Avoid drinking alcohol while skiing. You will need good judgment at all times.
Ski carefully and slowly around lift lines and on beginner hills.
Carry a cell phone and check in with someone at designated times, especially if late.
On a gondola where skiers may be crowded together, avoid smoking, foul language, and personal conversations.
Avoid skiing close to ski classes with instructors. Ski carefully past novice skiers.
In line, be patient and await your turn. Cutting in front of someone is rude.
Check daily weather reports for wind, temperature, snow grooming, street conditions, and weather forecasts.
The skier below (downhill) always has the right of way. Always stop and check as you start to go down the hill. It is easier for the uphill skier to look down than for the downhill skier to look up.
If needing to stop on the hill for something, move over to the far right of the run instead of standing in the middle of the hill. Always look up before going back to the middle of the hill.
Attach your lift ticket to your clothing so that the lift personnel can see it.
When faster skiers are passing slower skiers, announce, "Skier on your right" or "Skier on your left." The slower skier always yields to faster skiers.
Anticipate the line of the skier in front of you, whether it will be wide or narrow.
If there is an injured skier, leave their boots on, but remove the skis and cross them standing up. Do not move the person. Wait until someone else stops to help. One of you should go find the ski patrol. Lead the ski patrol to the injured person.
After a full day of skiing, another fun part is getting together with friends! © Diana Olson, 2007 For information on classes or consultations, contact Diana@dianaolson.com / www.dianaolson.com / (626) 584-9761