January is the National Ski Area Association’s National Safety Month. In support of this effort, Monarch Mountain features weekly safety messaging on our social media platforms and through safety focused activities on the mountain. The first Saturday of the month is dedicated to the Responsibility Code. The Responsibility Code is a list of seven items that detail critical steps that all skiers and snowboarders can take to help create a more safe environment for all to enjoy the slopes. In fact, the Responsibility Code is incorporated into Colorado’s Ski Safety Act. So, it’s up to you to know and follow the code!
Your Responsibility Code
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
In addition to the Skier and Snowboarder Responsibility Code, the Colorado Ski Safety Act establishes responsibilities for skiers, ski areas, and it details the inherent risks involved with skiing and snowboarding. Click here to learn more about the Colorado Ski Safety Act.