Always Follow The Responsibility Code When You Hit The Slopes

By Derek Lennon | January 19, 2017

Do you know the code? It’s your responsibility to be safe when you’re skiing and riding. We all know that there are risks involved when we hit the slopes, but if you know and follow Your Responsibility Code you’ll be safer when you're making turns at Big Sky Resort.

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) “believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain.” On the NSAA website, they write that "there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce."

To shine the spotlight on safety, they developed an essential code of mountain conduct designed to keep everyone on the mountain a little bit safer. They call it “Your Responsibility Code" and it's widely accepted at ski resorts across the USA.

Below you’ll find the seven points of Your Responsibility Code:

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  3. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  4. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  5. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  6. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

This is only a partial list of safety rules that apply when you’re on the slopes. If you’re skiing or riding at Big Sky Resort please refer to for additional information on skier conduct. It’s important stuff.

It’s also a good idea to watch the following safety video about Your Responsibility Code from the National Ski Areas Association.

Make the Responsibility Code a top priority and you'll have a better time when you are skiing or riding at Big Sky. Let's all have a safe and fun experience on the slopes. Stay safe out there Big Sky.

Know the code.  It’s your responsibility.

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