Responsibility Code

Responsibility Code

Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are outdoor activities in a changing environment. Putting yourself against the hill involves risk of personal injury and property damage to your equipment. Your safety and enjoyment are our first priority.

Nothing ruins a great day of fun as much as an unnecessary accident. Ultimately, safe skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are each person's responsibility. Following "Your Responsibility Code" will help everyone have a safe experience.

Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are dangerous sports with inherent risks. These risks include but are not limited to: loading, riding, and unloading from ski lifts, variations in snow, steepness and terrain, ice, moguls, features, rocks, trees and other forms of forest growth and debris (above and below the surface), bare spots, lift towers, poles, fencing, utility poles, snowmaking and grooming equipment, and other forms of natural or man-made obstacles on and off designated trails, as well as collisions with equipment, obstacles, or other skiers/snowboarders. Trail conditions vary constantly due to weather change and skier, snowboarder, and tuber use. Inherent in the sport is the risk of permanent, catastrophic injury, or death. As a participant you are acknowledging and accepting such inherent risks.

Your Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association established "Your Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. The points listed in the Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain. So, whether you ski with one board or two, or use other specialized equipment, always show courtesy to others so that your paths do not cross.

It is important to remember that there are elements of risk in mountain activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please note, violations of Your Responsibility Code, and the following additional rules, ordinances and / or guidelines may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability and /or loss of lift privileges without compensation or refund.

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right or way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National Ski Patrol, and Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Other Points to Remember

On The Slopes

  • Always ride or ski in control and within your ability. Do not ride or ski too fast or recklessly. Do not ski slopes too difficult for your ability.
  • When walking or climbing always keep to the side of the trail or slope.
  • If you have a collision resulting in an injury to another person, it's your responsibility to stay at the collision site until the Ski Patrol arrives. All injuries must be reported before leaving Snowstar Winter Park.
  • It is your responsibility to control your body on the ground and in the air. Always clear the landing area quickly. Never jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary. Look before you leap! One user on a terrain feature at a time. Inspect terrain before using and throughout the day.
  • Do not build up jumps, schuss, or ski out of control. Schussing means skiing straight down the hill extremely fast and/or recklessly.
  • For your safety we do not allow plastic or other unsafe snowboards. Binding mounted to a board indicate a safe snowboard, bindings mounted through a snowboard indicate an unsafe snowboard. Snowboard must have a full metal edge.


  • Do not jump out of chairlifts.
  • Lift tickets must be permanently attached by wire wicket to the skier, so that the tickets are easily visible to lift operations.
  • A skier / rider who are alone when entering the lift line should call out "single" so that others may ride the chairlift with him on double or quad lifts.
  • Remove pole straps from wrists before loading on chairlifts. Stand close together in the loading area.
  • Absolutely no cans or bottles are to be taken on ski lifts or ski slopes.
  • Do not cut lift lines.
  • Get on and off lifts only at loading and unloading areas. Do not swing or bounce chairs while riding a chairlift.
  • Snowboarders shall remove one foot prior to loading and unloading in same manner.

Etiquette And Behavior

  • Be courteous and respect others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
  • No carry-in-beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Snowstar premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.
  • Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.
  • Snowboarders must follow Your Responsibility Code. Do not sit at the top of the run in such a way as to block the starting area or otherwise obstruct any area of the slope.
  • Do not abuse rental equipment.
  • A ski area operator, including any employee not just patrollers, upon finding a person skiing / riding in a careless, inappropriate or reckless manner, could result in a lifetime suspension from Snowstar. So take it easy out there. Give people some space.

Freestyle Terrain

Freestyle terrain refers to jumps, bumps, mounds, moguls, rails, gibs, table tops, fun box, and other such features.

Freestyle Terrain is provided for your enjoyment and offers adventure, challenge, and fun. However, using freestyle terrain, like all skiing and riding, exposes you to the risk of serious injury. Prior to using freestyle terrain, it is you responsibility to familiarize yourself with all instructions and warnings and to follow "Your Responsibility Code". Please be advised that features at various times may appear throughout the entire area.

  • Freestyle Terrain contains man-made and natural terrain variations.
  • Freestyle Terrain changes constantly due to weather and use.
  • Inspect Freestyle Terrain before using and throughout the day.
  • In jumping and using the terrain, you assume the risk of serious injury.
  • Be courteous and respect others.
  • One user on a Terrain feature at a time.
  • Never jump blindly - use a spotter when necessary. Look Before You Leap!
  • It is your responsibility to control your body on the ground and in the air.
  • Always clear the landing area quickly.
  • Always ride or ski in control and within you ability.
  • Terrain features may be encountered throughout the area. Such features may be moved and/or modified on a daily basis.
  • If you do not agree with the above, then do not use the facilities at our ski area