File photo. Photo Credit: Marcin Wiklik (iStock).

File photo. Photo Credit: Marcin Wiklik (iStock).

Hitting the slopes in Colorado? Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or snow biking, here are a few things you should know about slope etiquette.

Editor's Note: Please continue to follow all state and county regulations in place for COVID-19. This includes wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Find the county-by-county dial breakdown here.

1. Don't cut lift lines

Powder days often come with long lift lines. It's no secret that waiting for a ride on the lift can be real drag. That being said, cutting the line is rude and adds to the chaos. Make sure to follow posted signage indicating how to queue and load onto a lift.

2. Pick up the board

Skis. Photo Credit: zothen (iStock).

Photo Credit: zothen (iStock).

If you knock over someone's skis or board, re-rack them. Don't leave them on the ground to get stepped on or walked around by passersby. Likewise, when racking your board or skis, make sure they're not blocking any walking path.

3. Avoid snowy collisions

Skiers down hill have the right-of-way. However, all skiers on the mountain must be aware of what's happening in all directions. Before taking off on a slope, stopping, or merging, make sure to look in all directions and make the smart and courteous decision.

4. Lend a helping hand

Skiers. Photo Credit: Nadasaki (iStock).

Photo Credit: Nadasaki (iStock).

Pay attention to your fellow skiers and snowboarders. Don't be afraid to check on someone who appears to have fallen or crashed on the mountain. If seriously injured, call ski patrol for help.

5. Have a plan if someone gets lost

Everyone has a different pace on the slopes, which can make it easy to get separated from your group. Establish a plan to meet up at a certain place and time in case someone happens to get lost on the mountain. Be aware of members in your party that might be overdue and don't be afraid to report this to ski patrol if necessary.

6. Don't litter the mountain

Leave no trace on the slopes. Please keep our mountains beautiful. Respect nature and avoid littering. If you pack it in, then be responsible and pack it out.

7. Keep your stash at home

Never hit the slopes under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not only is it illegal under the Colorado Ski Safety Act, but it's also extremely dangerous and puts yourself and others at risk.

Those found in violation of the act could risk losing their mountain privileges, with potential fines of up to $1,000 upon conviction.

8. Know your limits

Don't go blasting down the mountain without knowing where you're going. Trail maps come in handy when it comes to choosing the best runs suited to your skills and experience. It's also important to know how to control of your speed on the mountain. The last thing you want to do is get injured by showing off for your friends.

Editor's Note: Masks are currently required at all times in public places in Colorado. All rules and guidelines are subject to change based on local and state COVID-19 public health orders. 


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I don't mean to come off as too pedantic, but I was triggered, I guess, by your sentence reading, "Downhill skiers have the right away." It may sound pretty close, but the actual term is "right of way." Still, a timely article that should help to remind everyone on the slopes to be courteous.



"Never hit the slopes under the influence of drugs or alcohol." Yet what is at the top of almost every ski resort? A restaurant serving alcohol. Steamboat: Thunderhead, Four Points and Rendezvous.

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