Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Practicing Safe Skiing and Snowboarding Behavior
Jeffery Fraser has served as owner of the Tsaina Lodge since 2011. Prior to taking on his current role, Jeffery S. Fraser spent nearly two decades as chief executive officer at NIC, Inc., in Olathe, Kansas. Away from his work in the software and hospitality industries, Jeffery Scott Fraser enjoys staying active by training bird dogs and snowboarding.
Avoiding accidents and injury on the mountain should rank as the top priority for all skiers and snowboarders. In order to limit the chances of a negative interaction while enjoying a run, individuals should familiarize themselves with and adhere to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Responsibility Code. The complete NSAA Responsibility Code can be found online at www.nsaa.org.
Understanding right of way rules on a mountain is one of the most critical aspects of the NSAA Responsibility Code. Any skier further down the mountain has the right of way, meaning that individuals higher up the mountain must maintain controllable speeds and practice safe maneuvering as they descend and pass other skiers. However, individuals at any place on the mountain must avoid stopping in areas that may pose a risk to others. Lastly, skiers engaged in a run always hold right of way over skiers and snowboarders preparing to merge with a trail. Before merging, individuals must carefully survey the slopes and wait for a safe opportunity to enter a trail.