SPECIAL WINTER EXCURSION FORM / PARENTAL CONSENT

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APPENDIX 1a

  • NOTE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS:

    This note, Appendix 1a, must accompany the Special Winter Excursion Form / Parental Consent, Appendix 1b.

    It is suggested that Appendix 1a be attached to the reverse side of Appendix 1b for distribution to parents.
  • This is an Important document.
    Please take it to someone who can explain it to you.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Parent / Guardian
  • Request for Student

APPENDIX 1b

  • Participant

  • Non Skier or
    Non Snowboarder
    First time skiing/snowboarding. Individual has never skied or snowboarded before.
    BeginnerThe student has skied or snowboarded once or twice or a few times per year and has experienced and maintained control on a number of novice hills of varying difficulty. He/she is able to stop and turn both directions with some success. They are comfortable on green/beginner and some blue/intermediate slopes. May need assistance with getting on or off the lifts.
    IntermediateThe student has skied or snowboarded on many occasions and has experienced a variety of hills and different ski areas.He/she can turn and stop under control using recognized formal techniques. They can ski /board with confidence on blue slopes and possibly some black/advanced slopes.
    AdvancedThe student is an experienced and competent skier or snowboarder. He/she has received formal instruction, knows and understands the Alpine Responsibility Code and can demonstrate ability at an advanced level. Such students can be called upon to assist supervisors.
  • RENTAL EQUIPMENT 
    Bindings on equipment reduce the risk of injury when falling. They will not release under all circumstances and they do not guarantee safety in all cases. Parents must accept responsibility for equipment that is lost or damaged (other than reasonable wear and tear).
  • ALPINE RESPONSIBILITY CODE
    The Ontario Snow Resorts Association has produced an Alpine Responsibility Code which the named ski area Blue Mountain Resort and the named school board requires that you know and obey.
    Skiers/snowboarders must always ski/snowboard in control and be able to stop and change direction to avoid collisions with people or objects.
    The named ski area Blue Mountain Resort may revoke a lift ticket for violation of the code or other unacceptable conduct.
    With the exception of Cross Country/Snowshoeing, all Alpine participants must wear an appropriate snow sport helmet for school excursions to OSRA member facilities. OSBIE recommends that schools adopt a mandatory snow sport helmet policy regardless of ski locations.
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT / INFORMED CONSENT

    This signed form is required for all students who wish to participate in this outdoor recreation and snow sport education program. It should be understood that the purpose of this excursion is educational. Lessons are mandatory.

    INHERENT RISK

    Skiing/Snowboarding/other is a sport with physical demands and inherent risks which are beyond the control

    of  and Blue Mountain Resort

    The inherent risks include, but are not limited to: falling; use of lifts; collision with natural or man -made objects or other persons; changing weather conditions; changes or variations in the terrain or surface; exposed rocks, earth or ice; travel beyond the trail boundaries. Incidents may occur which result in serious injury or death. Participants must assume the inherent risks of the sport.It is strongly recommended by the Ontario Snow Resorts Association that you visit their website: www.skiontario.ca to review the complete OSBIE document and safety information on this site prior to your school visit. Following all rules and procedures can reduce the risk of injury. Failure to follow the rules will result in the student losing their lift ticket and future resort privileges.

    We have read and understood the above information, and agree to the regulations as outlined by the Ontario Snow Resort member Ski Area. I give my son/daughter permission to participate in the above noted activity at the ski area indicated.


  • Parent/Guardian
  • Date captured on form submission

SKI/SNOWBOARD INFORMATION



  • IMPORTANT SKI/SNOWBOARD INFORMATION

    Assumption of inherent risks or injury and your responsibility
    Skiing/snowboarding is a physical sport in a winter environment. Risks of serious injury are inherent in the sport.
    This requires your constant exercise of caution and prudent judgment.

    Changing conditions
    Weather conditions and patterns of skier/snowboarding traffic all affect the snow surface, sometimes making skiing/snowboarding more difficult. Always be alert to snow conditions and vary your skiing/snowboarding accordingly. Only you can judge your ability to ski/snowboard a particular run at any given time in control.

    Snow depth and subsurface
    Snow depth changes constantly and is not consistent at all points on the mountain. The underlying mountain surface is rough and uneven, therefore you must be alert for rocks, brush, bare spots and similar obstacles that may emerge through the snow at any time.

    Natural and manmade obstacles
    There are many necessary natural and manmade obstacles, such as lift towers, signs, fencing, snowmaking equipment, over-snow vehicles, gullies, streams and trees, both on and off ski/snowboard runs, which may cause serious injuries if you were to strike them. The only way to reduce the risk of collisions is to  ski/snowboard in control and to stay clear of all fixed or moving obstacles. Avoid skiing/snowboarding at high speed.
    Skiing/snowboarding at a fast rate of speed reduces your reaction time.

