Tips for Ski Safety

  • Always tell someone where you are going and how long you plan to be gone. Use registration boards where provided.
  • Weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. Before heading out, get an updated weather and avalanche report from the Forest Service or other appropriate agency. A topographic map and compass are recommended for unmarked trails.
  • Don't go alone - and make sure that you and your partner or group are able to meet any conditions that may arise.
  • Skiing over frozen lakes and rivers may be hazardous and is not recommended and is at your own risk!
  • Be prepared with the proper clothing by dressing in layers. If you get warm, take off the top layer. When you stop, put it back on. By controlling your body temperature you will be comfortable and avoid hypothermia.
  • Hypothermia is a rapid and progressive mental and physical collapse resulting from lowering the inner temperature of the human body. Hypothermia can cause death. Prevent it with proper clothing, food and water. Avoid overexertion, eating snow or drinking alcohol.
  • Frostbite is caused by exposure of flesh to subfreezing temperatures and can be a precursor to hypothermia. If it is cold enough to freeze flesh, you should reconsider your ski trip.
  • Are you physically fit? Make each trip a comfortable and fun excursion. Don't go so far you struggle to get back.
  • Questions? Contact the Forest Service.