Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand is a fun winter experience, but as all adventurous sports carries some risk. No matter what the situation never be shy to ask for help. Conditions on the mountain can change very quickly, so if you’re unsure of what to do – it’s always a good idea to check with the staff.
First timers will often sign up for a lesson, to get comfortable on the mountain and enjoy your experience. Instructors will help you to learn the craft and navigate the slopes safely.
Keep distance from other skiers and snowboarders (about 7 metres).
Obey all signs posted and listen to patrol and mountain staff instructions.
Be sure to eat, rehydrate and rest throughout the day, since you will be burning lots of energy.
Create a meeting point for people you are skiing/snowboarding with in case you get separated. Mobile coverage can vary on the mountain.
Always wear a helmet no matter what level of experience. The sun’s rays are highly reflective on the snow, even on cloudy days, so be sure to wear sunglasses/goggles, carry lip balm, and apply sunblock. Layer your clothing, choosing wind and waterproof materials and prepare for changes in weather conditions by bringing gloves and a hat.
Know your ability, start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people. Losing control is the number one cause of falls.
The skier or boarder downhill of you has the right of way. Don’t forget to look above before entering a trail.
Signs are there for your safety. Keep out of closed areas.
Scope out jumps first. Ensure the area is clear of others and use a spotter on blind jumps.
When stopping, try to move to the side of the trail and make sure you can be seen from above.
Equipment must be secured while walking or stashing. This goes for rubbish too! Remember to take all your waste with you so it doesn’t become a hazard for others (or the environment).
If you are involved in or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to the ski patrol.
Right from the lift line, to the slopes, and through the car park – treat others as you would want to be treated.