Know The Code

Safety is everyone's responsibility.

The National Ski Areas Association's safety campaign promotes responsible mountain behavior. Just follow seven simple rules - the "dos" of safe skiing - and you'll be doing a big favor to yourself and everyone else on the slopes.

Your Responsibility Code

  1. Always stay in control.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

Know the Code — It's your Responsibility 
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by: National Ski Areas Association.

Trail Signage

  • Green Circle: Easiest trails and more mellow slopes.
  • Blue Square: More difficult trails and intermediate slopes.
  • Black Diamond: Most difficult trails and vertical slopes.
  • Double Black Diamond: Expert skiers only.
  • Caution Triangle: Heads up, this terrain may contain hazards.
  • Red Octagon with slash through skier: Trail or area is closed. No skiing allowed.
  • Orange Oval: Freestyle terrain.

Lids on Kids

Minnesota Ski Areas Association and Minnesota ski areas promote the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet – but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. Minnesota Ski Areas Association and Minnesota ski areas view skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner – not helmets only – as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s or rider’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.

In 2002, Lids on Kids debuted as a resource for consumers to learn about helmet use in skiing and snowboarding. This site contains FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, related articles and games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members. The site has received nearly 2 million hits since it was created. The tagline, “A Helmet-It’s a Smart Idea,” is printed on posters and promotional cards at resorts nationwide.