Ski in­dus­try urges moun­tain safety

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY NEWS -

Thanks to the mild tem­per­a­tures ex­pected in the com­ing days, win­ter sports en­thu­si­asts will be able to en­joy great ski­ing con­di­tions and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Que­bec Ski Re­sorts (ASSQ) is re­mind­ing skiers and snow­board­ers to be cau­tious on the slopes. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, the ASSQ and its mem­bers are mak­ing sure snow­board­ing en­thu­si­asts are aware of the Moun­tain Code of Con­duct and the wear­ing of hel­mets dur­ing their trips to the moun­tains. In ad­di­tion, start­ing Jan­uary 19, a tour is planned in 15 ski re­sorts to pro­mote safety among skiers and snow­board­ers.

Moun­tain Code of Con­duct

The Moun­tain Code of Con­duct es­tab­lishes rules for the har­mo­nious co­hab­i­ta­tion of all users of the re­sort and con­trib­utes to the safe prac­tice of sports. Here is a sum­mary of the 8 ar­ti­cles of this code:

1. Treat oth­ers as you would like to be treated (the golden rule) 2. Pri­or­ity to peo­ple ahead of you 3. Keep trails clear

4. At in­ter­sec­tions, pri­or­ity to those at a higher al­ti­tude

5. Help res­cuers

6. No wild equip­ment

7. No drugs or al­co­hol

8. Re­spect the signs

For his/her own safety and that of oth­ers, each skier must be­have re­spect­fully and com­ply with the Code and other rules in force at the sta­tions. Pa­trollers can in­ter­vene with a per­son who vi­o­lates the Code and with­draw his ticket.

The As­so­ci­a­tion is also urg­ing cau­tion on ski lifts. Com­ply with the rules that are posted through­out the ride and if you are not fa­mil­iar with how it works, con­tact the lift at­ten­dant.

Safety equip­ment

The hel­met is now an in­te­gral part of equip­ment. More than 80 per cent of Que­bec skiers wear one and wear­ing one is strongly rec­om­mended to pre­vent in­juries. In ad­di­tion, hel­met use has been manda­tory in all Que­bec snow parks since 2007.

Wear­ing a hel­met does not make you in­vin­ci­ble. The best pro­tec­tion against ac­ci­dents is to know and re­spect one’s lim­its and the Code of Con­duct on the moun­tains. The golden rule is key.

For more de­tails on the Moun­tain Code of Con­duct and to guide you on your next moun­tain trip, visit maneige.ski.

Founded in 1979, the ASSQ is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of all ski re­sorts in Que­bec. Its mis­sion is to pro­mote and de­fend the in­ter­ests of the re­sorts to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion and to sup­port the in­dus­try in or­der to of­fer skiers and snow­board­ers mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences in the moun­tains. Alpine ski­ing and snow­board­ing are prac­ticed by ap­prox­i­mately 1.4 mil­lion Que­be­cers.

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