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Alpine Responsibility Code

There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience:

  • Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
  • Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
  • Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
  • You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol and drugs.
  • You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safety load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.

KNOW THE CODE - Be Safety Conscious - It is Your Responsibility!

Avalanche Control Areas

The Lake Louise Ski Resort is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and contains large amounts of steep, alpine terrain. Certain weather events (snowfall, temperature, wind) can create dangerous avalanche conditions in these areas, which may be closed at any time in periods of elevated hazard or when avalanche control work is being performed. Entry into closed areas is prohibited, and will result in suspension of lift privileges.

Ski Resort Boundary

Outside the Lake Louise Ski Resort boundary lies the backcountry of Banff National Park. Traveling in these areas is hazardous, and those leaving the Ski Resort boundary do so at their own risk and must be prepared to travel on their own terms. The backcountry is not patrolled and receives no avalanche control, and includes other hazards such as cliffs, rocks, trees, and becoming lost. Backcountry travelers must rely on themselves in case of emergency, as rescue may take considerable time to come to your aid. Please contact any Banff National Park information centre for more information on backcountry travel.

Note: If you are re-entering the Ski Resort boundary after hours, please be aware there may be grooming equipment and winch cats operating on the ski runs.

Speed and Collision Safety

Complementing the Responsibility Code, #RideAnotherDay promotes 3 actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around safer on the slopes. These three actions are:

Be Ready  - Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride in such a way that you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run, groomed or otherwise.

Stay Alert  - Stay alert to what’s going on around you, especially other skiers and riders. Being aware of those around and changing conditions will help you have a fun and safe day on the hill.

Plan Ahead - Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can't see what's coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down it and make note of places where you'll want to slow down, such as cat tracks and rollers. Also, give other skiers and riders lots or room, especially if you are passing them. There's plenty of space out there, so there's no need to crowd each other. 

By doing these three things every run, you'll be helping keep the slopes safe and enjoyable, for you and everyone else. 

NSAA, as part of its on-going efforts to promote on-hill safety and responsible skiing and riding, has developed the #RideAnotherDay campaign, in partnership with Kelli and Chauncy Johnson.


In the event of an on-hill emergency please call our Patrol Dispatch directly at 1-403-522-1311.

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