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Ski and Snowboard Safe

Making yourself familiar with the safety guidelines that have been implemented by the ski resort will ensure the safety of you and other skiers and snowboarders. The best prevention against accidents on the ski slope is knowing and respecting your limits alongside the Snow Responsibility Code.

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Not only is it important to keep safe on the ski field, but also on the way up there. Weather can change very quickly up the mountain, make the most of your day by making sure that you are well prepared and safely equipped; including your own personal and your transportation. The best start to the day is to check the full mountain report, most are available online or on the radio.

Follow the code:

NZSKI Snow Responsibility Code

This code is designed to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for everyone on the mountain.

Stay in control at all times.

Know your ability, start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people.

People below you have the right of way.

The skier or boarder downhill of you has the right of way, also look above before entering a hill.

Obey all ski area signage.

Signs are there for your safety, keep out of closed areas.

Look before you leap.

Scope jumps first, ensure the area is clear of others, use a spotter on blind jumps.

Stop where you can be seen.

When stopping, try to move to the side of the trail and where you can be seen from above.

Don't lose what you use.

Equipment must be secured while walking.

Stay on scene.

If you are involved in, or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski Patrol.

Respect gets respect.

From the lift line to the slopes and through the park.

It’s also important to:

Observe ski area boundary closures.

Go slow when you’re in a slow zone.

Ride the right lift: Make sure you have the right lift pass to access the type of lift and terrain for your skiing/riding ability.

Ski and Snowboard Equipment checks

Check your equipment before your get on the slopes. Get used to regularly checking your personal equipment to make sure that it is in safe working order. This includes the soles of your ski or snowboard boots, buckles and laces, ski poles, ski and snowboard bindings, quick-release setting and ski brakes. It’s important that you look for anything that could potentially cause injury if faulty. Drop into our ski and snowboard workshops in Queenstown and Wanaka for peace of mind before heading out. Personal safety equipment such as eye protection and helmets are highly recommended.

Drive Safely

New Zealand ski fields are accessed by road, in which you can drive your own vehicle to or take alternative transportation such as the bus.

If you decide to drive yourself bear in mind the conditions that you may face. These are not main roads and so be prepared for driving, steep unmarked, mud, grit, snow and ice.

New Zealand use snow chains on vehicle wheels in snow and icey conditions for extra traction. It is important to know when and how to use chains, because you are required to stop and put on chains when indicated on the ski area access roads; signs will indicate when it is compulsory to use chains. Fitting chains can apply to both two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles.

Drive to the conditions and be considerate of other road users.

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Be prepared in the Backcountry:

If you decide to leave the ski field area and head out of bounds for skiing or snowboarding in the New Zealand backcountry, it is vital that you know your limits. You need plenty of experience, understand the area, the risks and be PREPARED.  Carry all necessary safety equipment including shovel, probe and activation beacon. Avalanches happen for a reason, so it’s important to choose your terrain wisely.

It is good practice to alert local Ski Patrol with details of your anticipated backcountry trip. But remember the back country is not patrolled, even if its just outside of the ski field boundary.  The only time Ski Patrol venture into the backcountry is in the case of a known emergency.  Search and Rescue (SAR) is most often required outside the ski area boundary

Ski Patrol:

The mountain Ski Patrol teams work daily in the operational ski season to ensure that the terrain within the ski field boundary of the ski resort is safe.  Ski Patrol continually observe weather and snow-pack conditions and monitor the snow's increasing or decreasing stability within the ski area throughout the season. The ski patrol on the ski field is also on call to deal with every form of ski area emergency.

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Ski Patrol at Teblecone Ski Field, Wanaka, NZ.

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