Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. 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. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
Stop in a safe place for you and others. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield to others.
Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe all posted signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails and closed areas.
Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Helmets are recommended while skiing and riding. See Lids on Kids for more information: www.LidsOnKids.org.
Freestyle Terrain is becoming more popular at resorts and its proper use is important. The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards have developed the “Smart Style” Freestyle Terrain Safety initiative, a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of freestyle terrain at mountain resorts, while also delivering a unified message that is clear, concise and effective.
The 4 main points of Smart Style
Make a Plan
Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
Look Before You Leap
Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings.
Scope around the jumps first, not over them.
Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain.
Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
Do not jump blindly, and use a spotter when necessary.
Easy Style It
Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level.
Look for small progression parks or features to begin with, and work your way up.
Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air.
Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely.
Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.
Respect Gets Respect
Respect the terrain and others (freestyle terrain is for everyone regardless of equipment or ability).
One person on a feature at a time.
Wait your turn and call your start.
Always clear the landing area quickly.
Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and feature.
Kids Safety - Helmet use and chairlift safety
Homewood promotes the use of helmets on the slopes, especially for children. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet - but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. Homewood views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner - not helmets only - as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier's behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.
Using a chair lift or gondola while skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, or even just sightseeing, is an exceptionally safe and secure mode of transportation. Nonetheless incidents and accidents can happen – especially when people are unaware of loading, riding and unloading procedures. Educate your children about loading, riding and unloading lifts. Be sure to emphasize courteous behavior and utilize these Tips for Responsible Lift Use to get your points across. Slope safety and personal responsibility should be discussed prior to hitting the slopes or using a lift.
Keep in mind, when your child loads a lift chair without you, they may not always be riding with another adult. Remember, it’s your responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely as well as your child’s. Having the knowledge and dexterity to use the lift properly will ensure fun for everyone.
While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at Homewood Mountain Resort, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and its accumulation on steep, mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness. Visit the Sierra Avalanche Center or contact the Homewood ski patrol for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death.
Taking these steps may help reduce the risk:
Always ski with a partner and keep them within your sight at all times
Obey all signs and closures
Carry avalanche equipment such as beacons or transceivers, reflectors, probes and shovels when skiing or riding in areas where avalanches may occur. Consider wearing a helmet.
Visit the Sierra Avalanche Center or contact the Homewood ski patrol for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death.
Homewood Mountain Resort maintains an open boundary policy which opens our boundaries to an untracked world for experienced skiers and riders. Travel in the backcountry can be exhilarating, but it can also present risks and dangers. The area beyond the ski area boundary is in its natural state and entering the backcountry involves risks including those risks posed by deep snow, avalanches, steep terrain, cliffs and other terrain variations. We do not perform avalanche control or patrol beyond our boundary and take no additional measures to mitigate the hazards to which skiers/boarders might be exposed. Persons skiing or riding beyond the ski area boundary assume all risks inherent in the backcountry. Before you leave the ski area boundary, please take time to educate yourself about the backcountry. It is unlawful for skiers or riders to cross through Closed Areas to access the ski area boundary. Ski and ride responsibly.
Tree Well and Deep Snow Safety
Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of the sport. However, if you decide to leave the groomed trails you are voluntarily accepting the risk of a deep snow immersion accident. A deep snow or tree well immersion accident occurs when a skier or rider falls into an area of deep, unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized and suffocates. Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as a NARSID or Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of NARSID through your own action and awareness. The website www.treewelldeepsnowsafety.com is intended to assist all skiers and riders in learning about the risks and prevention of deep snow immersion accidents.
Snowskates are welcomed at Homewood Mountain Resort. Every snowskate rider must have an approved leash attached to their board and body and will be expected to ride in control at all times.