Mountain Creek recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. All skiers and snowboarders should educate themselves on both 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.
New Jersey State helmet law:
New Jersey State Law requires all ski & snowboard participants age 17 and 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 other organizations in the ski industry, has developed this site to help educate parents about putting helmets on their children while 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 Alpine Responsibility Code
Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many different 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 skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Be aware that risk in skiing that can be reduced by common sense and personal awareness. Observe the code listed below and share 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 where you 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 to make your time in our parks fun, hassle-free and safe.
There are four key 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. Make sure landings are clear and move out of the landing area after you jump. Your first lap through the terrain park should be a ride-through to familiarize yourself with the features and conditions that day.
3. Easy style it
Start small and work your way up. Inverted aerials are dangerous and not recommended.
4. Respect gets respect
From the lift line through the park.
Make yourself aware of this information and help educate others
Participate in internal department education
Take time in lessons and programs to explain the information
Know your responsibility code and respect what it represents
Mountain Creek is a certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors.
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.