Winter is the season for bums. Wait, let me rephrase that. Winter is the season for ski (and snowboard) bums to shine! Yep, that’s better.
Mountain resorts are winter destinations for athletes of all skill levels. You can ski or snowboard your balls off, break a hip, grab a brew, meet new people. It’s a grand time. But when you pack a ton of people into one designated area, there will be chaos. Call me a dreamer, but I believe we can all share the mountain, have fun, and leave without kicking someone’s ass.
We can all make the mountain a harmonious place to play. Here’s some basic ski etiquette on how to avoid being obnoxious on and around the slopes.
Ski Area Etiquette
If you follow these unwritten rules of skiing (that are now written), you’ll be the most popular person on the mountain. Who knows, maybe you’ll get laid.
The Parking Lot
Pay attention to the lot attendant
Of course you’re excited to start shredding. So is everyone else. Follow the lot attendant's directions so you can park as fast as possible. Don’t leave your door open while you’re getting ready; close it for the person parking next to you.
Don’t blast your music
Your loyalty to Hanson is admirable. But don’t expect everyone else to share your MMMBop enthusiasm. Turn your music down whenever you’re in the parking lot.
Check your gear
Double check your equipment and make sure you have everything before you leave the car. You may need those brakes or leashes in case something unforeseen happens. Look, I know you’re invincible. But it’s best to play it safe.
Watch for traffic
Be aware of traffic. When you’re walking to the slopes, be conscious of people driving through the parking lot. You know, look both ways and all that jazz. Accidents do happen in parking lots. We all know it.
The Ticket Line
Pick one person to stand in line
The rest of your posse can make snow angels or take sips on the flask. This helps keep the line shorter. And if you insist on continuing to MMMBop, use earbuds. Besides, rocking out to music nobody can hear is a great conversation starter.
Review the responsibility code
When you get your ticket, flip it over and read the responsibility code on the back. This single thing can save you from being “that dick on the mountain.”
These newfangled tech jackets all have pockets that hold things. You can even put your wrappers in them. And phone numbers. People still write things down, right? Keep our mountains beautiful.
The Lift Line
Be mindful where you gear up
Stay out of the way of other skiers/snowboarders. This will avoid unnecessary accidents, like clocking someone in the mouth. It will also avoid awkward questions from people getting in line.
Be ready and alert
Don’t cut in front of others. Have your pass out, ready to show the attendant. Be aware of the terrain difficulty the lift is accessing before you get on. More importantly, know how to ski/snowboard that difficulty.
Pay attention to the lift attendant
Listen to what the liftie says. Don’t wait until you’re getting on to ask questions. You have six to eight seconds to ask a question (in a noisy line). You probably won’t get the answer you want. Life is hard.
Don’t swing or bounce the chair
Read the signs on the towers. Don’t throw anything from the chair, flail, or jump. If you’re with a stranger, be courteous. Basically, be an adult. Wait at least fifteen minutes to flirt, so you can show off your amazing skills.
Skiing / Snowboarding
Read all signs
They are there for a reason, pay close attention to them. If they confuse you, ask someone.
Follow the responsibility code
It’s your job to know and follow the code, to avoid accidents. This is important. Be aware of other skiers/snowboarders at all times. Stay visible, stay in control, and keep your equipment under control. No pressure.
If a skier is injured, make an X with their skis
Doing this alerts other skiers or ski patrol. If it’s a snowboarder, stand their snowboard up in the snow. Whoever reports the accident should go to the nearest lift or ski patrol shack. And wins a free beer.
What would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments.