Alpine Responsibility Code
Like any activity, there are some rules of the road…. etiquette to follow. Everyone’s goal is to have a fun, educational and safe experience. We provide the safe environment for you to enjoy.
There are inherent risks with skiing and snowboarding with many factors affecting your demeanor of the slopes: snow conditions, weather, snow features and lifts to name a few. Understanding your limitations and abilities within the elements ultimately affect your personal safety. Awareness of physical conditions is the key. There is a code of ethics, which has been established by the National Ski Area Association, that covers skiers and snowboarders alike. The prudent things to do are become familiar with them and conduct yourself accordingly. Failure to follow these steps may result in loss of skiing/riding privileges.
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid other people and or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look up-hill and yield to others.
5. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment
7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
8. Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through us of alcohol or drugs.
10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
11. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s activities on resort property.
12. Avoid disrupting ski and snowboard classes by skiing through them. This goes for racecourses as well, unless you are a participant.
This is a Partial list - Know the code – be Safety Conscious – It is Your Responsibility!
Please read the disclaimer on the back of the lift ticket. Sample below:
Notice to all Users of these Facilities ~ Exclusion of Liability ~ Assumption of Risk ~ Jurisdiction ~ these conditions will affect your legal rights. Please Read Carefully!
As a condition of use of the ski area facilities, the Ticket Holder assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever including but not limited to: the risk, dangers and hazards of skiing, snowboarding and other recreational activities: the use of ski lifts, collision with natural or man-made objects or with skiers, snowboards, or other persons; travel within or beyond the ski area boundaries; or negligence, breach of contract, or breach of statutory duty of care on Mount St. Louis Moonstone Ski Resort Ltd and its employees, agents, representatives, sponsors, successor and assigns *hereinafter collectively referred to as “the ski area operator”). The Ticket Holder agrees that the ski area operator shall not be liable for any such personal injury, death or property loss and releases the ski area operator and waives all claims with respect thereto. The Ticket holder agrees that any litigation involving the ski area operator shall be brought solely within the Province of Ontario and shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of the Province of Ontario. The Ticket Holder further agrees that these conditions and any rights, duties and obligations as between the ski area operator and the Ticket Holder shall be governed by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and no other jurisdiction.
The Ski Area Operator’s Liability is excluded by these conditions. Please adhere to the Alpine Responsibility Code and be responsible for your own safety in all activities.
Helmet Usage Policy
The Ontario Snow Resorts Association & Mount St Louis Moonstone recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding no matter what your age. Helmets are mandatory in our Terrain Parks and Half Pipe. 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.
Helmets and Ski Safety
Please visit www.myhelmet.ca for more information regarding helmet use.
The Four Main Points of Smart Style
MAKE A PLAN
Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings. Scope around the jumps first not over them. Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain. Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary.
EASY STYLE IT
Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level. Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.
RESPECT GETS RESPECT
Respect the terrain and others. One person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your start. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features