Why a new Code?
NSAA first developed the Skier Responsibility Code in 1962. In the last 60 years, the Code has undergone several revisions to stay in step with modern language and skiing behavior (and to include snowboarders, bikers and everyone who enjoys the slopes!). The 2022 version of Your Responsibility Code has grown from seven points to 10. The pre-existing seven points were revised, sometimes minimally, to modernize the language. One previous point was split into two. Two new points were added: one, to emphasize the importance of not skiing or riding under the influence of alcohol/drugs; another to let skiers and riders know what to do when you get into a collision or other on-mountain incident.
This season, ski areas across the country will begin to adopt this language. However, it takes some time to make new signage and get everyone on the same page! You can expect to see this 2022 Code used more widely over the next three seasons. In the meantime, take a moment to read this Code; talk with your kids or friends who are new to the slopes; and remember that staying in control is the best way to stay safe on the slopes.