Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to "know the code," basic safety practices endorsed by experts as part of the industry's "Skier and Snowboarder Responsibility Code."
Always stay in control.
People ahead of you have the right of way.
Stop in a safe place for you and others.
Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
Use devices to prevent runaway equipment.
Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
Know how to use the lifts safely.
Experts also recommend:
Wear a helmet and other basic safety equipment when participating in snow sports.
Be prepared for bad weather and sudden changes in conditions. Watch weather reports before you leave home and stay informed.
Bring tire chains for the car. It may be sunny when you leave home, but weather can change quickly. Don't get stranded.
Ski or ride with a partner and keep in visual contact at all times. Visual contact means stopping and watching your partner descend without losing sight, then proceeding downhill while he or she watches you just as closely, say safety experts. If a tree well or snow- immersion accident occurs, your buddy should know where you fell and be there to help; in 90 percent of such snow-related accidents, the victims could not free themselves.