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Ski and Snowboard the slopes safely - Part 1

There are 10.6 million skiers and snowboarders in the United States. During the 2009-2010 ski season, they made 59.7 million skier/snowboard visits to American ski areas and resorts.

Snowboarding has grown in popularity to about 40% of all skier visits.

Skiing and snowboarding are popular, healthy, and generally safe outdoor activities which attract people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds. However, with so many skiers on the slopes, and with such a diverse guest population, skier or skier/snowboarder collisions are inevitable. Sometimes these accidents are very serious or fatal.

Skiing is not a contact sport. Skiers or snowboarders who believe that a skier collision is excusable because "accidents happen," are generally ignorant of the governing ski laws, as well as the skier responsibility code. The NSAA skier responsibility code is typically printed on every ski map and posted at every ski resort in the United States. The code provides ethical guidelines for skiers, including that skiers always stay in control. Skiers ahead of you have the right of way. Whenever starting downhill or entering a trail from the side, skiers need to look uphill and yield. Common sense advice, but many collisions occur because these three elements of responsible skiing are ignored.