IMPORTANT SKI/SNOWBOARD INFORMATION Assumption of inherent risks or injury and your responsibility Skiing/snowboarding is a physical sport in a winter environment. Risks of serious injury are inherent in the sport. This requires your constant exercise of caution and prudent judgment. Changing conditions Weather conditions and patterns of skier/snowboarding traffic all affect the snow surface, sometimes making skiing/snowboarding more difficult. Always be alert to snow conditions and vary your skiing/snowboarding accordingly. Only you can judge your ability to ski/snowboard a particular run at any given time in control. Snow depth and subsurface Snow depth changes constantly and is not consistent at all points on the mountain. The underlying mountain surface is rough and uneven, therefore you must be alert for rocks, brush, bare spots and similar obstacles that may emerge through the snow at any time. Natural and manmade obstacles There are many necessary natural and manmade obstacles, such as lift towers, signs, fencing, snowmaking equipment, over-snow vehicles, gullies, streams and trees, both on and off ski/snowboard runs, which may cause serious injuries if you were to strike them. The only way to reduce the risk of collisions is to ski/snowboard in control and to stay clear of all fixed or moving obstacles. Avoid skiing/snowboarding at high speed. Skiing/snowboarding at a fast rate of speed reduces your reaction time. Other skiers/snowboarders Be alert that other skiers/snowboarders may lose control at any time. Exercise greater caution when a run is crowded. Give others room to maneuver. Follow the Alpine Responsibility Code. Equipment All equipment should fit properly and be in good repair. Ski - The ski boot/binding system will not release at all times or under all circumstances and it is not possible to predict every situation in which the system will release. The system does not guarantee prevention of injuries Snowboard – The snowboard boot/binding system is not designed or intended to release and will not release under normal circumstances. The system will not reduce the risk of injury during a fall. Helmet – helmets are intended to help reduce the risk of some head injuries, however cannot completely eliminate or prevent this risk. Helmets do not prevent traumatic head injury or injury to the wearer’s face, neck or spinal cord. Skiing/snowboarding in control Any skiing/snowboarding may result in injury. Ski/snowboard with moderate speed, caution and respect for others. Respect all signs, markings, flagging and closures. They are there for your safety. IRRESPONSIBLE SKIING/SNOWBOARD IS ENDANGERING THE FUTURE OF THIS SPORT. PLEASE HELP US REDUCE THE RISK AND MAKE SKIING/SNOWBOARDING MORE ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYONE. BY PURCHASING A TICKET AT THIS RESORT YOU AGREE TO ASSUME THE INHERENT RISKS OF INJURY AND TO SKI/SNOWBOARD RESPONSIBILY. RECKLESS SKIERS/SNOWBOARDERS WILL LOSE THEIR SKIING/SNOWBOARDING PRIVILEGES. ALPINE RESPONSIBILITY CODE There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Always stay in control. You must 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. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol. You must use proper devises to prevent runaway equipment. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and closed areas. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s activities on ski area property. Avoid going through Ski and Snowboard classes. The same goes for race courses, unless you are a participant. KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious SKI/RIDE WITH CAUTION Be aware of changing conditions. Natural and man made obstacles exist. Snowmaking and grooming activities are continually in progress. Use caution and ski /snowboard only on designated slopes or trails. Everyone should realize that falls and collisions do occur and injuries may result and therefore, assume the burden of being in control at all times. BLUE MOUNTAIN TICKET REMOVAL POLICY To help maintain courteous skiing and snowboard at the resort, certain Blue Mountain personnel, ski patrollers, courtesy patrollers and lift operators have been given the authority to warn skiers and snowboarders, and if necessary, remove their lift tickets or Season passes for the following reasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Reckless skiing/snowboarding, high speed skiing/snowboarding, jumping or tucking (skiing/snowboarding out of control or straight down the hill in a crouch). When skiing/snowboarding downhill you must avoid the skiers, trail groomers, maintenance vehicles or objects below you. Skiing/snowboarding out of bounds (skiing/snowboarding on closed trails or on trails that are not lit during night skiing/snowboarding). Bouncing the chair or skiing/snowboarding out of the tracks on a surface lift (this could derail the cable). Impaired (use of alcohol or drugs) or carrying a wine skin. Abusive language (swearing and cursing). Splitting tickets (cutting lift tickets in half), or transfer of a Season Pass to another person. This is a fraudulent offence and the OPP will prosecute. Jumping out of a chair before the unloading area (this could derail the cable). PENALTIES 1st Violation: Day skiers will have their tickets marked or removed. Season Pass holder will have their passes marked or removed for a minimum of 24 hours and must pick up their pass at the Ski Patrol Headquarters. 2nd Violation: Season Pass holders will lose their pass for a minimum of 7 days and will have to pick up their pass at the Ski Patrol Headquarters. Further Violations or Violations of #6 or #7 – Ticket Removal Policy Season Pass will be revoked without a refund FREESTYLE TERRAIN Blue Mountain has the following Freestyle Terrain areas: Greatest Hits and the controlled access Terrain Park. Note: school groups will not be permitted in the controlled access Terrain Park. Posted Freestyle Terrain Rules 1. This area has been designated and constructed as Freestyle Terrain for advanced riders and skiers only. 2. There are many elements to maneuver over and around. 3. Inspect the elements and terrain, their risks and degree of difficulty before participating. 4. Use freestyle terrain within your ability. 5. Do not jump blindly; use spotters- Look before you leap! 6. Obey the Alpine Responsibility Code at all times 7. Helmets are mandatory SERIOUS INJURY AND EQUIPMENT DAMAGE CAN OCCUR By using Freestyle Terrain you are assuming the risk of all such injuries.
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