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Mountain Safety

Know Before You Go

Mountain Safety

Know Before You Go

Snowboarding and skiing are no more hazardous than other high-octane sports. However, make no mistake - they can be very challenging and may require certain abilities that can only be learned with hard work and practice. All sports involve some inherent risk, but to some extent, it is that very same risk that appeals to us.

Safety starts not just when you hit the mountain, but much earlier. Make sure you plan appropriately as various hazards exist including the weather, sun and terrain. Always ski or ride with a buddy and keep that buddy in sight at all times!

Warning

Snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered on any run at any time.

Helpful Hints

  • Be prepared to eat lunch at NON peak times.
  • The base area is busiest between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Take advantage of the empty slopes.
  • Visibility on foggy/snowy days is better near the edge of runs.
  • Properly tuned and waxed equipment will give you the most control and a better experience.
  • Leave your equipment with attendants at Equipment Check during your lunch break to prevent it from coming up missing.
  • Be prepared for changing weather.
  • Drive carefully.

Mission Ridge Helmet Statement

Guest safety is a fundamental value of Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. The most important factor in safety remains the manner in which our guests participate in the sport and following 'Your responsibility Code' and 'Smart Style'.
Mission Ridge recommends that participants in all of their snowsports programs wear an approved, snowsports specific helmet, either a rental helmet, or their own.

We acknowledge that no helmet can protect the wearer against all possible or foreseeable impacts and injuries to the head. Reasonably foreseeable impacts may exceed the capabilities of the helmet to protect against injury. The helmet is designed to offer added protection to the head and cannot guard against neck, spine or other bodily injuries that may result from a ski or snowboard accident. Therefore, the use of a helmet does not and cannot guarantee guest safety and may not prevent or reduce some types of serious injuries or death.

Mission Ridge also acknowledges that guests must become educated in the appropriate fit and sizing of the helmet. The helmet should fit snugly, yet comfortably with the chin strap buckled at all times while engaged in snowsports activities. Mission Ridge further acknowledges that the existing body of research indicates that at speeds greater than 13 miles per hour, the helmet may not provide adequate protection against a serious head injury, if the head directly impacts a fixed object.

Our goal is to educate our guests so that they can make informed decisions about all aspects of safety. We continue to respect the guest's option of choosing whether to use a helmet.

Tree Well Safety

In an effort to make skiing and riding even safer the Mission Ridge Ski Patrol are always available to help and educate users. Stop by the Burchett Patrol Summit Building and any available patroller can walk the patrons through the process and answer questions. In order to become proficient and safe in the backcountry practice is the key. Remember the best bet is to know the stability and snow conditions before you ever venture out.

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