Skiing in Vail – Know the code

We had a great day of skiing today.
It was a nice and warm day, and the sun was shining, making the snow on the slopes, glisten and sparkle.

In Mid-Vail, I saw people taking their photos by the new warning signs, that the management of the ski resort posted, after some fatal accidents.

In one accident, a girl stopped to rest on a slope, where she could not be seen by skiers who were coming down the mountain.
One skier collided with her, breaking both her ankles.

There are also a few deaths every ski season on the mountains, and many accidents.

People are relaxed about skiing backwards, and alcohol is sold in every ski lodge on the mountain…. Often leading to people skiing into trees, which is often fatal.

A wonderful thing about ski resorts in the USA, is that you cannot sue them if you are injured or if a loved one dies, even if it seems to be their “fault”.

It is explained on the ticket that skiing is a dangerous sport and that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY….

If you do not like it… Just do not come…

But after so many accidents, the resort posted new bright warning signs, reminding people how to ski safely…

The signs say:


Vail is committed to promoting ski safety.

In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others.

Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Know your ability level and stay within it.
Observe “Your Responsibility Code” listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

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.

So…..Back to the people taking their photos next to the warning signs…
I was curious WHY they found it a good spot to take their photos….

A closer look revealed the mystery….
One of them was leaning against the sign that said:

Play it safe!
Give way!
Heads Up!

His body was covering the right half of the sign… Leaving only the words instructing:

“Give Heads!”

His eyes were glistening with a mischievous joy…

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