Skiing/Snowboarding - Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

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RENTAL EQUIPMENT (see below for more info)

Bindings on equipment reduce the risk of injury when falling. They will not release under all circumstances and they do not guarantee safety in all cases. Parents must accept responsibility for equipment that is lost or damaged (other than reasonable wear and tear). 



The Ontario Snow Resorts Association has produced an Alpine/Cross Country Responsibility Code which the named ski area Blue Mountain Resort and the named school board Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board requires that you know and obey. 

Skiers/snowboarders must always ski/snowboard in control and be able to stop and change direction to avoid collisions with people or objects. The named ski area Blue Mountain Resort may revoke a lift ticket for violation of the code or other unacceptable conduct. 

With the exception of Cross Country / Snowshoeing, all Alpine participants must wear an appropriate snow sport helmet for school excursions to OSRA member facilities. OSBIE recommends that all schools adopt a mandatory snow sport helmet policy regardless of ski facility locations. (Helmets are mandatory at Blue Mountain)



This signed form is required for all students who wish to participate in this outdoor recreation and snow sport education program. It should be understood that the purpose of this excursion is educational. Lessons are mandatory.


INHERENT RISK (see below for more info)

Skiing/Snowboarding/other is a sport with physical demands and inherent risks which are beyond the control of Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and ski area Blue Mountain Resort.

The inherent risks include, but are not limited to: falling; use of lifts; collision with natural or man-made objects or other persons; changing weather conditions; changes or variations in the terrain or surface; exposed rocks, earth or ice; travel beyond the trail boundaries. Incidents may occur which result in serious injury or death. Participants must assume the inherent risks of the sport. 

It is strongly recommended by the Ontario Snow Resorts Association that you visit their website: to review the complete OSBIE document and safety information on this site prior to your school visit. Following all rules and procedures can reduce the risk of injury. Failure to follow the rules will result in the student losing their lift ticket and future resort privileges. 

We have read and understood the above information, and agree to the regulations as outlined by the Ontario Snow Resort member Ski Area. I give my son/daughter permission to participate in the above noted activity at the ski area indicated.


Ability Reference

Non Skier or Non Snowboarder   

First time skiing/snowboarding. Individual has never skied or snowboarded before.


The student has skied or snowboarded once or twice or a few times per year and has experienced and maintained control on a number of novice hills of varying difficulty. He/she is able to stop and turn both directions with some success. They are comfortable on green/beginner and some blue/intermediate slopes. May need assistance with getting on or off the lifts.




The student has skied or snowboarded on many occasions and has experienced a variety of hills and different ski areas. He/she can turn and stop under control using recognized formal techniques. They can ski/board with confidence on blue slopes and possibly some black/advanced slopes.


The student is an experienced and competent skier or snowboarder. He/she has received formal instruction, knows and understands the Alpine Responsibility Code and can demonstrate ability at an advanced level. Such students can be called upon to assist supervisors.





Assumption of inherent risks or injury and your responsibility

 Skiing/snowboarding is a physical sport in a winter environment. Risks of serious injury are inherent in the sport. This requires your constant exercise of caution and prudent judgment.

 Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other recreational activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards, including but not limited to: boarding, riding and disembarking lifts; changing weather conditions; exposed rock, earth, ice and other natural objects; trees, tree wells, tree stumps and forest dead fall; the condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface; changes or variations in the terrain, and the operation of snowmaking equipment, which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility; changes or variations in the surface or sub-surface, including changes due to man-made or artificial snow; variable and difficult snow conditions, including moguls and snowmaking mounds; streams, creeks and exposed holes in the snow pack above streams or creeks; cliffs; crevasses; snowcat roads, road-banks or cut-banks; collision with lift towers, fences, snow making equipment, snow grooming equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles or other vehicles, equipment or structures; collision with natural or man-made objects; collision with skiers, snowboarders or other persons; the failure to ski, snowboard or snowshoe safely or within one’s own ability or within designated areas; falls as a result of features in or out of freestyle terrain and maneuvers I may carry out on such features; falls while in lessons; slipping, tripping, falling, including falling through thin or cracked ice or holes in ice; misuse of, condition of and hidden defects in the equipment; possibility of drowning, exhaustion, fatigue or over-exposure to cold; negligence of other skiers, snowboarders and other persons; and NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE RELEASEES, INCLUDING THE FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE RELEASEES TO SAFEGUARD OR PROTECT ME FROM THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS OF SKIING, SNOWBOARDING AND SNOWSHOEING. I am also aware that the risks, dangers and hazards referred to above exist throughout the ski area and many are unmarked.

 Changing conditions

Weather conditions and patterns of skier/snowboarding traffic all affect the snow surface, sometimes making skiing/snowboarding more difficult. Always be alert to snow conditions and vary your skiing/snowboarding accordingly. Only you can judge your ability to ski/snowboard a particular run at any given time in control.

