Snow Safety, it’s your responsibility. The Mt Baw Baw Resort and National Park is a beautiful and challenging place all year round. But, this pristine environment can be hazardous if visitors are careless or irresponsible.
Please note that only Resort approved plastic moulded toboggans without sharp edges are allowed to be used to ensure the safety of visitors. Inflatable toboggans, snow skates & Aldi waveboard/snowsliders are not permitted. Click here for more information
Please note the following points for your safety whilst tobogganing:
- Only use plastic moulded toboggans, approved by the ARMB (toboggans with pointed ends and over 2.5kg are not acceptable)
- Do not have more than one person on the toboggan at any one time
- Do not form toboggan trains (linking people on other toboggans)
- Do not stand up whilst tobogganing
- Always remain in control of toboggan and steer to avoid contact with other users of the area
- Walk up the side of the slope to avoid collision
Safety at the snow
Below is a checklist provided by Snowsafe Australia© that every visitor to the area should read carefully and adhere to:
- Plan your trip carefully
- Know the signs of Hypothermia
- Get fit to go skiing
- Let someone know before you go
- Take mobile phone and emergency contact numbers
- Take care on alpine roads
- Practice fitting wheel chains before leaving home
- Wear appropriate wind and waterproof clothing (NOT jeans!)
- Always wear a hat and gloves
- Pack sun protection (SPF, sun protective clothing, hat and goggles or wraparound sunglasses)
- Take care of and check your equipment before skiing
- Regularly check weather, snow and skiing conditions
- If lost, stop, seek shelter and wait for help
- Ski within your capabilities
- Take ski lessons
- Take extra care with children
- Eat appropriate food before and during ski and bush activities
- Always ski in control
- Drive cautiously, particularly in the snow
- Watch for weather changes
- Never ski alone
- Never remove your skis when conditions are icy, particularly on steep slopes
- Never ski or walk over frozen lakes, dams or creeks
- Take care of the environment
Please visit the Snowsafe Australia website for more information
Sun Protection at the snow
- Did you know that snow reflects up to 90% of UV radiation and that UV gets 4% stronger for each 300m rise in altitude. Don’t crash and burn on the slopes this winter. Slip Slop Slap Seek & Slide! read more…
- Top tip: Apply a generous amount of SPF to all exposed areas of skin 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours. Remember that snow reflects UV radiation, so make sure you apply sunscreen under your chin, beneath the tip of your nose and behind your ears. It’s a good idea to carry a small tube of sunscreen and lip balm in your jacket pocket. Read more…
The Alpine Responsibility Code
- Know your ability and always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people and objects. It is your responsibility to stay in control on the ground and in the air.
- Take lessons from qualified professional instructors, to learn and progress.
- As you proceed downhill or overtake another person, you must avoid the people below and beside you – they have right of way.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or run or are not visible from above.
- When entering a trail or run or starting downhill, look uphill and giveway to others – they also have right of way.
- When riding chairlifts always use the restraining devices. Always use suitable restraints to avoid runaway skiing/boarding equipment. Ensure your equipment is in good condition.
- Observe and obey all signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails or runs and out of closed areas.
- Before using any lift you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
- Do not ski, snowboard, ride a lift or undertake any other alpine activity if your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- If you are involved in, or witness an accident, alert Ski Patrol, remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
Failure to observe the Alpine Responsibility Code may result in cancellation of your ticket by the Ski Patrol or other authorised personnel. “RESPECT GETS RESPECT” from the lift line, to the slopes, through the park and the resort. Information courtesy of Snowsafe Australia.
Mt Baw Baw Ski Patrol
The role of the Ski Patrol is to keep Mt Baw Baw as safe a place as possible and to deal with any incidents that may occur on the ski slopes. Our daily duties include:
- Ensuring the slopes are safe for quests every morning
- Providing First Aid to injured guests and transporting them to the Medical First Aid Station if necessary
- Promoting snow-sport safety by marking hazards and discouraging dangerous behavior
- Ensuring all guests are safely off the slopes and cross country trails at the end of each day
- Participate in search and rescue operations if and when the need arises
During the week, a small team of full-time patrollers maintain this service, but on weekends, the service is provided largely by volunteers. In order to continue to provide a high quality service to the guests of Mt Baw Baw, we are constantly in the need of new recruits to join our volunteer team. Interested in volunteering? find out more…