Your safety on the mountain is our highest priority at Purgatory Resort. Because there are some risks inherent to snowsports, we encourage you to educate yourself about the risks, and to adhere to responsible skier/rider conduct. Purgatory Mountain Patrol, Mountain Safety (Yellow Jackets) and Mountain Management enforce skier safety on Purgatory Mountain every day this season.
They can also answer any questions about mountain safety policies.
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.
In collaboration with Burton Snowboards and the NSAA, the Smart Style campaign provides safety messages for the youngest snowsports enthusiasts. The Smart Style program emphasizes rider responsibility and common sense, and overall terrain park safety. You’ll see Smart Style info, graphics and posters around the base area, on lift towers, and at entrances to terrain parks.
Make a plan
Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
Look before you leap
Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
Easy style it
Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended).
Respect gets respect
From the lift line through the park.
Lids on Kids
The NSAA and Purgatory Resort support the use of snowsports helmets.
Take a look around and you’ll notice that all Purgatory employees who are on the slopes are wearing helmets. All Purgatory Snowsports School children’s lessons have a mandatory helmet rule. In addition, we make helmets easy and affordable to rent along with equipment rentals.
For more information including research on helmet safety, visit Lids on Kids www.lidsonkids.org
Purgatory Ski Patrol Tips
- Ultra-violet rays are more severe at higher elevations. Protect your skin from the effects of the sun and keep in mind that the snow reflects the sun’s rays. Wear sunscreen rated at least 15 SPF or higher.
- Wear eye protection such as sunglasses or goggles. These should filter both UVA and UVB rays and be rated at 90%. Eyes can sunburn just like your skin, and the burn can be every bit as painful.
- Packed snow can be abrasive. We highly recommend wearing garments that cover your hands, arms and legs completely.
- Be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions.
- Dress in layers with your outer layer of clothing being of a water repellent fabric.
- Wear or carry a ski hat with you. Sixty percent of all body heat is lost out of the top of your head.
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. Your body’s tendency to dehydrate is greater at higher altitudes.
- On especially cold days, be aware of the potential for frostbite.
Purgatory Mountain Patrol, Mountain Safety (Yellow Jackets) and Mountain Management enforce skier safety on Purgatory Mountain every day this season. They can also answer any questions about mountain safety policies.
Learn more about safety on the mountain at www.nsaa.org.