Know the Code
The Canadian Ski Patrol is bound by it’s mandate to uphold the Alpine Responsibility Code and the Nordic Responsibility Code. The Codes are short lists of items that, if followed, will reduce your chance of injury and enhance your enjoyment of the sports of skiing and snowboarding.
Avalanche Safety – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Latest avalanche conditions can be found at the Canadian Avalanche Centre
Training and other avalanche information can be found at Canadian Avalanche Association
Tree Well Safety
A tree well is a void or depression that forms around the base of a tree can and contain a mix of low hanging branches, loose snow and air. Evergreen trees in particular (fir, hemlock, etc) can have large, deep tree wells that form when low hanging branches block snow from filling in and consolidating around the base of the tree. These voids can be hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches.
- Ride or ski with a partner and keep your partner in sight at all times.
- Ski or ride in control.
- Give tree wells a wide berth. Look at the open spaces between trees not at the trees.
- Skiers should remove ski pole straps.
- Carry safety equipment including:
- Cell phone with resort emergency number
- Additional equipment especially if you are in the back country:
- Transceiver / beacon
The Canadian Ski Patrol does not condone skiing out of bounds at any time as it puts you and rescuers in danger.
If you planning to venture into an uncontrolled area always leave a trip plan with family or a friend letting them know where you are going and when you plan to return. It is recommended that you take an avanlanche awareness course so you are able to recognise the dangers.
9. Eye protection – Sunglasses & goggles
10. Warm hat
15. Extra base layers