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Always ski or board responsibly, and be mindful of others while enjoying the slopes – not just for your own safety, but also for everyone around you.
You may see a set of rules on display at ski resorts and they are most likely from the Alpine Responsibility Code. The code is accepted by most snow sports authorities and resorts across the world (they can slightly vary from place to place) and is intended as guidelines for the safety of snow users. They are a good mix of safety protocols and common sense, so have a look at them the next time you are out on the slopes.
No matter where you go for the snow, be it North America, New Zealand, Japan, or Europe, there will be days when the weather is good, but it can be hard to predict when it will turn bad. A change in conditions, including fog, high winds and heavy snowfall, can happen rapidly and visibility can drop to almost nil, putting you in a potentially dangerous situation.
Always take advice from resort staff on weather conditions, and keep an eye on local forecasts and their predictions for temperature as well as snowfall - the quality of snow tends to improve the colder it gets, and vice versa. Pay attention to any sudden drops in the temperature, which can signal a change in the weather.
if bad weather rolls in while you are on the mountain, it can happen very quickly. Start to make your way towards the nearest lift to get down as soon as possible.
During the day, your snow gear might become wet, and wet gear will freeze quickly, so it's important to get down the mountain before you get caught out.
At ski resorts, the action doesn't stop once the sun goes down. Aside from night skiing and riding, many ski resorts have a vibrant nightlife with live music, late-night bars and cheap drinks. Here are some tips so you can stay safe:
Driving in winter is hazardous, so it's important to be prepared for driving in icy conditions. Visibility can be limited and the road surfaces can become very slippery.
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