Safety is the responsibility of everyone on the mountain, staff, guests and patrol. Many of our guests come to stay at SilverStar more than one day so here are some tips to stay safe on the slopes.
1. Be aware of where you stop on piste, make sure others can see you if they come fast or over a roll where visibility is limited. If you’re with a group plan ahead and stop where you feel everyone including other skiers/boarders will not collide.
2. Think of fatigue, many visitors are here for vacation and might not be conditioned to ski/board long days. Warm up in the morning and stretch it out, then tone it down in the afternoon. Avoid difficult terrain such as moguls in afternoons or end of a day. Plan to finish on a good note.
3. Don't cut across a run from one side to the other without a good look that no one is coming and avoid abrupt change of direction without a shoulder check. If you exit out of the trees into a ski run, look up hill to check you are not cutting anyone off.
4. Plan to move away from lift areas both top and bottom. It is more relaxing for guests to move a little further out of traffic to get orientated and make plans on where to ski/board next.
ALPINE RESPONSIBILITY CODE
1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. Be aware conditions on the mountain do change, so adjust your usage accordingly.
2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. Do not pass people too close at high speed as you may not be able to avoid them if they fall or make an unexpected sharp turn. Be aware snowboards have a blind side and may not see you on that side. Snowboarders have to check their blind side before turning across a busy ski run and make sure they are not turning into a skier. There are regularly collisions on ski hills; do your best to avoid these situations.
3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above. Stopping under convex rolls should be avoided at all times as others cannot see you. If you fall or have to stop in such a place, have some one stop above you to protect you from on -coming traffic. Crossed skis stuck in the snow are a recognized symbol to designate this temporary detour.
4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill 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 Ski Patrol. It is important to give clear information for First Aid purposes. Similar to motor vehicle incidents the involved parties must exchange contact information for insurance purposes.
6. Always use proper devices to prevent runaway equipment. It is your responsibility to have functioning ski brakes, snowboard retaining devices and make sure your gear is secure when taken off your feet. A run away ski or snowboard is very damaging if it impacts with another person and you will be found personally liable for any damage caused by your equipment.
7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings. Use common sense for your safety and the safety of others. Ski Patrol changes warning signs daily to reflect the conditions.
8. Keep off closed trails and closed areas. Respect all closed signs; while the run may look good from the top, Patrol only closes runs to due significant safety reasons. It is our goal to have all the terrain available for your enjoyment.
9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs. SilverStar Mountain is committed to the safety of our guests and has a no tolerance policy on guests who are impaired through the use of drugs or alcohol being out on the slopes.
10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant or Ski Patrol.