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.
New York State Article 18 Safety in Skiing Code
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.
Head's Up: Your Responsibility Code
Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association.
Smart Style Program: Freestyle Terrain Safety Information
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.
Tubing Responsibility Code
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.