ACC, or Accident Compensation Corporation, spent over 18 million dollars in coverage last year for ski injuries alone and is urging skiers to take extra care this season to lessen injuries.

The company says that skiers should give the downhill skier the right of way to avoid accidents on the slopes, most of which include soft tissue injuries.

In the United States, skiers are expected to follow the National Ski Areas Association’s Responsibility Code:

  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.

Source: http://www.nsaa.org/safety-programs/responsibility-code/

 

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