There’s nothing worse than spending time on the slopes honing your skills and being confronted with people who don’t know how to be considerate to other skiers and boarders. Whether its people not even trying to avoid you, dead set on a collision, to others who fly off the drag lifts without even a hint of thought for those behind them, having a little idea of how to behave on the slopes can mean the difference between a smile and hostility.
Don’t Ski on Closed Trails
There’s a reason why trails are closed, and it’s not so that you can look cool and up for a challenge by going past the barriers. It’s because the trails are unsafe and really not worth the risk of injury or the potential of having your lift pass confiscated.
Don’t Queue Jump
You wouldn’t do it at a theme park or waiting for a bus, so why do it on the mountain? Queuing for the ski lifts and waiting for your turn to embark on the slopes is part of the day on the piste, whether you like it or not.
Keep in Control
You may think of yourself as a bit of a speed demon but if you’re not in control and are causing a nuisance to others on the slopes, you could make enemies faster than you can say ‘downhill racing’. If you do want to speed (obviously, in control), don’t choose a nursery slope with newbie skiers as the place to do it!
Stick to the Suitable Trails
Beginners will not be appreciated on advanced runs just like expert racers wouldn’t be on nursery slopes. Stick to the slopes that you can comfortably manage, while staying in control at all times.
Remember Who Has Right of Way
Whether you’re turning, stopping or crossing a trail, the person in front of you has the right of way so don’t cut them up!
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