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IVGID Tip: How to stay safe on the slopes

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

Conditions and weather change rapidly in the mountains, making it critical to keep safety in the forefront of your mind.

Regardless of how you enjoy the slopes, always be courteous of others and remember that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Observe “Your Responsibility Code” listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

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.

Your Responsibility Code is endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association who declared January National Safety Awareness Month.

Ski resorts across the country participated with programs and events to help educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe on the slopes.

Kids in the Diamond Peak Ski Resort Child Ski Center programs recently participated in a safety awareness poster contest, and some of entries are pictured here. Remember to observe the code, stay safe and have fun!

This tip was provided by the Diamond Peak Ski Resort Ski Patrol consisting of 37 staff and volunteer patrollers, and Thunder the patrol dog and mascot. Diamond Peak Ski Patrol can be reached at 775-832-1225.