It doesn’t matter if you are new to skiing or a seasoned pro; there are some written and unwritten rules of the slopes concerning etiquette. Some skiers can be downright rude and reckless. This is both disrespectful and dangerous.

Here are some basic rules of ski slope etiquette.

Remain in Control
It is important that you try to maintain control of your skies, poles, or snowboard. Do not take on a black diamond if you are a novice. If you are taking on a trail that is too difficult, chances are pretty good that you will be going too fast and will be falling a lot. This is not safe for better skiers.

If you are a good skier, you need to be mindful of others and not go too fast. Remember that you are still sharing the trail with others. Skiers ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

Keep Moving

Never stop at the top of the hill as you exit the chairlift. Just grab your poles and get out of the way before you cause a pile up that results in the lift being stopped.

Don’t stop in the middle of the trail so that you become a hazard to approaching skiers who may not be able to see you from above. Move off to the tree line where you are out of the way. Yield to others, especially when entering a new trail where there is a merge.

Do a Safety Check of your Equipment

Check your equipment prior to heading out. Skis and boards need to release quickly when you fall. And, they need stay with you. Runaway skis and boards can take out other skiers.

Never Cut the Lift Line

Lift lines can be long and sometimes annoying. That does not give you the right to cut the line. Everyone has paid a lot of money to use the lift. If your buddies are still on the mountain, wait for them outside of the lift line.

Read the Signs

Do not enter onto trails that are posted as closed. These often have not been groomed or do not have enough snow. Don’t venture into areas that are off-trail. Ignoring the signs can get you into trouble and put the patrols in jeopardy trying to get to you.

No Trash

If you bring it in, take it out. If you decide to have a snack on the trail, you must take the wrappers with you. This also goes for smoking. If smoking is allowed, don’t leave your butts on the trail.

The no trash rule goes for the lodge as well. Clean up after your lunch so that others can have a clear table and a place to sit.

Have Fun

This really isn’t a rule of etiquette. Skiing is supposed to be fun. Enjoy yourself and be as safe as possible. And most of all don’t be that guy who ruins it for everyone else by being reckless or obnoxious on the slopes and inside the lodge. Just enjoy.