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Ski & Ride Smart
PLAY IT SAFE!
Mountain Creek recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. All skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under Your Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.
NEW JERSEY STATE HELMET LAW:
New Jersey State Law requires all ski & snowboard participants age 17 & under to wear ski helmets while on the trails and lifts. It is the responsibility of the parent, legal guardian or supervising adult to ensure that helmets are provided and worn. Mountain Creek recommends helmets for ALL skiers and snowboarders regardless of age. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet use.
LIDS ON KIDS & NSAA
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), together with the help of Lids on Kids and many others in the ski industry, has developed this site to help educate parents about putting helmets on their children while they're on the slopes.
NSAA, the trade association for ski areas across the country, recommends that parents, skiers and snowboarders make the right choice about wearing a helmet. It's up to you to educate yourself about their benefits and limitations. Ultimately, the choice of whether to wear a helmet is one of personal or parental choice.
Your Responsibility Code
Skiing and snowboarding 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 while on the hill. 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.
Freestyle Terrain Safety Information
At Mountain Creek we have one of the most robust pre-park education programs in the country. We have developed this program in conjunction with the National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards "Smart Style" Terrain Park Safety initiative in an effort to make your time in our parks fun, hassle-free and safe.
The Smart Style Program:
There are four main messages that are associated with Smart Style:
1. MAKE A PLAN
Every time you use freestyle terrain and make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off
will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
2. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area. Your first lap through the Terrain Park should just be a ride-through to familiarize yourself with the area.
3. EASY STYLE IT
Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended).
4. RESPECT GETS RESPECT
From the lift line through the park.
- Make yourself aware of this information so you can help educateothers
- Internal department education
- Taking time in lessons and programs to explain the info or at least let them know where they can find the info
- Your "Responsibility Code", know the code and respect what it represents
You can watch the full Smart Style video at www.terrainparksafety.org
NOTE to parents: You should review the information on these pages if any child (under 18) that is under your control and/or supervision is planning to use the Terrain Parks at South.