- Plan ahead for variations in weather, dress and gear up appropriately, proper tuned gear, warmth and visibility are key components of safety – if in doubt check us out at the Rossignol Demo Centre or at the Outdoor Elements retail store.
- Be aware of changing snow surface conditions check the groomed run reports on line at our web site or smart phone app
- Only ski and snowboard in areas compatible with your ability – progression is the key to safe success
- If you fall, and you are unhurt, on the slopes or chairlift ramp move quickly to the side to avoid becoming an obstacle for other skiers or riders who could hurt you or themselves
- Slow skiing areas are intended for beginner skiers - passing or jumping are not allowed in these areas
- It is your responsibility to follow the Alpine Responsibility Code or Nordic Responsibility Code at all times
- Mount Washington's inbound terrain includes natural hazards including cliffs and cornices. Ski with caution, unmarked objects and hazards may exist.
Safe Slopes Team:
Our full time Safe Slopes team members are out on the hill day and night during operation patrolling the runs enforcing the Alpine Responsibility Code. They are on the lookout for people who violate the A.R.C. or are being reckless in slow zones or other areas. They are there offering tips and rewards on how to be or for being in compliance but also issuing warnings and suspending skiing privileges in severe cases to those not following the code. Know the Code it is YOUR responsibility! You can help the Safe Slope Team members by skiing or riding in control, by travelling at the same speed as others in Slow Zones, and by using common sense and courtesy while on our mountain.
Tobogganing (using snow disks, crazy carpets, GT snow Racers, garbage bags or any other non-approved snow sliding devices) at any time is NOT PERMITTED on any Mount Washington Property with the exception of the Nordic Tobogganing area at the Raven Lodge. A much better sliding option is the New Snow Tubing Park. The park provides a safe and controlled sliding environment. The best part is you don't have to walk uphill - there's a lift!
Mount Washington Alpine Resort recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner. Lids On Kids
Tree Well Information
- Always ski or ride with a partner
- Keep your partner in sight and stay in visual contact so they can see you if you fall
- Stay close enough to either pull or dig each other out
Natural hazards such as tree wells occur within and outside of the ski area boundary. Mount Washington Alpine Resort would like to remind all guests to ski and ride with care, obey all mountain signage, and ski/ride with a partner or group. A tree well is a hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree while snow accumulates. A tree well incident occurs when a person falls, head first, into an area of deep snow around the base of a tree and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles the more entrapped in the snow they become. The risks of a tree well accident or fatality can be reduced by following these basic practices.
How can I tell that I'm in a Slow Zone?
There are a couple of ways. First of all, have a look at our trail map. The Slow Zones are highlighted in green. You will notice that most of them are beginner runs. When you are on the mountain look for 'Slow' or 'Slow Zone' banners.
How fast is too fast?
Many people have a hard time remembering what it was like to be a beginner skier or snowboarder and having to worry about whether there is enough space to attempt a turn. So first off, think about giving people some space. Next, remember that you must always be in control whether you are on an expert run or in a Slow Zone. This is the first point of the Alpine Responsibility Code. If you are in the air, you have no control over your speed or direction. Jumps and hits are not allowed in Slow Zones. The speed expected is relevant to how many people are on the run. If there is no one on the run, you may do short radius turns. When there are more people on the run the 10% Rule is in effect. You may pass people at a speed of approximately 10% faster than the flow of other skier traffic on the run.
Why can't I go as fast as I want when there's no one else on the run?
The Slow Zones are on beginner runs. One of the biggest users of Slow Zones are kids. Kids don't have a high awareness of what other people are doing and are easily distracted. They might be on one side of the run and see something that they want to take a closer look at on the other side and just veer over and cross the run without checking to see if anyone is coming. Kids and adults that are learning to ski also tend to fall on terrain transitions (knolls) and can be trying to recover from a crash in an area that can't be seen from above.