As a member of the National Ski Area Association with athletes participating in a range of snow sports, the ASC Training Center is a strong advocate for safety on the slopes, trails, and biathlon range.
We encourage athletes, parents, citizen racers, and the general public to learn about their responsibilities while participating in Alpine, Biathlon, Nordic, or Snowboard disciplines.
Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of our sport. However, if you decide to leave the groomed trails you are voluntarily accepting the risk of a deep snow immersion accident. A deep snow, or tree well immersion accident occurs when a skier or rider falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized and suffocates. Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as a SIS hazards or Snow Immersion Suffocation (NSAA).
Like NSAA, ASC Training Center views using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner as one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment from helmet to chair lift.
We join NSAA in promoting the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet – but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. We believe, like NSAA does, that skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner – not helmets only – is the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.
SEVEN POINTS TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE:
Biathletes at ASC Training Center engage in rigorous safety training prior to being certified to use the Biathlon range. Novice Biathletes of all ages are required to attend an Introduction to Biathlon clinic, which is focused on gun and range safety procedures, prior to joining any ASC Biathlon program.