At Mount Peter, skiing, snowboarding and tubing safety are priorities for everyone – employees, instructors and guests, alike. Each activity presents its own set of risks, and these can be heightened by weather and slope conditions. No one wants a day of fun to be ruined by careless or reckless behavior, so stay aware of your situation and surroundings, know your skill level and choose slopes accordingly, exercise good judgement and always extend courtesy to others. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the important policies laid out below, so you can help promote a culture of safety on the mountain.
18-106. Duties of skiers and ski area operators with respect to inherent risks. It is recognized that skiing is a voluntary activity that may be hazardous regardless of all feasible safety measures that can be undertaken by ski area operators.
1. Ski area operators shall have the following additional duties:
a. To post at every point of sale or distribution of lift tickets, whether on or off the premises of the ski area operator, a conspicuous "Warning to Skiers" relative to the inherent risks of skiing in accordance with regulations promulgated by the commissioner of labor pursuant to subdivision four of section eight hundred sixty-seven of the labor law, and to imprint upon all lift tickets sold or distributed, such text and graphics as the commissioner of labor shall similarly specify, which shall conspicuously direct the attention of all skiers to the required "Warning to Skiers";
b. To post at every point of sale or distribution of lift tickets at a ski area notice to skiers and passengers that this article prescribes certain duties for skiers, passengers and ski area operators, and to make copies of this article in its entirety available without charge upon request to skiers and passengers in a central location at the ski area;
c. To make available at reasonable fees, as required by subdivision thirteen of section 18-103 of this article, instruction and education for skiers relative to the risks inherent in the sport and the duties prescribed for skiers by this article, and to conspicuously post notice of the times and places of availability of such instruction and education in locations where it is likely to be seen by skiers; and
d. To post notice to skiers of the right to a refund to the purchaser in the form and amount paid in the initial sale of any lift ticket returned to the ski area operator, intact and unused, upon declaration by such purchaser that he or she is unprepared or unwilling to ski due to the risks inherent in the sport or the duties imposed upon him or her by this article.
2. Skiers shall have the following additional duties to enable them to make informed decisions as to the advisability of their participation in the sport:
a. To seek out, read, review and understand, in advance of skiing, a "Warning to Skiers" as shall be defined pursuant to subdivision five of section eight hundred sixty-seven of the labor law, which shall be displayed and provided pursuant to paragraph a of subdivision one of this section; and
b. To obtain such education in the sport of skiing as the individual skier shall deem appropriate to his or her level of ability, including the familiarization with skills and duties necessary to reduce the risk of injury in such sport.
According to NSAA, using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner is one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and boarders. It’s YOUR Responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely. Here are some tips:
- If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant for help.
- If you need more time to load, ask the lift attendant to slow the lift down
- Remove backpacks prior to loading the lift and carry them on the lift.
- When loading, watch for the approaching chair behind you and then sit all the way back once seated!
- Once on the lift, lower the safety bar down.
- Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.
- It is OK to miss a chair and wait for the next one.
- Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped can be picked up later.
- NO horseplay on the lifts!
There are many signs on and around a chairlift. Each is important in its own right informing you about the process for loading, riding, and unloading the chair. Pay attention to and obey these signs when riding a chairlift. If you are unfamiliar with a lift or have questions, please ask a lift attendant for assistance and directions.
Chairlift Safety B.A.S.I.C.S:
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
- Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
- Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
- You must prevent runaway equipment.
- Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
- Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!
If you need help understanding the Code, please ask an employee.
There are four main messages that are associated with Smart Style:
- Make A Plan - Every time you use freestyle terrain and 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 - Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area. Your first lap through the Terrain Park should just be a ride-through to familiarize yourself with the area.
- Easy Style It - Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials are not recommended.)
- Respect Gets Respect - True from the lift line; throughout the ski area.
Watch the full Smart Style video at www.terrainparksafety.org.
There are elements of risk in tubing that can be greatly reduced by applying common sense and practicing personal awareness. Observe this code and share the responsibility for a great tubing experience it with other tubers.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off the tubing slope when it is closed. No other sliding type apparatus such as sleds, toboggans, etc. are permitted.
- No skiers or snowboarders are allowed on the tubing slopes except Safety Patrollers.
- You must take responsibility for your own safety. If you are unsure of your ability to ride the tube safely, do not tube. Parents must be responsible for their children. Children shorter than 42” may not tube.
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult with a valid tubing ticket. Adults may not just purchase a ticket and proceed to allow children into the park alone.
- Limit is one rider per tube. Two persons or more on a single tube is strictly prohibited. Parents may not ride while holding their children.
- No unsafe behavior is allowed. Tubers must remain seated on the tube at all times during a run.
- Do not start down the track until the previous tuber has cleared the bottom of the hill and you have been instructed by an attendant to start. Always leave a safe amount of room between yourself and other tubers.
- Tubers ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- After stopping at the bottom, look up the tubing run and stay out of the way of other tubers coming down the hill. Be especially alert while walking at the bottom toward the lift.
- If you fall off your tube, remount your tube and ride to the bottom or walk quickly to the bottom, staying alert for other tubers and slippery areas.
- Never leave your assigned track. If you become separated from your tube and it goes onto another track, follow the instructions of the attendant.
- If you have a collision with another tuber that results in an injury, it is your responsibility to stay at the collision site until the Safety Patrol arrives. Please cooperate with the Safety Patrol.
- Management reserves the right to refuse/revoke the tubing pass of anyone they feel is riding or behaving in an unsafe manner.
- Mount Peter is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property.
- Wear appropriate clothing, including warm layers, waterproof pants and gloves, hat and sturdy boots with treaded soles. No ski boots or hard shelled boots allowed on the tubing run. Examples of unacceptable footwear include: women’s wedge boots, rain boots, sneakers, et cetera.
- Management may modify this code as necessary to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors to the park.
- Alcoholic Beverages are prohibited in the tubing area.
- Dogs are not permitted on the premises.
- Mount Peter is not responsible for any topographical errors or omissions in any advertisement or other printed material.
- Any tickets purchased thru any vendor other than Mount Peter are not valid and will not be accepted at ticket counter.
- Upon entering Mount Peter your image or likeness may be used in promotional material for Mount Peter. Mount Peter reserve the right for your image or likeness to be used in its promotional material.
Violations of this code can lead to loss of tubing privileges, without warning and without refund. You can be legally liable for your actions.
Any skier/snowboarder found to be recklessly skiing/riding at the mountain with no injury or danger to someone else will be given a warning once, the second incident will be removed from the mountain.
Any time a skier/rider endangers others for attempts to endanger another person they will not be given a warning and will be removed from the premises and the police will be called and they will be charged with “endangering others.”
All names/dates and incidents are to be recorded of all pass holders and lift ticket holders. A log book is kept in the patrol room and all incidents of this nature are written in the log book. There is also a log book in the mountain operations office.
A date and initials are to be written on the season pass for warnings and also ticket personnel need to be notified so that it is documented in the POS system.
Patrol and Mountain Management notify each other for incidents to be recorded.