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Safety & Risk Awareness

Fernie Alpine Resort


Skiing, snowboarding and other activities that take place at ski areas involve the risk of injury. The information contained in the Safety and Risk Awareness section of this website is intended to inform you of the risks, dangers and hazards that you may encounter at a ski area and help you to stay safe while enjoying these activities. Whether you are a participant in these activities or a parent or guardian of a minor participant, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Safety and Risk Awareness information on this website.

Emergency Line

Snow Patrol

If you require assistance from ski patrol on the mountain, dial 1 (250) 423-2426

Exclusion of Liability - Assumption of Risks

The use of ski area premises and facilities and participation in activities at ski areas involves various risks, dangers and hazards. It is a condition of your use of the premises and facilities and your participation in these activities that you assume all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract, or breach of any duty of care on the part of the ski area operator. Your legal responsibility as a user of the ski area premises and facilities or participant in activities at the ski area is explained in the following notice, which you will see posted at the ski area.

Skiing & Snow Boarding

Skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing (nordic) involves various risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to the following:

  • Boarding, riding and disembarking ski lifts;
  • Changing weather conditions;
  • Avalanches;
  • Exposed rock, earth, ice, and other natural objects;
  • Trees, tree wells, tree stumps and forest deadfall;
  • The condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface;
  • Variations in the terrain which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility;
  • Variations in the surface or sub-surface, including changes due to man-made or artificial snow;
  • Variable and difficult conditions;
  • 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;
  • Encounters with domestic and wild animals including dogs and bears;
  • Collision with other persons;
  • Loss of balance or control; slips, trips and falls;
  • Accidents during snow school lessons;
  • Negligent first aid;
  • Failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • Negligence of other persons; and NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE OPERATOR.

Alpine Responsibility Code

The Alpine Responsibility Code provides the basic rules of conduct and must be followed by all using the terrain, and is consistent across all Ski Areas of Western Canada.

  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/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
  6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
  8. Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
  9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the 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.

Ski Area Premises

Safety Signage

This sign is used for permanent or temporary closure of areas within the ski area. Avalanche Closures keep Employees and Guests out of harm’s way while active avalanche control is taking place or when the hazard is too high. Lift access privileges will be revoked for entering these areas when closed for control.



Runs may be closed for several reasons such as trees have fallen onto the run, ditches or holes have rendered the run unsafe, race or other events are taking place, or perhaps machinery is operating. Lift access privileges will be revoked for entering these areas when closed. Passes will be revoked for breach.

Ski Area Boundary - Not Patrolled

This sign indicates the edge of Fernie Alpine Resorts’ patrolled area. Skiing or riding outside the area boundary is strongly discouraged as the terrain is not avalanche controlled or patrolled and can be very remote.


Marginal Skiing

This sign identifies runs that have limited snow cover, but are still “skiable” with caution. May have exposed rocks, creeks, etc. Damage to your equipment is likely. Ski with care and prepare for the unexpected. If signs are out at the top or bottom of the lifts, this indicates that all or much of the area has unmarked hazards.


Marginal Skiing

Slow Zone banners and signs mark an area or areas of the mountain where many trails converge or skiing fast poses a risk of injury or collision. Failure to ski slowly and in control in the slow zones may result in lift privileges being revoked.