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Inherent Risks

Montana State Law, Section 23-2-736, MCA, DUTIES OF A SKIER

(1) A skier has the duty to ski at all times in a manner that avoids injury to the skier and others and to be aware of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing. (2) A skier: (a) shall know the range of the skier’s ability and safely ski within the limits of that ability and the skier’s equipment so as to negotiate any section of terrain or ski slope and trail safely and without injury or damage. A skier shall know that the skier’s ability may vary because of ski slope and trail changes caused by weather, grooming changes, or skier use; (b) shall maintain control of speed and course so as to prevent injury to the skier or others; (c) shall abide by the requirements of the skier responsibility code that is published by the national ski areas association and that is posted as provided in 23-2-733; (d) shall obey all posted or other warnings and instructions of the ski area operator; and (e) shall read the ski area trail map and must be aware of its contents. (3) A person may not: (a) place an object in the ski area or on the uphill track of a passenger ropeway that may cause a passenger or skier to fall; (b) cross the track of a passenger ropeway except at a designated and approved point; or (c) if involved in a skiing accident, depart from the scene of the accident without: (i) leaving personal identification; or (ii) notifying the proper authorities and obtaining assistance when the person knows that a person involved in the accident is in need of medical or other assistance. (4) A skier shall accept all legal responsibility for injury or damage of any kind to the extent that the injury or damage results from inherent dangers and risks of skiing. Nothing in this part may be construed to limit a skier’s right to hold another skier legally accountable for damages caused by the other skier.

Ski Area Boundaries

The Ski Area Boundary is defined by the use of signs and/or string line. For your own safety, ski within the designated area. Whitefish Mountain Resort is not responsible for any avalanche control or rescues beyond the boundary. Areas outside the designated boundary are not patrolled. If you choose to go beyond these boundaries, you expose yourself to uncontrolled avalanche dangers and wild, unfamiliar terrain. Any rescues beyond the ski area will be coordinated by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department (406-755-5300).

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Know The Code

Skier Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.

Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.

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Treewell Safety

Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder snow is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of our sport. If you decide to leave the groomed trails, you are voluntarily accepting the risk of falling into tree wells or deep snow and suffocating.

A deep snow or tree well accident occurs when a rider or skier falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles, the more entrapped in the snow they become. Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as a NARSID or Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death. Fortunately, these types of accidents are preventable.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT TREE WELL & DEEP SNOW ACCIDENTS
1. Avoid Deep Snow & Tree Areas
2. Always Ski with a Partner and Keep Your Partner in Sight
3. Ski & Ride in Control and Defensively
4. Have a Plan to Survive

This abbreviated information is from http://www.deepsnowsafety.org. Please visit their website to learn more about tree well safety.

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Uphill Policy

It is your responsibility to read through the entire Uphill Travel Policy and study the Access Routes if you plan to travel uphill at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort Uphill Traffic Policy

Please Note the Following Special Order from the US Forest Service:

It is prohibited for any skier, hiker, or person otherwise, to approach within 100 feet of grooming machines, whether stationary or moving; or snowmaking equipment, to include but not limited to fan guns, high-pressure water lines, and high-voltage electrical cables, within the Whitefish Mountain Resort permit boundary. Order D08-112-L-10, Title 36 CFR 261.53(e) This Special Order is ALWAYS In Effect.

Before Ski Season: Please heed the Forest Service Special Order, Uphill Traffic Policy and the Uphill Skier Responsibility Code. There are no other route restrictions, and uphill travel should be pursued at one’s own risk.


During Ski Season: Uphill traffic within the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort and only on the two designated routes during the time periods indicated here:

Toni Matt Route 6AM-4PM ONLY
This route follows the western (left-hand, if traveling uphill) edge of Toni Matt from the Lift Plaza to the Summit and is marked by 12″ red diamonds with an arrow and the word “UPHILL” printed on them.

