Mountain Safety Guidelines
1. Your Responsibility Code
1. ALWAYS STAY IN CONTROL.
Ski or snowboard under control and in such a manner that you can stop or avoid others or objects.
2. PEOPLE AHEAD OF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.
When proceeding downhill or overtaking others, you must avoid the person(s) below you.
3. STOP IN A SAFE PLACE FOR YOU AND OTHERS.
You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. WHENEVER STARTING DOWNHILL, ENTERING A TRAIL, OR MERGING, LOOK UPHILL AND YIELD TO OTHERS.
5. USE DEVICES TO HELP PREVENT RUNAWAY EQUIPMENT.
6. OBSERVE ALL SIGNS.
Respect warnings, and keep off closed trails and out of restricted areas.
7. YOU ARE THE SOLE JUDGE OF YOUR ABILITY.
Know how to use the lifts safely and use runs and facilities of your ability level.
2. YOUR SAFETY IS NOT GUARANTEED
• As a visitor here, you will encounter a rugged, ever-changing and at times severe mountain environment. YOUR SAFETY IS NOT GUARANTEED.
• For your own safety and the safety of others, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to USE GOOD JUDGEMENT and BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS AT ALL TIMES, to RESPECT ALL WARNING SIGNS and to USE COMMON SENSE AND ACT RESPONSIBLY and ADHERE TO POLICIES AND GUIDELINES while at Mt. Baker Ski Area.
3. WASHINGTON LAW
WASHINGTON STATE LAW STANDARD OF CONDUCT as per RCW 79A. 45 et. seq.
(1) In addition to the specific requirements of this section, ALL SKIERS SHALL CONDUCT THEMSELVES WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL ABILITY and shall not act in a manner that may contribute to the injury of themselves or any other person.
(2) NO PERSON SHALL:
(a) Embark or disembark upon a ski lift except at a designated area;
(b) Throw or expel any object from any tramway, ski lift, commercial skimobile, or other similar device while riding on the device;
(c) Act in any manner while riding on a rope tow, wire rope tow, j-bar, t-bar, ski lift, or similar device that may interfere with the proper or safe operation of the lift or tow;
(d) Willfully engage in any type of conduct which may injure any person, or place any object in the uphill ski track which may cause another to fall, while traveling uphill on a ski lift; or
(e) Cross the uphill track of a j-bar, t-bar, rope tow, wire rope tow, or other similar device except at designated locations.
(3) EVERY PERSON SHALL MAINTAIN CONTROL OF HIS OR HER SPEED and course at all times, and shall stay clear of any snowgrooming equipment, any vehicle, any lift tower, and any other equipment on the mountain.
(4) A PERSON SHALL BE THE SOLE JUDGE OF HIS OR HER ABILITY to negotiate any trail, run, or uphill track and no action shall be maintained against any operator by reason of the condition of the track, trail, or run unless the condition results from the negligence of the operator.
(5) ANY PERSON who boards a rope tow, wire rope tow, j-bar, t-bar, ski lift, or other similar device SHALL BE PRESUMED TO HAVE SUFFICIENT ABILITIES TO USE THE DEVICE. No liability shall attach to any operator or attendant for failure to instruct the person on the use of the device, but a person shall follow any written or verbal instructions that are given regarding the use.
(6) Because of the inherent risks in the sport of skiing ALL PERSONS using the ski hill SHALL EXERCISE REASONABLE CARE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. However, THE PRIMARY DUTY SHALL BE ON THE PERSON SKIING DOWNHILL TO AVOID ANY COLLISION with any person or object below him or her.
(7) ANY PERSON SKIING OUTSIDE OF THE CONFINES OF TRAILS OPEN for skiing or runs open for skiing within the ski area boundary shall be responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from his or her
(8) ANY PERSON ON FOOT OR ON ANY TYPE OF SLIDING DEVICE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COLLISION whether the collision is with another person or with an object.
(9) A PERSON EMBARKING ON A LIFT OR TOW WITHOUT AUTHORITY SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE A TRESSPASSER.