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FWSA Safety Program


The overall purpose of the FWSA Safety program is to promote safety on and off the slopes to reduce snowsports injuries.


Goal #1    Promote safety as a forethought, not as an afterthought, to all skiers and riders at all ski resorts within the FWSA geographic region.


Goal #2   Encourage member clubs, councils, and industry partners to promote safety as a high priority within their organizations.


Goal #3   Recognize club and council members’ efforts to promote safety through the Safety Person of the Year award competition.

Mountain Safety Guide

Ski California and its member resorts in California and Nevada designed this guide to educate our guests on how to ski and 
snowboard responsibly and safely. Please review the information provided and follow these guidelines on and off the slopes to 
enhance both the fun and safety of all guests.
Mountain Safety Guide

Avalanche Safety Protocol

Before Heading into the Backcountry, Take This New Quiz on Avalanche Safety Protocol

5280 | The Denver Magazine


Avalanche deaths are near an all-time high—both nationwide and in Colorado. The assessment helps people decide if they have the needed knowledge to stay safe when venturing outside ski area boundaries.


FWSA Richard Lubin Safety Person of the Year

Who is our Richard Lubin Safety Person of the Year?  Find out here...

January is National Safety Month


Spearheaded by the National Ski Areas Association, the month of January is dedicated to an entire month of safety. Many Resorts across the country participate every year to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes.

To help spread the word, consider following the lead of many of our ski resorts by hosting a safety-focused event or series of events for your club or council.


Need ideas? Check out how the ski areas of California and Nevada collectively created and celebrated Ski California's Ski Safety Day on January 25, 2020.


Know the Code

National Ski Areas Association


Protect yourself, protect others. With common sense and the seven points of Your Responsibility Code, you can have a safer day on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. 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.



  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, 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.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.