About the Basic Rules of Snowboarding


The basic rules of snowboarding have been designated by ski resorts to allow a safe experience for all slope and lift users. Be sure to read individual resort regulations that should be posted around the resort or outlined on the back of your lift ticket.

The Facts

  • Snowboarders are responsible for their own safety including safely loading and unloading lifts and gondolas. By purchasing a ticket, each snowboarder recognizes the inherent risks and dangers of snowboarding and is responsible for ensuring his own safety. He will not hold the resort liable for any injury suffered on a lift or slope. Every snowboarder should ride within her own ability level.

The Facts

  • Snowboarders have the obligation of remaining in control of themselves and their equipment at all times. Do not snowboard at dangerous speeds, which negate your ability to stop. Watch for other trail users and negotiate around them in a safe manner. Skiers and riders in front of you have the right of way. When re-entering a trail from the woods or merging onto a new trail, be sure to look upslope for oncoming riders and yield accordingly.

The Facts

  • Stopping safely is another important rule of snowboarding. Do not stop directly in front of others riding behind you, and try to stop in a visible area to the side of the slopes where others will not run into you. When starting from a stop, be sure to look up the slope and yield to any oncoming skiers before beginning down.

The Facts

  • Adhere to any signs and closures. Do not snowboard around fences or ropes or on any closed trails. Obey postings such as merge and slow down signs. Failure to obey closures and signs can lead to the revocation of your lift ticket.

The Facts

  • Some resorts require the use of a leash for snowboarders riding lifts, although such requirements have been done away with or ignored at many resorts. The leash is attached to the snowboard and then hooked onto the snowboarder's person (around a leg, to a boot) and is a safety measure to ensure that the board does not fall off the lift or down a slope, causing injury to others. Check with individual resorts as to their policy.

The Facts

  • Resorts make their own boundary designations and policy. Some resorts allow snowboarding anywhere within the perimeter boundaries of the resort, including wooded and ungroomed areas, while other resorts allow snowboarding only on designated trails. Resorts also make their own backcountry policy. In general however, if you travel into the backcountry from resort boundaries, there is no patrol or avalanche control and you will need the proper safety equipment and training. Do not travel alone, and be prepared to pay steep costs if your rescue is required. Refer to individual resort policy for more boundary and backcountry details.

The Facts

  • Some resorts require a safety course be taken before snowboarding in terrain parks. The course generally involves a video presentation of terrain park safety and the award of an ID badge that will allow entry into terrain parks. Although most resorts do not have this requirement, some larger terrain parks, including Stratton, Vermont, enforce it.

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