Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) advocates education, helmet use, respect, and common sense as very important components when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed “Your Responsibility Code” to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.  It's your responsibility to know the code!

Your Responsibility Code

  1.  Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
  2.  People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
  3.  Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
  4.  Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
  5.  You must prevent runaway equipment.
  6.  Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
  7.  Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  8.  You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
  9.  Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  10.  If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.

Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. If you need help understanding the Code, please ask any ski area employee.


  1. Mantén siempre el control. Debes ser capaz de detener o evitar personas u objetos.
  2. Las personas que están por delante o cuesta abajo de ti tienen el derecho de paso. Debes evitarlos.
  3. Deténgase solo donde sea visible desde arriba y no restrinja el tráfico.
  4. Mira cuesta arriba y evita a los demás antes de comenzar cuesta abajo o entrar en un sendero.
  5. Evite olvidar o perder equipo.
  6. Lea y obedezca todas las señalizaciones, advertencias y marcas de peligro.
  7. Manténgase alejado de los senderos cerrados y lejos de las areas cerradas.
  8. Debe saber cómo, y ser capaz de cargar, montar y descargar telesillas de forma segura. Si necesita ayuda, pregúntele al asistente de la telesilla.
  9. No utilice telesillas o terreno cuando esté bajo la influencia de alcohol o drogas.
  10. Si está involucrado en una colisión o incidente, comparta su información de contacto entre sí y con un empleado.

Conozca y obedezca el código. Es su responsabilidad. Si necesita ayuda para entender el código, por favor pregunte a cualquier empleado del área de esquí.

Mountain Explorers

Helpful Tips for Beginners

  • Beginner's Guide to Skiing - watch
  • Beginner's Guide to Snowboarding - watch
  • How to Unload the Chair Lift - watch
  • Ski Tips for Kids - read
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America - read
  • Association of Snowboard Instructors - read

While these videos are helpful, taking lessons from professional instructors is always best.  Learn more about the Berkshire East Ski School here.

Become familiar with signs like the ones below near lifts, Magic Carpets, trails, and around the resort.  

Berkshire East Winter Map
Know the Code

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