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.
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.
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:
At first, ski lifts can be intimidating contraptions, but you will quickly master them.
CARPET LIFTS - are a great way to get up the hill. You just stand on the carpet and enjoy the gentle ride.
DOUBLES, TRIPLES, & QUAD CHAIR LIFTS - Ski chairs, two, three, or four-seaters, mounted on a cable, move continuously up the slopes.
- 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.
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.