Snow depth and subsurface

Snow depth changes constantly and is not consistent at all points on the mountain. The underlying mountain surface is rough and uneven, therefore you must be alert for rocks, brush, bare spots and similar obstacles that may emerge through the snow at any time.

Natural and manmade obstacles

There are many necessary natural and manmade obstacles, such as lift towers, signs, fencing, snowmaking equipment, over-snow vehicles, gullies, streams and trees, both on and off ski/snowboard runs, which may cause serious injuries if you were to strike them. The only way to reduce the risk of collisions is to ski/snowboard in control and to stay clear of all fixed or moving obstacles. Avoid skiing/snowboarding at high speed. Skiing/snowboarding at a fast rate of speed reduces your reaction time.

Other skiers/snowboarders

Be alert that other skiers/snowboarders may lose control at any time. Exercise greater caution when a run is crowded. Give others room to maneuver. Follow the Alpine Responsibility Code.


All equipment should fit properly and be in good repair.

Ski - The ski boot/binding system will not release at all times or under all circumstances and it is not possible to predict every situation in which the system will release. The system does not guarantee prevention of injuries

Snowboard – The snowboard boot/binding system is not designed or intended to release and will not release under normal circumstances. The system will not reduce the risk of injury during a fall.

Helmet – helmets are intended to help reduce the risk of some head injuries, however cannot completely eliminate or prevent this risk. Helmets do not prevent traumatic head injury or injury to the wearer’s face, neck or spinal cord.

Skiing/snowboarding in control

Any skiing/snowboarding may result in injury. Ski/snowboard with moderate speed, caution and respect for others. Respect all signs, markings, flagging and closures. They are there for your safety.





Drone Policy

The use of commercial drones is only permitted with the express written consent of Blue Mountain Resort. The use of any personal drones is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy may result in a warning, eviction from the property or being charged with trespassing.


There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.

1 Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

2 People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

3 Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.

4 Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

5 If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.

6 You must use proper devices to prevent runaway equipment.

7 Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.

8 Keep off closed trails and closed areas.

9 You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.

10 You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant

11 Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s activities on ski area property.

12 Avoid going through Ski and Snowboard classes. The same goes for race courses, unless you are a participant.


Be safety conscious


Be aware of changing conditions. Natural and man made obstacles exist. Snowmaking and grooming activities are continually in progress. Use caution and ski /snowboard only on designated slopes or trails. Everyone should realize that falls and collisions do occur and injuries may result and therefore, assume the burden of being in control at all times.


To help maintain courteous skiing and snowboarding at the resort, certain Blue Mountain personnel, patrollers, mountain safety and lift operators have been given the authority to warn skiers and snowboarders, and if necessary, remove their lift tickets or Season passes for the following reasons:

1 Reckless skiing/snowboarding, high speed skiing/snowboarding, jumping or tucking (skiing/snowboarding out of control or straight down the hill in a crouch). When skiing/snowboarding downhill you must avoid the skiers, trail groomers, maintenance vehicles or objects below you.

2 Skiing/snowboarding out of bounds (skiing/snowboarding on closed trails or on trails that are not lit during night skiing/snowboarding).

3 Bouncing the chair or skiing/snowboarding out of the tracks on a surface lift (this could derail the cable).

4 Impaired (use of alcohol or drugs) or carrying a wine skin.

5 Abusive language (swearing and cursing).

6 Fraudulent use of tickets or of a Season Pass. This is a criminal offence that may include a police investigation.

7 Jumping out of a chair before the unloading area (this could derail the cable).


1st Violation:

Day skiers will have their tickets marked or removed. Season Pass holder will have their passes marked or removed for a minimum of 24 hours and must pick up their pass at Village Guest Services.

2nd Violation:

Season Pass holders will lose their pass for a minimum of 7 days and will have to pick up their pass at Village Guest Services.

Further Violations or Violations of #6 or #7 – Ticket Removal Policy

 Season Pass will be revoked without a refund


Blue Mountain has the following Freestyle Terrain areas: Grove Terrain Park, L-Park Terrain Park and the controlled access Badlands Terrain Park. Note: school groups will not be permitted in the controlled access Badlands Terrain Park.

Freestyle Terrain Rules

1. This area has been designated and constructed as Freestyle Terrain for advanced riders and skiers only.

2. There are many elements to maneuver over and around.

3. Inspect the elements and terrain, their risks and degree of difficulty before participating.

4. Use freestyle terrain within your ability.

5. Do not jump blindly; use spotters- Look before you leap!

6. Obey the Alpine Responsibility Code at all times

7. Helmets are required


By using Freestyle Terrain you are assuming the risk of all such injuries. 

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