YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE
Heavenly is committed to promoting skier safety. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe “Your Responsibility Code” listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
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.
IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT OR IF YOU GET LOST
Backtrack onto a maintained trail. If you have cell phone reception, call 775-586-6900. Wait for someone to answer; do not hang up until all pertinent information has been gathered. First Aid is available at the top of the Gondola, 7 days a week, during normal operating hours.
Major improvements and maintenance occur at Heavenly Mountain Resort during the summer. Please be aware of construction and maintenance and obey all posted signs and warnings. You may encounter construction vehicles on any mountain road. When using these routes, please obey all signage. Be cautious and yield the right-of-way.
REMINDER FROM SMOKEY
Smoking is prohibited in the Gondola, on the lifts, at the mid-station observation platform, in the forest and on-mountain due to fire danger. Report fires from any on-mountain emergency phone or call 775-586-6900.
At 9,000 feet, exposure to the sun is 40% greater than at sea level. We recommend sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 or higher, as well as eye protection.
LIGHTNING AND THUNDERSTORMS
Brief afternoon thunderstorms are common in the mountains. When you see a storm developing, return to the top of the Gondola or seek shelter. Precautions include keeping off ridge tops and staying clear of chairlift houses and towers, power lines, open ski runs, lone trees and signposts. Lifts may close on occasion, due to weather. Please take this into consideration.
If you live at a lower elevation, you may tire more easily. Take it easy at first, plan short trips until you are acclimated and drink plenty of water. Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with high altitude. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing and difficulty breathing. If symptoms persist, you should seek medical attention.
Be aware, mountain weather changes quickly and there is usually at least a 10 degree temperature difference from the bottom to the top of the Gondola.
KEEP WILDLIFE WILD
You are responsible for your safety and the safety of wildlife. Please help keep wildlife “wild” by not approaching or feeding them. Animals may become aggressive. Our food may harm animals or even cause them death. Do not approach wildlife. Maintain a safe viewing distance. If an animal approaches you, it is your responsibility to move away and maintain a safe distance.
DEEP SNOW SAFETY + TREE WELLS
The most important prevention step is to remain on groomed runs, resisting the urge to ski or snowboard through the trees during deep powder conditions, no matter how inviting the untracked powder looks. If you choose to ski or snowboard in the ungroomed, deep snow areas with trees, remember:
- Ski/ride With a Partner. It is critical to ski or ride with a partner who remains in visual contact at all times. In many cases, some of the deaths which have occurred due to tree well incidents may have been avoided had 1) the person been with a partner, 2) the partner saw the person fall, and 3) the partner was close enough to assist digging the victim out in a timely manner.
- Every Second Counts. It does no good for your safety if you are under the snow and your partner is waiting for you at the bottom of the lift. If you have any question about what a "timely manner" is to assist someone in a tree well, hold your breath now as you are reading this and the amount of time until you need air is approximately how much time your partner has to help get you out of danger. Other factors such as creating an air pocket or the nature of how you fall into the well may extend this critical timeframe.
- Maintain Visual Contact. Visual contact means stopping and watching your partner descend at all times, then proceeding downhill while he or she watches you at all times. IF YOU LOSE VISUAL SIGHT OF YOUR PARTNER, YOU COULD LOSE YOUR FRIEND.
- Carry Backcountry Gear. Carry the same personal rescue gear as backcountry skiers or snowboarders: Transceiver, Shovel, Probe, and Whistle.
- Remove Your Pole Straps. If you are a skier, remove your pole straps before heading down a powder slope. Trapped skiers have difficulty removing the pole straps, which can hamper efforts to escape or clear an air space to breathe.
WHAT IF I GO DOWN? Hopefully, your partner will have seen what happened and will come to your rescue within minutes. If not, experts advise staying calm while waiting for assistance. Survival chances are improved if you maintain your air space. Over time, heat generated by your body, combined with your rocking motions, will compact the snow, and you may be able to work your way out.
- If you are sliding toward a tree well or a deep snow bank, do everything you can to avoid going down: grab branches, hug the tree, or anything to stay above the surface.
- If you go down, resist the urge to struggle violently. The more you struggle, the more snow will fall into the well from the branches and area around the well and compact around you.
- Instead of panicking, try first to make a breathing space around your face. Then move your body carefully in a rocking manner to hollow out the snow and give you space and air.
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT.