Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular winter sports for enthusiasts of all ages. Whether you are just a beginner or an expert, a skier or a rider (snowboarder), a day on the slopes is very exciting. It can also be intimidating for anyone who is just learning. This booklet will guide you through some of the key areas of preparing yourself for your trip to a ski area. There are many things to remember when preparing for your school trip. While the day will be fun, there are also some rules that must be followed. The rules are in place for a reason, primarily safety of yourself and others. The ski area staff wants you to enjoy yourself, and also want you to be safe. Make sure you read this booklet to learn about mountain etiquette, safety tips, and important mountain signage. Upon arrival, mountain staff will be on hand to assist you with all aspects of your ski trip including equipment rentals, lift tickets, lessons, and general instructions. If you require assistance, look for a staff member of the ski area, and follow the directions provided. Once you are on the slopes, always be aware of fellow skiers and riders in order to avoid collisions. Know your limits. All runs, as well as the terrain park, are marked with the level of expertise required. Don’t bow to peer pressure and attempt a run or jump that is beyond your ability. Make sure you know what expertise level the run is marked for and only go into the areas that are within your ability. Remember that respect is key at the ski area – for the mountain, your teacher and fellow students, mountain staff and other skiers/riders. We hope that you will have a safe and wonderful school ski trip!
Most of our school program groups arrive by bus. Review our arrival procedures for skiers & snowboarders or snow tubers and snowshoers to ensure a quick and easy arrival process for you and your students. Not arriving by bus? Please have a rendez-vous area with your students & parent helpers on the second floor of the chalet.
Do you have the following?
Signed copy of Snow Valley Consent form for all students
Tickets Teacher/supervisor proceed to the Snow School Desk in the main lobby with Confirmation Sheet & copies of the Snow Valley Consent forms to obtain tickets. Students must affix their lift tickets prior to departing the bus.
Procedure & Safety Talk Snow Valley staff board buses to explain important organizational and safety procedures.
Departing the Bus School enters the chalet as a group using the School/Group Entrance. Schools not arriving by bus affix lift tickets prior to entering the rental area as a group with their school coordinators. Non-renters please leave equipment outside, and place bags in the Picnic Room.
Rental Shop Snow Valley staff and teachers/supervisors take students renting equipment to the Guest Service area for instruction and a short explanation of the rental procedure before getting equipment. Students renting will need to know their weight/height/age. Assign Teacher/Supervisor to equipment sign-out desks to record equipment rentals. They’ll require your Rental Lists.
Personal Effects Coin lockers and storage bunks are in the rental shop. We highly recommend storing valuable materials including expensive shoes in our coin lockers. Snow Valley is not responsible for any missing personal effects.
Stripe Testing & Lessons Skiers and Snowboarders take a “Stripe Test.” Beginner students start lessons immediately after leaving the rental shop. Novice to Advanced students are informed of lesson times and meeting place on the bus and at the “Stripe Test.” Teachers/On Hill Supervisors need to sign Exclusion of Liability-Assumption of Risk form at the Snow School Desk to receive an Orange Stripe
Please notify Canyon as soon as possible about any changes in the booking (e.g., the number of students, etc.) so that the hill can adjust its staffing requirements. Please notify Canyon 24 hours in advance if the field trip is being postponed and rescheduled for a later date due to weather concerns (e.g., the temperature is expected to be colder than –25C). Last minute changes are possible based on “sudden and unexpected” weather changes.
Supervision Students MUST be supervised at all times, on the hill and in the lodge. Canyon Ski Resort recommends a ratio of 1:10; 1 supervisor for every 10 students. Complimentary passes and rentals are given for every ten (10) paying participants. For instance, if you bring a group of forty (40) students, you would receive four (4) free supervisor area passes and rentals for SUPERVISORS only. Additional supervisors pay the discounted group rate price.
All available supervisors should assist with rentals, lift ticket distribution, and escorting the group around the area. Supervisors should receive the area pass after students/group members. Supervisors, volunteers, helpers and parents must receive their pass from the coordinator or teacher. At least one supervisor will be required in the rental shop to record equipment information from their students. Once all students are finished in the rental shop, supervisors should help the instructors at the snow school meeting place in dividing the students accordingly into lesson groups etc. It is important to have at least one supervisor to provide assistance at equipment return and bus loading.
NOTE: Supervisors wishing to ski or snowboard must be competent on any of Mansfield Ski Club terrain and lifts. Chaperones who are beginners cannot properly monitor the activities of the children while out on the slopes.
RETURN OF EQUIPMENT & TIDY UP: Students will return all rental equipment to the Winter Activity Centre. Equipment will be verified prior to a school’s departure to ensure all items have been returned. Teachers and Supervisors should be in the Winter Activity Centre to assist students in returning their equipment. Please tidy up your area in the Chalet before you leave. A clean up fee of $250 will be charged to any group who leaves a mess.
SAFETY If a student is injured, he/she will be taken by the Ski Patrol to the Ski Patrol Building at the bottom of the hill. Please ensure that there is at least one supervisor in the Main Chalet in the event of an injury. We request that you bring one supervisor with their own transportation in case they are needed to drive to our Ski Patrol Building to pick up a student or transport someone to hospital. We cannot allow a student to leave the Ski Patrol Building without signed permission from a school representative, or a guardian. Mansfield Ski Club provides rental helmets for all participants. Helmets and wrist guards are recommended for all participants especially beginners. Students wishing to try snowboarding for the first time should keep in mind that it is a very physical and demanding sport. Note: Helmets are mandatory for all Terrain Park use. If students bring their own snowboards, the boards must have metal edges and retention straps. Retention straps (leashes) are available for purchase at our Pro Shop in the Winter Activity Centre. We do not rent snow blades to school group participants. Prior notification of any students with special needs would be greatly appreciated so that we may provide a positive experience for all your participants. If required, one on one instruction is available at a cost of $75/ hour or $135/ 2 hour.
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
If you are involved in or witness a collision/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.
You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
Know the Code – Be Safety Conscious! It is your responsibility.