Safety and Risk Awareness

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It is critical to keep yourself and your students safe, and to promote safety for all the other people on the slopes. Here are key steps for safe teaching-


1- Finding parts of the hill where your students are less likely to get hit, usually along the edge of the slope

2- Being careful to look for an opening on the hill before having your students perform, keep them heading downhill as much as possible especially when busy


3- Choosing the appropriate slope that your students can handle, provide instruction and assistance using lifts

4- Ending every lesson by telling students to stay in control so they can stop at any time before hitting anyone below them. Tell them that is part of "Your responsibility code" that they should know


5- Tell students what to practice, where to practice after the lesson, and to go higher only when they can link turns to a stop 


In the case of an accident call ski patrol for help, protect the student from above, look for witnesses    


                                Your Responsibility Code


  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


Only about 18 percent of beginners return. Most learn from their family, friends, or try it on their own which can create, fear, frustration, and injuries. Only about 30 percent of beginners take lessons, so it is important we educate students on how they can keep themselves and others safe.


                                                          New skiers     

Most skiers go to steeper terrain too soon and end up skiing on the tail of their skis. So they have trouble turning and therefore ski too fast and out of control. People want the challenge of a steeper slope and speed is fun. Speed also increases the forces so it can produce some turning just by leaning on a ski, which gives people a false sense of control. Because most beginners have no instruction, more speed usually replaces learning how to turn well.   

                                                     Ride Another Day


This is why it is so important to tell students at the end of every lesson that they need to be in control so they can stop before running into anyone below them on the hill. And tell them where they should ski or ride after the lesson as they gradually develop more control-    Ride another day 



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