Responsibility Code
Common Sense, it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
  • Always stay in control, and 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.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Know the code : it's your responsibility
  • This is a partial list.
  • Be safety conscious.

Smart Style / Park Smart
The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards would like to welcome you to the "Smart Style" Terrain Park Safety initiative. A cooperative effort with the help of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) that emphasizes the proper use of terrain parks while delivering a unified message.
The Smart Style video along with the work together to emphasize the importance of safety in terrain parks across the country. Please visit the for a comprehensive look at the Smart Style program.
Park Smart Terrain Park Safety Program Messages
Start small - Work your way up. Build your skills.
Make a plan - Every feature. Every time.
Always look - Before you drop.
Respect - The features and other users.
Take it easy - Know your limits. Land on your feet.

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