Ski and Snowboard Safety


Quick tips to ski and snowboard safely!

• Use properly adjusted equipment: ski bindings should be adjusted regularly by a professional.

• Always remain in control of your speed and direction.

• Use and respect the Mountain Code of Conduct and Alpine Responsibility Code.

• Snow park users: choose a terrain that matches your ability. Respect your limits!


Why wear a helmet?

The Canadian Ski Council recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.


Dr. Rob’s Top Ten Tips for Using and Wearing Helmets

When Skiing and Snowboarding by Robert Williams, MD

Robert Williams, MD, is a pediatric anesthesiologist and associate director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Vermont Children’s Hospital and associate professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He is also an avid skier and snowboarder and serves as a medical associate for the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Patrol.

All skiers and snowboarders should ride responsibly and in control at all times. Helmets may help prevent head injuries in the event of certain types of accidents, but are of little help in high-speed, head-on injuries and offer no protection against neck and other types of injuries.
Bike helmets are designed with different impact characteristics and different areas of protection than ski and snowboard helmets and should never be worn as a substitute for a ski and snowboard helmet. In addition to appropriate safety design, ski and snowboard helmets offer advantages, such as warmth and an integrated fit with goggles.