Ski industry urges mountain safety
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.
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.