10 tips to make you less of a mountain jerk

There’s nothing worse than hitting the slopes for a fun day of skiing or boarding, only to have it ruined by someone who’s being rude or even worse, unsafe.  We all know there’s a responsibility code that is put in place to prevent accidents on the mountain, but everyone should follow some simple etiquette.

Don’t ski out of bounds or on closed trails.

Those ropes and fences are there for a reason people. Ski patrol carefully monitors conditions and decides for safety reasons which areas are safe to use. If you get hurt or go missing, it is a serious drain on rescue resources to save you and it risks the safety of ski patrol.

Don’t ski or board like a lunatic.falling

Ok, so you’re a great skier and comfortable going fast. Well, what happens when a novice crosses your path? You get the picture. Stay in control and ski and board responsibly. The goal for everyone is to go home in one piece.

Don’t cut in the lift lines.

No one cares if your BFF is three people ahead of you. Wait your turn and skilinejust make a plan to meet at the top of the mountain. Ride up with some strangers and maybe you’ll make some new friends!



Don’t smoke (anything) on the chair lifts.

People go skiing to enjoy the fresh air and they certainly don’t want your secondhand smoke wafting past them as they make their way up the mountain. Light up after you are done skiing, preferably in your car (with the windows up).

Don’t make fun of people from above.

No one enjoys catcalls or mocking from random strangers. If you see someone you’d like to get to know better, meet up with them in the lodge or impress them with your ski or board prowess. And, if you see a poor soul that just took a bad spill, keep the snickering to yourself.

Be careful with your gear.

You take your skis off to head to the lodge and throw them up on your shoulder. Low and behold – BOOM! – you smack an unsuspecting stranger in the head.  Look around you and be careful with your gear. Helmets are to protect us from accidents on the mountain, not in the lodge.

Watch your language!

Some of us like to take our children to the mountain and we really don’t appreciate having to explain words like a#$, &u#$, and sh#& to our young ones. Keep it clean when you ride the lifts or take a spill or someone may have to wash your mouth out with soap!

Don’t be a litter bug.

coffeecupNo one on the mountain wants to see your empty cup o’ joe, Clif bar wrappers, or wads of spent tissues littering the trails. Make sure your trash is securely zipped up in your pocket until you can find a trash can. And, no…the area below the chair lift is NOT a trash can.

Help out a newbie or a fellow skier/boarder

We’ve all been there. You take a nasty fall and your gear is all over the mountain. Yep..the proverbial “yard sale”. Lend a hand – help someone get up out of the snow, retrieve some missing poles, and by all means, just be nice!

Don’t overestimate your abilities.ski-trail-signs

Trying to impress a girl? Wrapping yourself around a tree probably isn’t the way to go.  If you are not a black diamond skier or boarder, stick with the blues (or greens!). It’s about everyone’s safety, not just your own. Stay within your own limits.