Skier Responsibility and Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

All guests who load any lift and/or utilize terrain at Whaleback agree to adhere to the following code of conduct:


National Ski Area Association (NSAA) developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code:

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid people or objects.

  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

  3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or you are not visible from above.

  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield to others.

  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

·If you decide to leave the ski area premises, be aware backcountry areas beyond the ski area boundary are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel. Educate yourself on safe practices before heading into the backcountry and never ski alone.

  1. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

*This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. 

According to NSAA, using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner is one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and boarders. It’s YOUR responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely.

  1. Need assistance? Ask the lift attendant for help. Smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.

  2. Remove & carry packs. Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.

  3. It is OK to miss a chair and wait for the next one.

  4. When loading, watch for approaching chair and then sit to the back once seated.

  5. Use of the safety bar is required for all riders from the bottom until the raise bar and prepare to unload signage.

  6. Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped accidentally can be picked up later.

  7. Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts including intentional dropping of equipment or any other items

Any violations or infringements of the above policy and other directives from ski patrol or staff will be handled in the following manner:

1.     First Violation: Warning

2.     Second Violation: Loose lift access for one (1) day

3.     Third Violation: Loose lift access for the remainder of the ski and ride season