Category Archives: safety

Do you poach?

When, if ever, do you ride in terrain that’s been marked off-limits? Lift-served ski areas in the U.S. expect customers to abide by the Responsibility Code, meaning that you might lose your ticket or season pass for an infraction. Here’s … Continue reading

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Too Cold for Snowboarding?

“It’s not too cold; you just need more layers.” “It’s never too cold for snowboarding.” You may have heard that advice, or given it yourself. But this week, some resorts in the U.S. have decided that yes, it can be … Continue reading

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Am I Crazy for Thinking About This?

Ann writes: Brother-in-law says that it is a stupid idea to try to learn to snowboard after the age of 30. Says that if I try to learn I will break my nose and my tailbone. Says that the issue … Continue reading

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Don’t fall to wrist injury

There are two things I always take with me when I go snowboarding. One is a helmet. The other is a pair of snowboarding gloves with wrist protectors built in. I realized the need for both during my second-ever lesson, … Continue reading

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Lost in the wilderness? Too bad, says USFS

Are inane restrictions on the use of technology endangering human lives in the wilderness? Perhaps. The New York Times reported about a month ago about rules governing official “wilderness” areas in the United States. It mentioned a cross-county skier who … Continue reading

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Private benefits, public pain, come from GPS beacons

Are new technologies allowing people to venture into the wilderness unprepared? A former ranger for the National Park Service says yes. Shawn Regan writes in Regulation magazine (PDF) about the rise of personal locator beacons that use GPS technology. While … Continue reading

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Snowboarding, skiing, and the law

Snowboarding and skiing, like just about every activity you can think of these days, might end up in legal action one way or the other. The Utah Bar Association has published an analysis by David S. Kottler of the state … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Ski Patrol

Have you ever been in a ski patrol room? There are many people who make a ski area work: snowcat drivers, snowmakers, maintenance experts, lifties, instructors, front office staff, back office staff, food service workers, and members of the ski … Continue reading

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You Need to Stay in Control

Snowboarding, like many activities, works better when its participants follow some simple concepts of etiquette. In the case of skiing or snowboarding, it’s the Responsibility Code that should set the minimum level of expectations. The text of the code is … Continue reading

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Don’t Stand in the Middle of the Trail!

Stopping in the middle of a trail is not good, especially if it’s at the top of a headwall. Now I appreciate the desire to make a short stop and survey the landscape before proceeding. In some situations, that’s the … Continue reading

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