National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) first developed the Skier Responsibility Code in 1962. In the last 60 years, the Code has undergone several revisions to stay in step with modern language and skiing behavior (and to include snowboarders, bikers, and everyone who enjoys the slopes.)
The 2022 version of Your Responsibility Code has grown from seven points to ten. The pre-existing seven points were revised, sometimes minimally, to modernize the language. One previous point was split into two. Two new points were added: one, to emphasize the importance of not skiing or riding under the influence of alcohol/drugs; another to let skiers and riders know what to do when you get into a collision or other on-mountain incident.
This season, ski areas across the country will begin to adopt this language. However, it takes some time to make new signage and get everyone on the same page. You can expect to see this 2022 Code used more widely over the next three seasons. In the meantime, take a moment to read this Code; talk with your kids or friends who are new to the slopes, and remember that staying in control is the best way to stay safe on the slopes.
Your Responsibility Code (2022)
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
- People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
- Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
- Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
- You must prevent runaway equipment.
- Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
- Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. If you need help understanding the Code, please ask any ski area employee.