We at Lost Trail Powder Mountain want your snowboarding or skiing experience to be fun and safe. We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about some safety and comfort tips that are important to make this an enjoyable time for the whole family.
You’ll enjoy skiing more if you’re physically prepared. There are lots of great exercises and stretching that you can do to prepare yourself in advance. Don’t try to "get in shape" the first time out on the slopes.
Check your equipment. Have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly at a local ski shop or by one of the Lost Trail Rental Shop Qualified Techs. If your equipment doesn’t fit, or isn’t in good shape, rent your ski or snowboarding equipment at the Lost Trail Rental Shop.
When buying skiwear, we suggest fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort while keeping the wind out. When it comes to winter clothing, often the old adage "You Get What You Pay For" is very appropriate. You’ll enjoy the day much more if you’re warm and dry.
Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
60 percent of heat-loss is through the head so plan on wearing a hat or headband. Gloves or mittens make a huge difference in your comfort, (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
Wear sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think, even on cloudy days! Snowboarding and skiing and are a lot more fun when you can see. Eye protection is highly recommended. Sunglasses, goggles, lip balm and sunscreen are available in our Ski & Board School/Retail Shop if you forget yours.
Tips For On The Slopes
- Consider taking a lesson, especially if its been awhile since you’ve been out on the slopes. You’ll find qualified & helpful instructors for all levels of experience at the Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski & Board School.
- Stay Aware! Keep mentally alert at all times. Be aware of snow and weather conditions as they are always changing.
- Know your limits, stop before you get too tired. You’ll have more fun if you are not fatigued.
- Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water. There is no substitute for H2O! Curb your alcohol consumption as skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with drugs or alcohol.
Skiers’ & Snowboarders Responsibility
The Montana legislature recognizes that there are risks inherent in the sport of skiing regardless of any and all reasonable safety measures which can be employed. The Montana Skier Responsibility Act of 1989 contains provisions that are important to all skiers and snowboarders.
Montana Skier Responsibility Act of 1989 provides in general that:
- A skier is responsible for knowing and skiing within the range of his/her ability and for abiding by the requirements of the Skier Responsibility Code.
- A skier shall maintain control of speed and course so as to prevent injury to himself or others and shall obey all posted or other warnings and instructions of the ski area operator.
- No skier involved in an accident with another skier may depart from the scene of the accident without leaving personal ID; notifying the proper authorities; obtaining assistance when a person involved in the accident is in need of medical help or other assistance.
- A skier accepts all legal responsibility for injury or damage of any kind to the extent that the injury or damage results from risks inherent in the sport of skiing.
Your Responsibility Code
- Ski under control and in such manner that you can stop or avoid other skiers or objects.
- When skiing downhill or overtaking another skier, you must avoid the skier below you.
- You must not stop where you are obstructing a trail or are not visible from above.
- When entering a trail or starting downhill, yield to other skiers.
- All skiers shall wear retention straps or other devices to protect runaway skis.
- You shall keep off closed trails and posted areas and observe all posted signs.
Ski Area Boundaries
The Ski Area Boundary is defined by the use of signs and/or string line. For your own safety ski within the designated area. Lost Trail Powder Mountain is not responsible for any avalanche control or rescues beyond the boundary. Areas outside the designated boundary are not patrolled. If you choose to go beyond these boundaries, you expose yourself to uncontrolled avalanche dangers and wild, unfamiliar terrain. Certain slopes or areas within the ski area boundaries may from time to time be closed. Please respect these closures for your own safety. Failure to do so may result in the loss of pass or lift ticket.
Emergencies- Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski Patrol
Members of Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski Patrol should be contacted in case of emergency. See Area Trail Map for location of Ski Patrol Stations and lift terminals for help. When reporting an accident, give the exact location of the accident and any landmarks of the area. To the best of your knowledge give the extent and/or nature of the injuries. The patrol person may ask you to maintain your position until the injured party is located. In the event that you are injured in an accident, cross your skis upright in the snow above you and send someone for assistance.