In Australia, most on-slope accidents can occur on sunny days when people ski and ride faster or when the slopes and trails are more crowded. You can reduce the risk of injury by:

• Skiing & riding in control;

• Watching for other skiers and boarders, and;

• Staying on slopes and trails that are within your ability.

Most resorts have standardised trail markers (see below) which are colour coded to indicate the degree of difficulty. Free maps of runs and trails are also available from resort information offices.

Be careful in the morning and the late afternoon as the snow may be frozen. Do not assume that you will be able to ski or ride as well as you could the previous afternoon and always adjust your skiing and riding to the conditions.


Be aware of your skiing/boarding abilities and take note of ‘RUNS DIFFICULTY’ signage on the slopes. These runs ratings may differ from one resort to another, if new to the resort start easy, work up to your level of ability.

It is strongly recommend that any person trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time should do so under the supervision of an experienced instructor. Not only will this speed up your learning of the sport but it will give you a good idea of which areas are suited to your skill level.

Do not try to ski or ride on a slope that is beyond your ability as you will endanger yourself and other snow area users.

Alcohol & Drugs are fuel for disaster in the snow, they impair your judgement and your ability. Your reaction times are significantly reduced and increase the risk of injury. The whole alpine experience begins when you leave home and doesn’t finish until you return. Avoid alcohol consumption and the use of illegal substances, because they increase your risk of hypothermia.

Alcohol & Drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond to an emergency.