Terrain Park Safety
Whether you are new to the Terrain Park or more experienced, there are things you need to know when skiing or riding in the park. All snowboarders must have adequate leashes. There is a certain etiquette and extra safety measures that are needed to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable environment. Especially when the park gets crowded.
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Clear out the Landing Zones!
If there is one thing that we would like to stress at Nashoba Parks, it's to move out of the landing zones. Staying in a landing zone and even it's run-out can be very dangerous.
If you fall on a landing: Pick up your gear and move quickly to the side of the trail or away from the jump or feature while looking up hill.
If you are hurt: Get someone to stand on the jump or feature and divert traffic. By making an 'X' with your arms over your head, it will signal to other riders that there is someone down on the landing. Have another person either find a lift attendant, park staffer, or ski patrol and let them know that someone is hurt and where they are hurt.
Remember, there are people coming through the park at a high rate of speed. They may not see you until it's too late. Always stay aware of uphill traffic to avoid collisions.
Responsibility CodeAlthough the Terrain Park has it's own safety and etiquette, all skiers and riders should know and abide by the Responsibility Code.
Your Responsibility Code
Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
Know the code. It's your responsibility.
Helmets can make a difference in reducing or preventing injury from falls or other impacts. They are most effective at slower speeds. Be sure to have your child properly fitted for a helmet and don’t forget to teach your child to ski or snowboard responsibly and to be familiar with the “Your Responsibility Code,” the seven safety rules of the slopes.
Ski and snowboard helmets are specifically designed for skiing and snowboarding usage. Wearing another sport’s helmet, such as a bicycle helmet, may or may not afford you adequate protection.
Helmets do have limits and users need to be aware of them. However, a helmet can make a difference in reducing or preventing injury and many skiers and snowboarders today are choosing to wear them. Helmets are designed to reduce the severity of head injuries, but they are most effective at providing protection from a direct blow to the head at speeds under 14 mph. Keep in mind, if you lose control and hit a tree, object or another skier at moderate or high speed, a helmet may not prevent or reduce a serious injury. It’s important not to take more risks because you are wearing a helmet. Whether wearing a helmet or not, you should always ski responsibly and within your ability.
A helmet can make a difference in reducing or preventing injury and many skiers and snowboarders today are choosing to wear them. Keep in mind, if you lose control and should hit a tree, rock, another object or another skier at moderate or high speed, a helmet may not always prevent or reduce a serious injury. It’s best not to put yourself in a situation where you’re depending on a helmet to avoid an injury.
When purchasing a helmet, read the accompanying literature to see if the helmet meets one of the three following helmet standards:
Several factors affect the price of a helmet, including: materials, design, graphics and temperature maintenance systems. It’s recommended that your helmet meets the ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) standard. The fit of the helmet is very important with regard to its providing the appropriate protection.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area rents helmets at the Ski Area Rental Shop and at the Snow Tubing Park. Renting a helmet prior to purchasing one is a matter of personal choice. The benefit would be that renting a helmet would give you a feel and understanding of a manufacturer’s helmet’s performance features, as well as allowing you to make your own distinctions about the benefits.
Skiing and snowboarding have always had some risks, but they also have an excellent safety record. Skiers and snowboarders have less than a one in a million chance of being seriously injured or dying on the slopes. Serious head injuries account for only 2.6 percent of overall skiing/snowboarding injuries. Each skier or snowboarder’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sports as does any piece of equipment. Following “Your Responsibility Code” is the key to promoting your and others’ safety. If you choose to wear a helmet or use other types of equipment to protect yourself, be sure you understand the limits and proper use of that equipment. Don’t let safety equipment give you a false sense of security.
The most important consideration when purchasing a helmet is the fit. A helmet is not a piece of equipment that you want to purchase too small or too large to grow into. If a helmet doesn’t fit correctly, it may not perform to its ability in the event of an accident. When shopping for a helmet, bring along your goggles, or borrow pair that matches your own from the shop. Make sure your entire forehead (above eyebrows to hairline) is covered by your helmet or goggles, because if there’s a gap on your forehead between your helmet and your goggles, this exposed area can get cold and wet on snowy days. Unlike a hat, a helmet can’t be amended or “pushed down” to keep your forehead warm. Look for a helmet that is engineered to work well with goggles or provides its own integrated goggles. It’s important for a helmet to work with goggles and glasses to maintain vision, airflow and comfort. Lastly, make sure the helmet conforms to a ski/snowboard helmet standard (Common European Norm, American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and/or Snell.) Ask an experienced ski shop associate to assist you to identify the best brand for your head shape and confirm a proper fit.
A helmet designed for recreational snowsports. There are a variety of helmets available that conform to the newly adopted American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard F2040. It is important that any helmet be properly fitted. Read the helmet manufacturer’s information and learn about what level of protection a particular helmet will provide. All models are not the same and do not provide the same level of protection.
Your child should be familiar with and/or memorize the “Your Responsibility Code,” the seven rules of slope safety. Slope safety and personal responsibility should be discussed prior to hitting the slopes.
A helmet can make a difference in reducing or preventing a head injury from a fall or other impacts. However, no helmet can protect the wearer against all foreseeable impacts and injuries to the head. Emphasize to your child to “use their head and ski and/or snowboard responsibly.”
A helmet’s fit is most important. It’s helpful to have an experienced sales person assist your child with fit. Know your child’s head circumference. You can learn this by using a tailor’s measuring tape and measure your child’s head above the ears and right above the eyebrows (widest part of the head from the front to the back). A properly fit helmet will be comfortable with no pressure points. A helmet is not an item that you want to grow into.
When shopping for a helmet, bring your goggles with you to make sure they will fit with the helmet you choose.
When buying a helmet consider choosing one that meets the ASTM 2040 standard. This should be printed on the helmet’s literature.
Several factors that affect a helmet’s price include graphics, weight, style, etc.
Enroll your child in ski school because they will master the sport more easily with instruction and learn great habits early on.