program, visit goskimichigan.com.

Bring a Friend Challenge

Taking the Challenge means that you helped enroll at least one newcomer to a beginner lesson or lesson package from a professional instructor. The Challenge officially starts December 1, 2013. You can win some great prizes like skis, a snowboard, apparel, a camera/goggles, trips and more! Learn more about the Bring a Friend Challenge by visiting bringafriend.org.