Safety & Risk Awareness
Alpine Responsibility Code
Ski patrollers at Asessippi all belong to and are trained under the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP), a National Organization that provides safety and rescue services in ski areas and at non-skiing events across Canada. The number one job is safety first. Most injuries are preventable. Please Know the Code….
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
- Always stay in control. You must 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.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
- Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
- Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
- You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
Learn more about the Alpine Responsibility Code in this video.
Risks, Dangers and Hazards
Please visit the Safety & Risk Awareness section of the Canada West Ski Areas Association website to learn more about risks, dangers and hazards.
Exclusion Of Liability – Assumption of Risks
The use of ski area premises and facilities and participation in activities at ski areas involves various risks, dangers and hazards. It is a condition of your use of the premises and facilities and your participation in these activities that you assume all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract, or breach of any duty of care on the part of the ski area operator. Your legal responsibility as a user of the ski area premises and facilities or participant in activities at the ski area is explained in the following notice, which you will see posted at the ski area.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing (nordic) involves various risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to the following:
- boarding, riding and disembarking ski lifts;
- changing weather conditions;
- exposed rock, earth, ice, and other natural objects;
- trees, tree wells, tree stumps and forest deadfall;
- the condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface;
- variations in the terrain which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility;
- variations in the surface or sub-surface, including changes due to man-made or artificial snow;
- variable and difficult conditions;
- streams, creeks, and exposed holes in the snow pack above streams or creeks;
- cliffs; crevasses;
- snowcat roads, road-banks or cut-banks;
- collision with lift towers, fences, snow making equipment, snow grooming equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles or other vehicles, equipment or structures;
- encounters with domestic and wild animals including dogs and bears;
- collision with other persons;
- loss of balance or control; slips, trips and falls;
- accidents during snow school lessons;
- negligent first aid;
- failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
- negligence of other persons; and NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE OPERATOR.
Click here for the Exclusion of Liability conditions.
Know the Code – Be Safety Conscious – It Is Your Responsibility
Click here for more information on Lift Safety, Speed and Collision Safety, Ski Area Premises and Using Terrain Parks.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer ski patroller at Asessippi please contact Ian Menzies, Phone: 204-564-2026
For more information about ski patrol, see Canadian Ski Patrol.