Ski California puts safety in the hands of skiers and drivers

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Five years after it originally launched, Ski California and its member resorts have released a new, digital version of the award-winning Mountain Safety Guide. The new Mountain Safety Guide is a tool designed to educate skiers and drivers on how to behave safely on the slopes and make good decisions. It is available at

The guide provides visitors with general safety guidelines used at member resorts in California and Nevada.

“We created the Mountain Safety Guide as a tool to teach skiers and riders how to be our safety partners,” said Michael Reitzell, President of Ski California. “We want our guests to have a great experience and in order to achieve that it is important to remind both new and experienced skiers and snowboarders of the risks involved in winter sports and their responsibilities, towards their abilities and their environment respect, think highly of.”

The guide provides safety information every guest should know—from what to do before skiing or driving, using lifts, understanding trail signs and navigating potential hazards, to learning deep snow and avalanche awareness. It also includes the nearly 60-year-old Your Responsibility Code, updated this year by the National Ski Areas Association to add new elements and make it more relevant for today’s skiers and drivers.

Designed to be visually appealing and easy to navigate, the new Mountain Safety Guide combines the use of resort photography, video and animation to help deliver simple, informative messages. A library of safety-related videos that Ski California has developed over the years to engage with skiers and riders on a variety of mountain safety topics is also woven into the guide.

To encourage skiers and drivers to become familiar with the guide, participants will take a short safety quiz and get at least 80% correct to win a 2023-24 Ski California Gold Pass (worth $3,750). Valid at all 35 Ski California member resorts, the Gold Pass offers unlimited resort access and is fully transferrable.

Origin Outside in Whistler, Canada developed the new Mountain Safety. The guide is endorsed by NSAA, Association of Professional Patrollers, National Ski Patrol, US Forest Service, American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Professional Ski Instructors of America, Sierra Avalanche Center, High Fives Foundation, Jones Snowboards, and Atomic.

For more information about Ski California and the Mountain Safety Guide, visit

Guests should also expect to find the guide via QR codes at their favorite resorts this winter.