Mountain Safety

Know The Code

The National Ski Areas Association established the "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.  Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding on the mountain is each person's responsibility. The following Responsibility Code helps all skiers and snowboarders have a safer experience.


Your Responsibility Code

  • Safety on the slopes is every one's responsibility. Ski safely - not only for yourself, but for others as well.
  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, 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 know how to load, ride, and unload safely.


West Virginia Skiing Responsibility Act

The purchaser and user of this ticket (the Holder) agrees and understands that skiing, snowboarding, and other snow riding activities can be HAZARDOUS. The holder understands and assumes the risks and hazards in riding the lift and engaging in activities accessible from the lift. Holder is responsible for reading and understanding all signage, and instructions, posted information and other warnings on the use of ski lifts and the use of skiing areas and the activities permitted in such areas and agrees to comply with them. The holder acknowledges that there are many dangers and risks, inherent and otherwise in the sport, that injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence, and that Winterplace and any of its officers, directors managers, owners, investors, affiliates, agents, or employees will not be held responsible or liable for any injury or harm to the holder, or to any minor under holder's supervision, or accompanying holder, regardless of cause. Trail conditions may vary across the mountain with weather conditions and skier use. The West Virginia Skiing Responsibility Act requires you to know the range of your ability to negotiate any ski slope or trail, ski within the limits of your own ability, maintain reasonable Control of your speed and course at all times, heed all posted warnings, ski only on a skiing area designated by Winterplace, refrain from acting in a manner which may cause or contribute to the injury of anyone, maintain a proper lookout so as to avoid other skiers and objects, and ski in a manner to avoid obstacles and hazards including but not limited to: other skiers, natural and man-made objects, pole lines, lift towers, bare spots, rocks, stumps, trees, moguls, and icy terrain that may exist throughout the area. The West Virginia Skiing Responsibility Act prohibits you from placing any object in the skiing area or on the uphill track or lift which may cause a passenger or skier to fall, crossing the track of any lift or rope tow except at a designated location, failing to wear retention straps or other devices to help prevent runaway skis or snowboards, skiing on a slope or trail that has been posted as CLOSED, using any ski slope while your ability to do so is impaired by the consumption of alcohol, the use of any controlled substance or other drug or while you are under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance or other drug. Before beginning to ski from a stationary position or before entering a ski slope or trail from the side, the skier shall have the duty to avoid moving skiers already on the ski slope or trail. Be aware that snowmaking and snow grooming may be in progress at any time. The holder agrees to freely accept any and all risks of personal and property damage that may occur while participating in any way in any of the forms of skiing or other activities at Winterplace.

Fast, reckless, irresponsible, and out-of-control skiing may result in immediate suspension of skiing privileges. Winterplace reserves the right to revoke the use of this ticket in any instance where, solely in judgment of any ski area representative, the holder acts in any manner that endangers or may endanger the safety of the holder or any person. This ticket will not be replaced if lost or stolen. This ticket is void if the ticket is broken and must be visible at all times. This ticket is not refundable due to inclement and variable weather conditions and/or snow conditions.


Ticket must be detached for transfer to new clothing by ticket office personnel only. 

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