How to Avoid Being Obnoxious on the Slopes

Winter is the season for bums. Wait, let me rephrase that. Winter is the time for ski (and snowboard) bums to shine! Yep, that’s better.

Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports for a reason. They’re fun. And they’re great sources of exercise for your lethargic winter muscles. Mountain resorts offer a playground for athletes of all skill levels.

When you pack a lot of people into one area, there’s going to be some chaos. Call me a dreamer, but I believe we can all share the mountain, have a great time, and not leave wanting to kick someone’s ass.

By following some basic etiquette, we can all make the mountain a harmonious place to play.

The Parking Lot

  1. Pay attention to the parking lot attendant. Of course, you’re excited to get going. So is everyone else. Follow the attendant's directions so you can park as fast as possible. Remember that there are cars on both sides of you, close-in. So don’t leave your car door open while you’re getting ready. Close the door so the person parking next to you can park closer. This applies when you and arrive and leave.
  2. Don’t blast your music while you’re driving through the parking lot, or getting ready. Your loyalty to Hanson is admirable. But don’t expect everyone else to be as enthusiastic about your MMMBop love fest.
  3. Double check to make sure your gear is in good repair before you hit those slopes. You may need those brakes or leashes in case something unforeseen happens.
  4. Be aware of cars in the parking lot when you’re walking to the slopes. You know, look both ways and all that jazz.

The Ticket Line

  1. Only select the people who are purchasing tickets to stand in line. The rest of your posse can make snow angels or take sips on the hidden flask. This helps keep the line shorter and more organized. If you insist on continuing to listen to MMMBop, Reggae, or any other music, make use of your earbuds. Besides, rocking out to music nobody can hear is a great conversation starter.
  2. When you get your ticket, take a moment to review the code of conduct. This is important.  You can find it on the back of your ticket/pass. This one thing can save you from being “that dick on the mountain.” You’re welcome.
  3. Don’t litter. These newfangled tech jackets all have pockets that hold things. You can even put your wrappers in them. Keep our mountains beautiful.

The Lift Line

  1. Be mindful of where you put your gear on. Stay out of the way of other downhill skiers/snowboarders. This will avoid unnecessary accidents or confusion for people who are trying to get in line.
  2. Have your pass out and ready to show the attendant. Read and follow any signs you see. Don’t cut in front of others. Be aware of the difficulty of the terrain the lift is accessing before you get on. And know how to ski/snowboard that difficulty.
  3. Pay attention to the lift attendants. Listen to what they say. Don’t wait until you’re about to get on the lift to ask them questions. You have 6-8 seconds to ask a question (in a noisy line), you probably won’t get the answer you want. Better to ask ahead of time.
  4. Don’t swing or bounce in the chair. Read the signs on the towers. Don’t throw anything from the chair, don’t flail, and don’t jump from the chair. If you’re riding with a stranger, be courteous. Basically, be mature.

Skiing / Snowboarding

  1. Read any signs. There may be places they don’t want people to gather. Make sure you’re out of the way of other skiers/snowboarders. If someone needs help, help them.
  2. Follow the code. It’s your responsibility to know and follow them. It’s the best way to avoid accidents. Be aware of other skiers/snowboarders. Stay visible. Stay in control, and keep your equipment under control.
  3. If a skier is injured, make an X with their skis to alert others. If it’s a snowboarder, try to stand the snowboard up in the snow. Whoever reports the accident should go to the nearest lift or ski patrol shack with the appropriate information.
  4. This one is the most important - HAVE FUN!


Did we miss anything? What would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

* This post was proudly written with the help of guest contributor The Hotstepper (the lyrical gangster).


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