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Safety on the Slopes

CSP and Skier - Canadian Ski CouncilBefore you hit the slopes for the first time please take a quick moment to make sure you are familiar with the safety guidelines that have been implemented for the safety of all skiers and snowboarders. The best protection against accidents is knowing and respecting your limits and the Alpine Responsibility Code.

Why Wear a Helmet?

why wear a helmetsWearing a protective helmet when practising snow sports is a wise choice since it reduces the risk and seriousness of certain head injuries. But beware, you still have to be careful… A helmet is not armour and should not encourage you to take more risks. The best protection against accidents is knowing and respecting your limits and the Mountain Code of Conduct and Alpine Responsibility Code. The golden rule is control! 

 Choosing a Helmet

How to Wear a Helmet - Canadian Ski Council

Choosing the right helmet is not difficult to do. Here are a few tips to help you make the right selection


Safety Tips for Parents

Father and Son with Helmets - Canadian Ski Council

Parents, click here for some helpful tips when your family goes skiing and/or snowboarding this season.

Artwork courtesy of Ontario Snow Resorts Association

Lift Safety


Get Ready for your first day out on the slopes! Check out these great steps to safely getting on and off a chairlift, t-bar or magic carpet!

Safety Tips

skis in motion - Canadian Ski Council

What do you need to know about using or wearing a helmet? Dr. Robert Williams provides his top ten tips in this must read section!

All skiers and snowboarders should consider the following safety guidelines at all times:

  •  Obey the responsibility codes as well as any terrain park codes
  • Be aware of area specific rules of conduct
  • Know how to properly use all lifts and take note of any warning signs
  • Protect yourself by wearing appropriate gear, including helmet
  • Take lessons to learn to ski and ride correctly
  • Know your limits, and ski and ride appropriately based on trail markings for level of difficulty
  • Ski and ride with someone else at all times
  • Avoid stopping on a trail, especially not in an area where you cannot be seen from above
  • Maintain a safe distance from others to avoid collisions.

Content Courtesy of Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP)


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