Snowlink - National Ski Patrol safety tipsSince 1938, the 501(c)3 non-profit, National Ski Patrol (NSP), has dedicated itself to providing service and safety to the outdoor community. As the preeminent authority for serving the outdoor recreation industry, NSP provides the highest quality Outdoor Emergency Care education and credentialing care to safety services providers. Ski and Snowboard Patrollers keep both you, and the mountain safe. Next time you see them on the mountain or ride with them on a chair lift, stop and talk with them. They’re friendly people willing to share their knowledge of the resort with you. They can even give you some tips on great gear and where might be a good place for you to ski and ride based on your ability level. Check out these Safety Tips written to give you some snowsmarts and in collaboration with the NSP Safety Team. For more information on our Team members, please visit


Snowlink - play it safe on the slopes!Since 1938, the National Ski Patrol has been advocating safe practices on the slopes so that skiers and snowboarders like you, can enjoy the most out of the mountain terrain. So, to share the message of how to have fun, while staying safe, NSP developed the slogan “Be Snowsmart! Play It Safe!”

What does “Be Snowsmart! Play It Safe” mean? Well, while it can mean a multitude of things depending on what situation you’re in and what terrain you’re on, the basis of it can be summed up in 3 key points.

1) Prepare for conditions. Knowing what type of terrain you and your equipment can handle is extremely important when playing it safe. To be Snowsmart, know your ability level and where that appropriate terrain is on the mountain.

2) Reduce your risk of injury. To reduce the risk of injury, always wear a helmet. Helmets can reduce your risk of head injury by 35-50%. You can avoid risk of injury in other ways too, including tuning your equipment, skiing with a friend, being aware of other skiers and riders on the slope and being aware of your surroundings and on mountain signage.

3) Prevent emergency situations. Situations on the mountain can quickly turn into emergencies without warning. Unexpected weather changes, backcountry and side country skiing areas, and getting down the mountain with an injury are just a few factors that may turn into emergencies if you are not prepared. Preparing for situations such as these can help tremendously and can be as simple as being aware of weather forecasts, carrying a reliable communication device while on the mountain, snowboarding with a friend, and knowing how to contact Ski Patrol.

These safety tips are just part of being snowsmart! Before you even head out the door you need to have a few things lined up, like what you are going to wear and knowing how to dress for conditions outside. Having the right equipment is important too. Borrowing is not the best idea, but renting is a great way to try different gear and see what you like before spending money on purchasing your own skis, board, boots, poles, and helmet. The National Ski Patrol highly recommends wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding, but encourages those participating in the sports to realize that helmets do have limitations and are not a complete answer for slope safety. Check out this helmet fact sheet from the National Ski Areas Associationto get more information on the benefits of wearing a helmet. In addition to the proper use of helmets, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has developed Your Responsibility Code to help snow sports enthusiasts avoid injury and make their experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.If you’re adventuring in the backcountry you must be knowledgeable in avalanche safety and the equipment used to help keep you safe; NSP provides information and classes on backcountry avalanche safety.

Visit the NSP website for a full list of helpful tips and a checklist.


Test your Snow Smarts Safety IQ with this fun test from NSP, to challenge your mental muscle. Start with Green, and move on to more difficult terrain of Blue, Black and Smart Style Super Pipe Bonus Round! Take the quiz today.


The NSP is a leader in promulgating safety in ski slopes around the nation. The video public service announcements below can help get you prepared for a safe day on the snow.


Learn all the key on-mountain signage.


The NSP, in conjunction with National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has developed Your Responsibility Code to help snow sports enthusiasts avoid injury and make their experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) created a fun video to highlight the importance of Your Responsibility Code. Check it out!


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