East Route 9AM-7PM ONLY
*This route begins at the Base Lodge, crosses the bridge towards the Ski and Ride School and Clinic building and ascends lower Inspiration, Expressway, Moe-Mentum, and Fill Hill to the Summit. It is marked by 12″ red diamonds with an arrow and the word “UPHILL” printed on them. Please park in the Willow Lot.

Outside of Operating Hours (BEFORE 9AM and AFTER 4PM) skiers MUST proceed down the approved route for the time skiing down.


After Ski Season: For the 14 days following “Closing Day” at the resort, uphill and downhill traffic within the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort will be restricted in the following ways:

East Route 8AM – 4PM ONLY

No Route Restrictions before 8AM and after 4PM

LEGAL INFORMATION: Whitefish Mountain Resort is the holder of a Special Use Permit on U.S. Forest Service land in the Tally Lake Ranger District. That permit states that: “The Special Use Permit authorizes the resort to provide public opportunities for skiing and snowboarding and natural resource-based outdoor recreation in National Forest Settings … The lands within the special use permit boundary shall remain open to the public for all lawful purposes; except for any restrictions the resort and Forest Service agree to be necessary as documented in the Operating Plan … The resort is responsible for public health and risk management within the resort boundary.” All dogs at Whitefish Mountain Resort, including on Forest Service Land, must be leashed and controlled at all times, pursuant to Federal Regulation 36 CFR 261.53(e). During ski season, dogs are not permitted outside of parking areas at the resort.

The Uphill Skier’s Responsibility Code

Skiing (a term which includes snowboarding and all other forms of sliding on snow), whether uphill or downhill, involves inherent risks that cannot be eliminated. However, there are a few rules of conduct that can decrease the risk involved. When traveling within ski resort boundaries, follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code (printed on the back of all lift tickets and season passes, as well as on trail maps), and follow these additional guidelines for uphill travel:

ALWAYS

  • Travel uphill only on the designated route, marked with red diamond-shaped signs.
  • Stay completely to the edge of ski trails; do not hike or stand in the middle of a ski trail.
  • Observe posted signs, warnings, and trail closures.
  • Be alert for & yield to downhill skiers.
  • Yield to and/or avoid all ski area machinery.

NEVER

  • Stop in high-traffic zones, where you are likely to obstruct a trail, or where you are not visible to downhill traffic.
  • Hike, stand, or otherwise position more than two people side-by-side across the fall line.
  • Bring pets out of parking areas during ski season.

Thank you for your cooperation. We’ll see you on the hill.

– The Staff of Whitefish Mountain Resort

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Kids On Lifts

Tips for Responsible Lift Use

It’s YOUR Responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely.

  • Ask the lift attendant for help if you need assistance. Smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.
  • Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.
  • If you are not ready to slide out to wait for the chair when it is your turn, it is OK! Just stand and wait for the chair to go past and wait for the next one.
  • When loading, watch for approaching chair and then sit and slide all the way to the back of the chair! If at all possible you should have your bottom to the seat bottom and your back to the seat back. If your legs are not long enough to do both, then make sure your bottom is stable on the seat bottom so you will be able to sit still for the entire ride.
  • Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped can be picked up later.
  • Please, absolutely no horseplay on the lifts! This includes throwing snowballs and clicking your skis together to drop snow off them.

How to Ride our lifts

  • Getting on: As a chair passes you at the “Wait Here” sign, move ahead quickly to the “Load Here” sign and line up evenly. When the next chair comes behind you, sit on the seat, and slide back as far as you can while keeping your bottom in a stable position on the chair.
  • Riding the lift: Sit back, hold on and sit still to keep from falling from the chair and enjoy the ride to the top! No horsing around.
  • Getting off: At the “Unload Here” sign it is time to get off. Stand up, and ski down the ramp. Watch for others ahead and ski around them. Move out of the way quickly, so others can unload too.

THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ALWAYS BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS.

To learn more, visit http://www.kidsonlifts.org/.

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