Ski California puts safety in the hands of skiers and snowboarders

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Five years after the initial launch, Ski California and its member resorts have released a new digital version of the award-winning mountain safety guide. A tool used to educate skiers and snowboarders about safety and making good decisions on the slopes, the new Mountain Safety Guide is available at

The guide gives visitors a common set of safety guidelines used at member resorts in California and Nevada.

“We created the Mountain Safety Guide as a tool to teach skiers and snowboarders how to be our partners in safety,” said Michael Reitzell, president of Ski California. “We want our customers to have a great experience, and to do that, it’s important to remind new and experienced skiers and snowboarders of the inherent risks associated with winter sports, and their responsibility to be aware of their abilities and their environment.”

The guide includes safety information that every guest should know – from what to do before skiing or riding, to how to get on the lifts, to understanding trail signage and how to navigating potential hazards, and learning about deep snow and avalanche awareness. It also features the nearly 60-year-old “Code of Your Responsibility”, updated by the National Association of Ski Areas this year to add new elements and make it more current for today’s skiers and snowboarders. today.

Designed to be visually appealing and easy to navigate, the new Mountain Safety Guide combines the resort’s use of photography, video and animation to help deliver simple, informative messages. A library of safety-related videos that Ski California has developed over the past few years to engage with skiers and snowboarders on a variety of mountain safety topics are also woven into the guide.

To encourage skiers and snowboarders to familiarize themselves with the guide, participants who score at least 80% correct must answer a short safety quiz for a chance to win a Ski California Gold Pass 2023-24 (value of $3,750). Valid at all 35 Ski California member resorts, the Gold Pass provides unlimited resort access and is fully transferable.

Origin Outside in Whistler, Canada developed the new Mountain Safety. The guide is supported by NSAA, Association of Professional Patrollers, National Ski Patrol, US Forest Service, American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Professional Ski Instructors of America, Sierra Avalanche Center, High Fives Foundation, Jones Snowboards and Atomic.

For more information on Ski California and the Mountain Safety Guide, visit

Customers should also expect to find the guide available via QR codes at their favorite resorts this winter.

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