Safety - Know the Code

Please be responsible to help avoid being injured or injuring someone else.

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

Riding, in its various forms, including the use of skis, snowboards, snow skates, etc. is a dangerous sport with inherent risks. These risks include loading, riding and unloading from 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 and 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 riders. Trail conditions vary constantly due to weather changes and 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 riding, you must also know and be willing to accept the limits of your ability. Riding challenges your physical condition and may cause stress. You will reduce the risk of injury and enjoy it more if you are in good physical condition.

Your Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association established "A Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. 

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 properly.

This is a partial list and is officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National Ski Patrol, Professional Ski Instructors of America. For more great skier and snowboarder information, visit the National Ski Area Association's Ski/Snowboard site.

Other Points to Remember

On the Slopes

  1. Always ride or ski in control and within your ability. Do not ride or ski too fast or recklessly. Do not ride on slopes too difficult for your ability.
  2. When walking or climbing always keep to the side of the trail or slope.
  3. 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 Snow Creek.
  4. In Terrain Parks, 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. Inverted aerial maneuvers (flips) are not recommended.
  5. Do not ride or ski beyond CLOSED AREA signs into a closed area.
  6. Do not build up jumps, schuss, or ride out of control. Schussing means riding straight down the hill extremely fast and/or recklessly.


  • Do not jump out of chairlifts.
  • Lift tickets must be permanently attached by wire wicket to riders, so that the tickets are easily visible to lift operations.
  • A skier/rider who is alone when entering the lift line should call out "single" so the rider can load with others on a double, triple or larger size lift.
  • 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 lifts or slopes.
  • Do not cut lift lines. Only Snow Creek Ski 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. As for Rope Tows, do not cross operating rope tow tracks.

Etiquette and Behavior

  1. Be courteous and respect others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
  2. No carry-in beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Snow Creek premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.
  3. Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.
  4. "Picnicking" is allowed only in designated areas.
  5. Riders 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.
  6. Do not abuse rental equipment. Do not go on dry pavement with skis or boards on.

Employees in uniform, not just Ski Patrol, upon finding a person riding in a careless, inappropriate or reckless manner, could cause that person to suffer consequences ranging from a one-on-one awareness seminar with aki Patrol to a lifetime suspension from Snow Creek. 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 area operator to protect riders from their own or from another rider's carelessness or recklessness.

If you do not agree with the above, then do not use the facilities at our area.