You may see a set of rules on display at the resort where you are skiing or snowboarding, they are likely 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 set as the guidelines that snow users should follow so everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. It's a good mix of safety protocols and common sense, so have a look at them next time you are out on the slopes.
No matter where you go for the snow, be it Canada, New Zealand, Japan, USA or France, there will be days where the weather is good, however it can be hard to predict when the weather will turn bad. A change in conditions can happen rapidly and visibility will drop to almost nil, putting you in a dangerous situation.
When you're up on the mountain, keep an eye out for dark clouds. In a white out, the clouds will tend to look white. You'll see it rolling in and when it does it can happen very quickly. If you get stuck, the best thing to do is to catch the chair down if 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. Pay attention to any sudden drops in the temperature, when this happens it can signal a change in the weather.
The action doesn't stop once the sun goes down at ski resorts. Aside from night riding, many ski resorts have a vibrant nightlife with live music, bars open til all hours, cheap drinks, and cosy pubs. Here are some tips so you can stay safe:
Driving in winter is hazardous, so it's important to be prepared before driving in icy conditions. Visibility can be limited and the road surfaces can become very slippery.
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