A group ski trip to Colorado, New Mexico, or Utah can be an amazing opportunity for fun and bonding among the group. But to be sure that the trip is filled with plenty of oohs and ahs, and not so many uh-ohs, as the group leader you want to be sure that your group follows some basic safety procedures.
First, use the buddy system to maximize group ski trip safety.
It is always safest to ski with at least one other person. Ski resorts get crowded, particularly during peak times, but you can occasionally find yourself feeling a bit alone. The buddy system insures that if someone gets hurt, they have a back up. The buddies can also keep an eye on each other for signs of altitude sickness.
Within any group of skiers, there will be a variety of skill levels. These skill levels will fall on the spectrum from attacking the black diamonds with gusto to needing a few beginner lessons. So do your best to match up buddies based on skill level. This way no one will be left behind or, worse, feel the need to push their skill level in order to keep up.
Buddies can ski together on appropriate level slopes for their ability, and the whole group can meet up at a designated spot for lunch or apres ski to review the best runs of the day.
Second, make sure everyone has a map on them.
In case of injury on the slopes, the buddy can precisely mark the location of the injured person on their map and hand it off to someone to give to the ski patrol, or if no one else is around, go get ski patrol themselves. Phones are great to use in this case, but sometimes reception can be iffy. (And remind your group to keep phones somewhere water can’t penetrate, like in a ziploc inside a zippered pocket.)
Third, make sure all the skiers in your group are familiar with the Skier’s Responsibility Code.
Skiers who follow this code are safer and keep those around them safer. Some of the items may seem like common sense, but when you are learning a new skill, cold, looking for your friends, or turned around on the slopes, it can be easy to forget. A quick reminder of the rules of the snow road can make a big impact on your group ski trip safety.
Would you like to get a little more information about a group ski trip? Ski Daddy plans group ski trips for small and large groups to Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Go ahead and contact them for a little more information.