MOUNTAIN SAFETY

WINTER AT GIANTS RIDGE

WINTER MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Giants Ridge is committed to promoting user safety for our guests, all over the mountain, no matter what the season is. Mountain sports are active and exciting with inherent risks that cannot be eliminated, including the risk of serious injury and death. Because of these risks, it is YOUR responsibility to be aware of your surroundings, the conditions, and your ability.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO INFO

  • Use properly maintained equipment. Have bindings inspected and correctly adjusted by a certified technician. Equipment may be rented from our rental shop. 
  • Wear a properly fitted helmet. To learn more about helmets visit: http://www.lidsonkids.org/
  • Dress in water and wind resistant outerwear and layers to accommodate
    changing conditions.
  •  Use sunscreen and wear goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  •  Know your physical limits. Sign up for a lesson. Even experienced level skiers can benefit from a professional lesson.

ON THE SLOPES

Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Giants Ridge  is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts.

To ensure a safe trip down the mountain, beginners should start easy and work your way up. 

Beginner Giants Ridge Itinerary:
1. Start in the beginner area near the main chalet, start on the magic carpet (Greely’s Way) once you have mastered your ability to turn and stop, you can advance to the steeper terrain on the beginner tow (St. Moritz).

2. After gaining proficiency with turning and stopping then you are ready to go up the lift.

3. The first trail you should try is Melbourne (green circle).  Once you have gained proficiency and confidence, you can progress on to other green trails.

4.  After conquering all the greens, and are ready to take it up a notch, head over to Sarajevo (blue square)

RESPONSIBILITY CODE

Protect yourself, protect others. With common sense and the seven points of Your Responsibility Code, you can have a safer day on the slopes.

  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.

LIFT SAFETY

Loading:

  • Remove poles from wrists and hold in one hand.
  • Remove backpacks. Place on lap or on seat.
  • Remove back foot from snowboard binding.
  • After the chair in front passes, move to the “Load Here” line.
  • Look back and grab the part of the chair that is easiest to you 

Riding:

  • Sit down and sit back. Your back should be against back of the chair.
  • If a restrain bar is available, lower the bar when it is safe to do so. 
  • Remain seated and face forward.
  • No horseplay and never jump on lift.

Unloading:

  • Check for loose clothing & equipment to make sure it will not get caught.
  • If restrained bar is lowered, raise the bar. 
  • Keep your ski tips or front of your snowboard tipped up and straight ahead. 
  • Stand up at the “Unload Here” line and move away from the unload area.
  • If you fall, move out of the way if possible or wait for assistance. 
  • If you ride the chair past the unload area, wait for assistance. DO NOT JUMP!

SKI PATROL

Giants Ridge provides a team of trained Ski Patrollers to provide first aid, assess mountain safety, post warnings and close trails. 

  • Ski Patrollers are on duty when the chair lifts are operating.
  • To summons a Ski Patroller, let any employee know or call the Patrol Room at 218.865.8019.
  • The Patrol First Aid Room is located in the South Chalet .

CLOSED RUNS

During the course of regular operations, Giants Ridge may find it necessary to close sections of the mountain for the safety of our guests. Closures are often marked with rope, ribbon or fencing in conjunction with a CLOSED sign, though any marked boundary must not be crossed whether or not a closure sign is in place. Crossing a closure boundary endangers yourself, others and may result in loss of lift privileges.