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Safety on the Slopes

Smart Style in Terrain Parks

Terrain parks are featured around Holiday Valley for both skiers and riders. Elements you might encounter include half pipes, quarter pipes, wash boards, rails, boxes, barrels, table tops and banked turns. Inverted aerials are prohibited. Please obey posted signs as serious injury or death can occur. Use caution as elements and conditions may change daily and variations exist. It's cool to ski and ride safely. The Park Smart safety message is just plain common sense in the parks.

  • START SMALL - Work your way up. Build your skills.
  • MAKE A PLAN* - Every feature. Every time.
  • ALWAYS LOOK - Before you drop. Don't assume you know what's on the other side.
  • RESPECT - The features and other users.
  • TAKE IT EASY - Know your limits. Land on your feet.

 *Make a Plan includes ATML when inspecting jumps:
A - The approach zone is for setting your speed and stance
T -  The Takeoff zone is for making moves that start your trick
M - The Maneuver zone is for controlling your style
L - The Landing zone is for getting straight and riding away clean.

Check out this Park Safety Video with great riding and excellent tips.   

Air Rules

Getting Air in the terrain park is awesome, but please ride and ski by these rules...

  • Know your limits...bad air hurts BAD!

  • Look before you leap...check out your landing first, and use a spotter.

  • Learn to turn...don't crash and burn.

  • Jumping is serious stuff...advanced skills are needed. Serious injury or death can occur.

  • Conditions can change throughout the day and evening. Be aware.

It just makes sense to follow the rules while skiing or riding. You don't want to cut your time on the slopes short. Plus, getting injured hurts!

Heads Up…Know The Code…It’s Your Responsibility!

Your Responsibility Code

Your responsibility code is a set of guidelines to follow to help keep skiing and riding safer for you and others on the slopes. It is the job of the Holiday Valley Safety Patrol to educate guests about these rules, and enforce them if necessary.

This list is officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, but it is a partial list, so be safety conscious.

  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. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

  6. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Personal Safety on the Slopes

  1. Common sense goes a long way!

  2. If it is cold, dress properly (including a hat), protect your face and take frequent breaks.

  3. If it is sunny, don't forget the sunscreen and eye protection.

  4. At all times, carry ID and a phone number to call in case of emergency.

  5. If you're new to Holiday Valley, pick up a trail map. Ask any of our staff for directions, lift use or other information.

  6. Keep your equipment in good condition. Check your binding settings each year (we can do that for you in the High Performance Shop). Tune your skis or board regularly. This not only helps you make better turns, your equipment will be more consistent and reliable.

  7. Lock your skis at the racks. Use a bike lock, or the Ski Key, a locking system that is available at resorts nationwide and in our Mountain Shops. Check your equipment at the Holiday Valley Lodge Rental Shop for only $5 for the whole day.

Ski & Ride With Caution & Common Sense

Holiday Valley encompasses hundreds of acres of both gentle and steep terrain. Skiing and riding are exciting, challenging participant sports that often presents dangers and inherent risks, including but not limited to trees, uneven terrain, changing conditions, bare and/or icy spots, natural and man made objects, snowmaking equipment that may or may not be operating, and other skiers, snowboarders or people using the slopes. Some slopes and gladed areas are not groomed or equipped with snowmaking.

While skiing, USE CAUTION and abide by the Responsibility Code and NYS Article 18. Article 18 is also posted at the Holiday Valley information boards. If you can not accept these inherent risks of skiing and riding, we ask that you not ski or ride at Holiday Valley. Remember, safe skiing and riding is everyone's responsibility; it's the law.

Caution: Snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered at any time and at any location in the resort.

Be Advised: All poles and/or flags, fencing, signage and padding on equipment or objects or other forms of marking devices are used by the ski area to inform you of the presence or location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety and will not protect you from injury. It is a part of your responsibility under Your Responsibility Code to avoid all obstacles or hazards, including those that are so marked.

Chairlift Safety

Holiday Valley has a variety of uphill transportation including high speed quad chairlifts, quad chairlifts, double chairlift, a handle tow and a magic carpet. Be advised that you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate or to use such lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to load, ride and unload the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Here are some important things to know about chairlift safety...

  1. While waiting in line watch how people are loading the lift. Ask the lift attendant if you have any questions.
  2. Put away phones or game devices before getting on the lift. 
  3. If it's your turn to load but you're not ready, it's OK to miss a chair.
  4. Sit back as far as possible in the chair and don't lean on the restraint bar.
  5. If your pole or glove starts to fall from the chair, don't try to grab it. You can pick it up later.
  6. At the top stand up and ski/ride down the ramp, then move out of the way so others can unload.

Safety Awareness Month/Heads Up Program

Holiday Valley will join with resorts across the country in promoting Safety Awareness Month all during January. Special emphasis on safety and the Responsibility Code is featured during various events and activities. Skiers and riders of all ages will find SAM interesting and informative.

Some of the activities you might find...Spin to Win - know the code and win great prizes! Cash Chair...you never know who's going to be riding the lift with you! Get caught by Safety Patrol - doing something GOOD -and get rewarded WITH PIZZA!

Woods Skiing/Riding at Holiday Valley

The woods are available to expert skiers and riders and are not open, closed or marked. Woods are littered with rocks, stumps, fallen trees and other objects that can damage you and your equipment. It is recommended you ski or ride in groups of at least 3.

Do not go into the woods after 3 PM. Respect your ability level. Boundary woods can lead you away from Holiday Valley. Know where you are going and dress properly.

Check out these links to learn more about safety on the slopes.

National Ski Patrol Safety Quiz

Lids on Kids helmet information

Lift Safety information for kids

Smart Style Terrian Park safety info

Safety tips