Tips for safer skiing and riding

Skiing and snowboarding are fun, but risky sports. Here are some tips to make your experience safer:

Prepare before you even get to the slopes

Most ski area websites have lots of information about skiing and riding safety. Our website's safety page and FAQ's page would be a good start for you to gain knowledge before you even get here. You can learn the Skiers Responsibility Code, articles of Wisconsin state law regarding skiing, helmet usage facts and lots more. Please use diligence to learn more about skiing and riding safely before you come to the slopes, or send your children to the slopes.

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Get a trail map

Ski areas in the U.S. put signs at the top of their trails showing the relative degree of difficulty for each trail. "Green circles" are the easier runs, "blue squares" are more difficult and "black diamonds" are the most difficult. Review the trail map and start with the easier trails and work your way up.

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Take lessons

Beginning skiers and snowboarders will learn how to stop, turn, slow down and (often) load/unload beginner chairlifts properly when taught by a qualified instructor. But don't stop with the beginner lesson! Keep taking lessons and your will skiing will be safer, easier and more fun.

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Teach your children well

Parents and chaperones- please do your part to understand skiing safety and talk to your children before they hit the slopes. Tell them about your expectations for their conduct at the hill. The vast majority of kids wear helmets for skiing and snowboarding- tell your child that they must wear a helmet if that is what your expectation is.

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Helmets are a good idea

Wearing a helmet will probably reduce the severity of a head injury. Most people wear helmets while skiing, and helmet usage grows by leaps and bounds every year. We highly recommend wearing a helmet.

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