Ski Trail Etiquette
- Respect groomed ski trails – foot, paw and bicycle prints damage ski tracks.
- Observe directional signage – many ski trails are ONE-WAY for your safety.
- Yield to skiers traveling downhill.
- Signal to others when passing – call “Track.”
- When stopping, step out of ski tracks and off the trail with your equipment so others may pass safely.
- Watch out for accidental litter at lunch or snack breaks and pack out what you pack in.
- Carry appropriate winter clothing even on pleasant days.
Skiing Safety Tips
- Use trails that are suited to your ability and fitness level.
- Never ski on rivers or creeks – the flowing water below makes ice thin in places.
- Watch for signs of frostbite, hypothermia and fatigue.
- Keep clear of grooming equipment – operators cannot see or hear skiers well.
- Clear the trail when you stop.
Hypothermia & Bonking
To prevent hypothermia, a condition where your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, bring along water and high-energy food for snacking. Bonking, a condition where the body becomes weak and slow without enough food energy, is prevented by snacking every 30 minutes while skiing. Carrying extra wax and clothing can help if conditions change while on the trail.