Roundtop Mountain Resort and the Safety Department are dedicated to offering skiers and boarders a safe and fun environment. By understanding and following the Responsibility Code, Smart Style, and Ski Roundtop’s Etiquette and Behavior Code, you can help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our guest too.
Your Responsibility Code
The Roundtop Mountain Resort Safety Department is committed to promoting skier/rider safety. Ski slopes can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, telemark, cross-country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
1. Always stay in control and 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. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always s use devices to help prevent run-away equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
KNOW THE CODE - IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious! Violation of this code can lead to loss of lift ticket without warning and without refund. You can be held legally liable for your actions.
Know the Symbols
Take a few minutes to check out the lifts and trails marked on the trail maps. The colored symbols located on the trails indicate the difficulty of the trail. You will also find them posted on signs on the mountain.
Easiest More Difficult Most Difficult Extremely Difficult Freestyle Terrain
Before you ride a lift, make sure the trail symbols off of that lift fit your ability. Some skiers/boarders think they can improve by skiing/riding tough terrain when their skills aren’t up to that level, but that’s a good way to get hurt. To improve quickly, take a lesson. If you have any questions or need directions, talk with anyone in a Roundtop uniform
Freestyle Terrain Areas
are designated with an orange oval and may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. You assume the risk. You are responsible for inspecting Freestyle Terrain before initial use and throughout the day. The features vary in size and change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Do not jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary.
Terrain Park Safety Quiz
Take our short Terrain Park Safety Quiz and in addition to playing it safe, you'll earn discounts for many of our park events. Select here to begin.
At Roundtop Mountain Resort we have adopted the Burton Smart Style Program for all of our Freestyle Terrain so we ask that you familiarize yourself with and follow the three elements of Smart Style: Freestyle Terrain has designations for size. Start small and work your way up. Designations are relative to this ski area.
MAKE A PLAN
Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use.
Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
- Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings
- Scope around the jumps first not over them
- Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain
- Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day
- Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary
EASY STYLE IT
- Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level
- Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up
- Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air
- Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely
- Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not permitted
RESPECT GETS RESPECT
- Respect the terrain and others
- One person on a feature at a time
- Wait your turn and call your start
- Always clear the landing area quickly
- Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features
ATML - Method
Each 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 runout beyond it.
Roundtop Mountain Resort Etiquette and Behavior Code
1. Be courteous and respect others.
2. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
3. When walking or climbing always keep to the side of the slope.
4. Do not sit or otherwise obstruct any area of the slope.
5. Do not build or modify any terrain feature.
6. Do not bring skis, boards or poles into the lodge; use ski check or ski/board racks.
7. Unsafe actions will not be tolerated.
Slow Ski/Ride Areas
At Roundtop Mountain Resort, certain areas are designated as SLOW SKI/RIDE AREAS. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing will not be tolerated.Please observe these areas and refrain from engaging in un-safe behaviors at all times.
Knowledge for Your Noggin
Snowsports helmets can make a difference in reducing or preventing injury and many skiers and boarders today are choosing to wear them. Parents, skiers, and boarders should educate themselves about the benefits, limitations, and proper fitting of helmets. Helmets can be rented in the rental shop. Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear a helmet, every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities. For more information on helmets, visit LidsOnKids.org.
The Safety department is made up of these three groups
Roundtop Mountain Resort Ski Patrol; our patrollers provide first-class rescue and emergency care services to our guests who are injured or become ill while visiting Ski Roundtop. All patrollers are active members of the National Ski Patrol, and hold current certifications in Outdoor Emergency Care and CPR. The Roundtop Mountain Resort Ski Patrol strives to provide a safe and fun environment for our guests. You can spot a Roundtop Ski Patroller on the mountain by his or her red and black parka with the distinctive white cross on the back.
Our Mountain Safety Team has been steadily growing and improving in the past years. You can’t miss these dedicated volunteers in their bright yellow and black jackets as they work to keep our area to provide an environment that is safe and fun for our guests and staff. You might find them assisting the patrol with crowd control at an accident site, or educating snow sport safety on the slopes.
The Park and Pipe Crew is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the features in the terrain parks and the half pipes. Crew members can be spotted in orange jackets with black Park and Pipe Crew on the back, assisting our guests to assure that the terrain parks and pipe are challenging and fun, but above all else, Safe.
Roundtop’s Safety Department also has their own tips for you.
- Your Safety is Your Responsibility. Take accountability for your own actions while on the mountain. Know where you’re going, and respect the other slope users.
- Respect all trail closures! Just because the terrain on the other side of the closure seems to be calling, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. Closures are there for a reason.
- Real riders know that Terrain Park Etiquette and Safety matters. For more info check out park entrances.
- DRINK, DRINK, DRINK and we mean LOTS of water. Make your day last longer and stay hydrated.
- Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
- How do you define your 360? When you’re on the hill 360 means knowing what’s happening all around you. Keep your eyes on the terrain ahead, behind and as well as all around you.
- Your gear- your responsibility. Drop by our shop to check your bindings, tune your equipment and make sure your brakes are in order.
- Prior to hitting the slopes each day, make a plan. Establish a meeting place for you and your buddies.
- Know Your Responsibility Code: they are the rules of the road.
- If you come upon an injury on the slopes, mark the accident by placing a pair of skis or standing above the site to provide warning to others approaching. Do not move the injured person and send someone to contact the patrol with the location. Skiers and riders involved in the accident may not leave the accident site until released by a Ski Roundtop Ski Patroller or a Mountain Safety Staff member.
- Please report all injuries to the Roundtop Mountain Resort Ski Patrol located in the Bobst building at the base of the Minuteman slope, before leaving the area.