Safety & Responsibility
Purgatory Resort focuses on safety as part of our everyday culture. Because there are inherent risks to snowsports, we encourage you to education yourself and adhere to responsible skier conduct. Purgatory’s mountain safety program includes safety education, awareness and enforcement. The program is built on the “Responsibility Code” and the Colorado Ski Safety Act.
The National Ski Areas Association established the “Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Ultimately, safe skiing is each guest’s responsibility.
- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must know how to load, ride, and unload safely.
Colorado Ski Safety Act
Recognizing risks that are inherent in the sport, The Colorado legislature passed the Colorado Ski Safety Act, which describes inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the skier and the ski area.
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.
The Ski Safety Act includes cliffs, extreme terrain, jumps and freestyle terrain as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.
Terrain Park Safety
Keeping Kids Safe
Mountain Patrol Tips
Terrain Park Safety
In collaboration with Burton Snowboards and the NSAA, the Park Smart campaign provides safety messages that emphasize rider responsibility and common sense, and overall terrain park safety. The Park Smart program reinforces five safety measures when using freestyle terrain.
The Freestyle Terrain Resource Guide was developed to provide safety information for freestyle terrain users. Freestyle Terrain includes: jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features.
The ATML™ Method
Each terrain park feature can be broken down into 4 zones. Identify these zones and have a plan before using any freestyle terrain.
- Approach zone is the space for setting your speed and stance to use the feature.
- Takeoff zone is for making moves that start your trick.
- Maneuver zone is for controlling your body in the air and setting up for landing.
- Landing zone is the prepared slope between the knuckle and the run out beyond it.
Know your limits and ability level and select the appropriate freestyle terrain for you.
Your condition, speed, balance, body movements, alignment, and trajectory and maneuver difficulty will directly affect your desired outcome.
Know the intended use of the freestyle terrain you have chosen. For example, some features are intended to use in a series with no stopping, whereas some are intended to use individually with stopping areas; jump takeoffs are for jumping and rail takeoffs are for entering onto rails.
Your actions can take you out of balance and cause serious injury or death, no matter how the feature is designed or where you land. Land on your feet.
Transitions are changes in the shape and pitch of the snow or feature, or changes from one type of sliding surface to another. Transitions can be gentle or abrupt, and demand that users be alert and respond to them with accurate movements.
Know where to land. The SWEET SPOT is between the “knuckle” and center of the landing zone. Even if you land on or near the sweet spot, you can still be seriously injured or die if your landing posture is not correct.
Inverted maneuvers are not recommended.
Be aware that features change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
Read and obey all posted signs, instructions and warnings before using freestyle terrain.
Some resorts designate features as small, medium and large. Be aware these ratings are determined by size, not degree of difficulty, and are relative only to that resort.