Safety & Risk Awareness
Exclusion of Liability and Assumption of Risk
ALL RIDERS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Injuries are a common and expected part of mountain-biking. We strongly suggest that full face helmets, full length gloves, biking armor and a full suspension bike be used in the Bike Park. If you are new to mountain-biking at Asessippi, or the Parent or Guardian of a younger rider, please familiarize yourself with the bike park and the mountain-biking activities we offer. More challenging terrain and features should not be attempted unless the rider has the appropriate skills, experience and equipment to effectively negotiate such trail sections.
SLOW DOWN BEFORE YOU SPEED UP
Crashes can happen on your first lap. Ride the trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment you’re on so you can confidently push your limits without pushing your threshold.
PRE-Ride: Warm up the brain and body and inspect the trail at low speed.
RE-Ride: Lap the trail a few times and get to know the flow of the features.
FREE-Ride: Start small and work your way up to faster speeds and larger features.
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.
Also, be aware of the Cross Country Responsibility Code and Mountain Bike Responsibility Code.
Learn more about the Alpine Responsibility Code in this video.
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;
- 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.
Know The Code - Be Safety Conscious - It Is Your Responsibility
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.
Asessippi Cold Weather Policy
A combined temperature and wind-chill of minus 40 will result in delayed opening of Ariel lift operations. Surface tow operations and all indoor operations are not affected by weather. Ariel lifts may open when the combined temperature warms above minus 40 and will be reassessed by the General Manager and Ski Patrol by noon. The chalet will be open as advertised. All openings are at the discretion of Management and final approval of our Outdoor Operations Manager.
The following procedures will be in place for day ticket cancellation/refunds for the winter 2020-21 Season;
- If the ski area is fully closed for certain dates, guests with day tickets for those dates will receive a full credit
- If the ski area is open, but a documented and verifiable Government travel restriction and/or quarantine requirement prevents a guest from being able to travel to Asessippi, guests with day tickets will receive a full credit. Refunds must be requested within 7 days of ticket date or if a mandate is announced within 7 days of ticket date, within 48 hours of the announcement.
- If the ski area is open, but an individual cannot travel due to a COVID-19 related illness, we will evaluate the circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
- If the ski area is open, but the guest is unable to travel for any other reason, our standard policy applies and tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable
COVID-19 Government Mandated Closure – Season Pass Credit
We are confident that we can provide a safe and enjoyable experience at Asessippi this winter, but should our operations get cut short during the 2020/21 winter season due to a government mandated closure due to COVID-19, we have you covered.
- We guarantee our season pass holders 69 days of operating starting from December 19, 2020. We will provide a 1.3% credit toward your 2021/22 season pass for every day that we fall short of 69 days.
- Only government mandated COVID-19 closure days will be applicable to the 69-day guarantee.
- In the unlikely event that we are permanently closed due to a government mandated COVID-19 closure prior to December 19th, we will provide a credit toward your 2021/22 season pass.