    Other skiers/snowboarders
    Be alert that other skiers/snowboarders may lose control at any time. Exercise greater caution when a run is crowded. Give others room to maneuver. Follow the Alpine Responsibility Code.

    Equipment
    All equipment should fit properly and be in good repair.
    Ski - The ski boot/binding system will not release at all times or under all circumstances and it is not possible to predict every situation in which the system will release. The system does not guarantee prevention of injuries
    Snowboard – The snowboard boot/binding system is not designed or intended to release and will not release under normal circumstances. The system will not reduce the risk of injury during a fall.
    Helmet – helmets are intended to help reduce the risk of some head injuries, however cannot completely eliminate or prevent this risk. Helmets do not prevent traumatic head injury or injury to the wearer’s face, neck or spinal cord.

    Skiing/snowboarding in control
    Any skiing/snowboarding may result in injury. Ski/snowboard with moderate speed, caution and respect for others. Respect all signs, markings, flagging and closures. They are there for your safety.

    IRRESPONSIBLE SKIING/SNOWBOARDING IS ENDANGERING THE FUTURE OF THIS SPORT. PLEASE HELP US REDUCE THE RISK AND MAKE SKIING/SNOWBOARDING MORE ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYONE.

    BY PURCHASING A TICKET AT THIS RESORT YOU AGREE TO ASSUME THE INHERENT RISKS OF INJURY AND TO SKI/SNOWBOARD RESPONSIBILY.

    RECKLESS SKIERS/SNOWBOARDERS WILL LOSE THEIR SKIING/SNOWBOARDING PRIVILEGES.

    DRONE POLICY
    The use of commercial drones is only permitted with the express written consent of Blue Mountain Resort. The use of any personal drones is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy may result in a warning, eviction from the property or being charged with trespassing. 

    ALPINE RESPONSIBILITY CODE
    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.

    1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
    2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
    3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
    4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
    5. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
    6. You must use proper devices to prevent runaway equipment.
    7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
    8. Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
    9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
    10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant
    11. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s activities on ski area property.
    12. Avoid going through Ski and Snowboard classes. The same goes for race courses, unless you are a participant.
    KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
    Be safety conscious

    SKI/RIDE WITH CAUTION
    Be aware of changing conditions. Natural and man made obstacles exist. Snowmaking and grooming activities are continually in progress. Use caution and ski /snowboard only on designated slopes or trails. Everyone should realize that falls and collisions do occur and injuries may result and therefore, assume the burden of being in control at all times.

    BLUE MOUNTAIN TICKET REMOVAL POLICY
    To help maintain courteous skiing and snowboarding at the resort, certain Blue Mountain personnel, ski patrollers, courtesy patrollers and lift operators have been given the authority to warn skiers and snowboarders, and if necessary, remove their lift tickets or Season passes for the following reasons:

    1. Reckless skiing/snowboarding, high speed skiing/snowboarding, jumping or tucking (skiing/snowboarding out of control or straight down the hill in a crouch). When skiing/snowboarding downhill you must avoid the skiers, trail groomers, maintenance vehicles or objects below you.
    2. Skiing/snowboarding out of bounds (skiing/snowboarding on closed trails or on trails that are not lit during night skiing/snowboarding).
    3. Bouncing the chair or skiing/snowboarding out of the tracks on a surface lift (this could derail the cable).
    4. Impaired (use of alcohol or drugs) or carrying a wine skin.
    5. Abusive language (swearing and cursing).
    6. Splitting tickets (cutting lift tickets in half), or transfer of a Season Pass to another person. This is a fraudulent offence and the OPP will prosecute.
    7. Jumping out of a chair before the unloading area (this could derail the cable).

    PENALTIES
    1st Violation:
    Day skiers will have their tickets marked or removed. Season Pass holder will have their passes marked or removed for a minimum of 24 hours and must pick up their pass at the Ski Patrol Headquarters.
    2nd Violation:
    Season Pass holders will lose their pass for a minimum of 7 days and will have to pick up their pass at the Ski Patrol Headquarters.
    Further Violations or Violations of #6 or #7 – Ticket Removal Policy
    Season Pass will be revoked without a refund

    FREESTYLE TERRAIN
    Blue Mountain has the following Freestyle Terrain areas: Grove Terrain Park and the controlled access Badlands Terrain Park. Note: school groups will not be permitted in the controlled access Badlands Terrain Park.

    Freestyle Terrain Rules
    1. This area has been designated and constructed as Freestyle Terrain for advanced riders and skiers only.
    2. There are many elements to maneuver over and around.
    3. Inspect the elements and terrain, their risks and degree of difficulty before participating.
    4. Use freestyle terrain within your ability.
    5. Do not jump blindly; use spotters- Look before you leap!
    6. Obey the Alpine Responsibility Code at all times
    7. Helmets are required

    SERIOUS INJURY AND EQUIPMENT DAMAGE CAN OCCUR
    By using Freestyle Terrain you are assuming the risk of all such injuries.

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