Safety on the mountain is a twofold responsibility: that of the individual skier or snowboarder, no matter his level of ability, and that of the ski resort. To inform skiers of their own obligations on the mountain, the National Ski Areas Association has renamed and revised the original “Skier’s Responsibility Code.” It’s now known as “Your Responsibility Code.” It says:

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, and unload safely.

Similar rules of mountain etiquette and skier responsibility are also observed on the world ski scene, no matter where you head for the excite
ment of the slopes. Here, for example, are the 10 rules that Austria asks its skiers to observe:

1. Keep equipment in good condition.

2. Do not endanger others or destroy property.

3. Ski in control; keep weather and terrain in mind.

4. It’s the uphill skier’s responsibility to avoid the skier below him. Give other skiers a good, safe margin.

5. After stopping, look around before starting again.

6. Get up quickly after a fall and do not stop on blind spots on the trails.

7. If you walk up a slope, keep to the edge of the run.

8. Obey all signs and markers.

9. You are obliged to help injured skiers. Protect them from fur' ther risk and get first aid.

10. If you are in a skiing accident you are required to furnish identification. (Note: Visitors are expected to produce their passport and/or visa. Other identification, such as an international driver’s license, is considered only temporary until the official documents are produced.)

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