Safety

Skiing and Snowboarding can be enjoyed in various way such as alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country, and other specialized equipment. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Your Responsibility Code

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. 
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others, out of the way and visible from above. 
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

This is a partial list and is officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National Ski Patrol, Professional Ski Instructors of America. For more great skier and snowboarder information, visit the National Ski Area Association's Ski/Snowboard site.

Etiquette and Behavior

  1. Be courteous and respect others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
  2. No carry-in beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Paoli Peaks premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.
  3. Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.
  4. "Picnicking" is allowed only in designated areas.
  5. Do not abuse rental equipment. Do not go on dry pavement with skis or boards on.

SMART STYLE - Terrain Park Safety 

The National Ski Area Association and Burton Snowboards would like to welcome you to the "Smart Style" Terrain Park Safety initiative. This venture has been a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of terrain parks at mountain resorts while delivering a unified message that is clear, concise, and effective. The more people we can educate and get involved to help spread the word, the better. Visit http://terrainparksafety.org/ for more information

The Smart Style Program - There are four main messages that as associated with Smart Style:

  • Make a Plan: Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach, and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
  • Look Before you Leap: Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself our of the landing area.
  • Easy Style It: Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended!)
  • Respect Gets Respect: From the lift line through the park. 

Using Paoli Peaks Lifts

Basic rules for riding all lift types:

  • Do not use a lift until you are familiar with its operation. Obey all loading and other instructions on lifts. Watch and learn. Ask if you are in doubt.
  • Do not cut lift lines. Only Paoli Peaks Ski Patrollers and Instructors are allowed to enter the lift line ahead of those already waiting.
  • Slow down before approaching the entrance to a lift.
  • Load and unload only at designated areas.
  • Be polite and courteous at the loading area. Wait your turn, try to keep off other people's skis or boards, and join up to maximize the use of the lift.
  • Have your lift ticket or season pass visible to the ticket checker or lift operator so you do not hold up the line.
  • If you fall while getting on or off the lift, keep your head down and crawl quickly out of the way.
  • Do not bounce, ski out of the track, or otherwise abuse lift equipment. You may cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Make sure no loose clothing or long hair is caught in lift when unloading.
  • Move quickly away from unload areas to make room for the next riders.
  • If a lift stops, do not attempt to get off. Remember, if there is a mechanical problem, area personnel will provide assistance.
  • Take special precautions to help small children load and unload. Do not allow them to ride a lift alone until they can do so properly. You are responsible for your children and their actions.

CHAIR LIFT TIPS

  • On chairlifts, keep your ski tips or snowboard up as you leave the loading area and again when approaching the unloading ramp.
  • Skiers need to remove the pole straps off their wrists. Snowboarders need to have a leash attached and must remove their "back" foot front the binding before loading.
  • Outside guests hold poles in inside hand. Middle guests hold poles in either hand.
  • Outside guests look over outside shoulder and grasp bail as it approaches. Middle guests should grasp back of chair as it approaches. Sit down as the chair reaches you. Keep ski and snowboard tips pointed up until no longer touching the ground.  This prevents skis or snowboards from snagging.
  • Once the chair has left the platform, sit back and enjoy the ride. Do not bounce or swing during the ride. Take care not to drop gloves, poles, or litter. Should you lose something, note the number of the next tower for orientation.
  • When getting off, you will see the sign warning of unload area. Raise the tips of your skis so they don't catch as you approach the platform. As your skis touch the snow, stand up and push yourself off the chair with your free hand.

TRAIL MARKING SYMBOLS AND TRAIL MAP

Take a few minutes to check out the ski lifts and the trails marked on the trail map. The colored symbols next to the trails indicate the difficulty of the trail. You will also find them on posted signs on the mountain.

Before you ride a lift, make sure the trail symbols off of that lift fit your ability. If you have any questions or need directions, go talk to a lift attendant or anyone in a Paoli Peaks uniform.

If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level, always leave your skis/snowboard on and side step down the slope.