Safety and Risk Awareness
It is a condition of your use of the premises and facilities and your participation in these activities that you assume all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract, or breach of any duty of care on the part of the resort operator. Your legal responsibility as a user of the resort premises and facilities or participant in activities at the resort is explained in the following notice, which you will see posted around the resort.
When visiting a ski area, the premise is not limited to the ski runs – Manning Park Resort has a Daylodge, Alpine Guest Services Building, parking lots, tube/tobogganing areas, terrain parks, walkways, access roads and other ski area facilities. You will come across signage throughout the ski area premise that are important to respect and understand. Please pay close attention to all signage. It is present for the safety of both guests and employees. Failing to follow the directions on these signs may result in the loss of your ticket or pass. It is your responsibility to be aware of mountain signage at all times.
When skiing in treed areas, also be aware of the risk of tree wells—the hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree. Tree well incidents occur when a skier or snowboarder falls headfirst into the depression and becomes immobilized by deep snow. There are ways to reduce risk when skiing in treed areas; please visit here for more information about tree well safety and snow immersion suffocation (SIS).
Please observe all area and ski run closures. The area beyond the ski boundary is hazardous backcountry terrain. The area is uncontrolled, unmarked, not inspected, not patrolled and includes many risks, dangers, and hazards, including avalanche. Do not duck ropes.
Safety starts with you—Manning Park Resort recommends that all skiers and snowboarders wear helmets (please familiarize yourself with helmet usage, safety, and limitations).
Please note that Manning Park Resort does not allow any drones on the ski hill unless pre-approved through management.
Most ski areas mark their operational boundaries with fencing or signage.
The terrain within the ski area boundary is patrolled by the ski patrol and some hazards are marked. The area beyond the ski area boundary is neither controlled nor patrolled by the ski patrol. Some ski areas permit skiers and snowboarders to travel beyond the ski area boundary into the backcountry. Backcountry travel can be very hazardous and requires specialized equipment, training and experience. Do not travel into the backcountry if you are not qualified to do so. Some ski areas may close their ski area boundaries or portions of the boundary. A closure sign must be respected and obeyed. Breach of a closure could result in the loss of ski area privileges and other sanctions.
Skiing and snowboarding in closed runs and areas is strictly prohibited. Runs are closed for several reasons: trees have fallen onto the run, ditches or holes have rendered the run unsafe, a race or other events are taking place, Terrain Parks are not yet ready to open, or perhaps machinery is operating. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings. Ignoring these messages may put you at greater risk. Those who violate closures may lose lift privileges.
There are a number of different signs and markers to indicate conditions, boundaries and warnings on the Ski Area Premise.
All poles, flags, fencing, signage and padding on equipment or objects or other forms of marking devices are used by the ski area to inform you of the presence or location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety and will not protect you from injury. It is part of your responsibility under the Alpine Responsibility Code to avoid all obstacles or hazards, including those that are so marked. Inbound terrain includes natural hazards including cliffs and cornices. Ski with caution, unmarked objects and hazards may exist.
The designation of run difficulty is set by each ski area individually. Skiers and riders should be advised that a Green Circle, Blue Square or Black Diamond trails are not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another area. Skiers and riders should work their way up, beginning with the easiest trails, no matter what their ability level may be, until they are familiar with the trails at each ski area.
Walking in ski areas should not be overlooked as a risk, with potential for serious injuries. There are many wet, icy, slippery surfaces through the ski area premise. Slips, trips and falls are common and all users should take precautions at all times when travelling throughout a ski area. Ski boots and many types of other footwear do not provide good traction, and extra caution should be used when walking.
The Alpine Responsibility Code the basic rules of conduct and must be followed by all using the
terrain and is consistent across all Ski Areas of Western Canada.
Snow Tubing 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 other the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
- One person per tube in sitting position only. Maximum 2 tubes per group.
- Before starting your decent, make sure the track is clear. Upon completion of your decent look uphill, clear the track immediately, exiting at marked areas only. Do not cross other tubing tracks.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a track or are not visible from above.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to a ski patroller.
- You must not use lifts, or terrain if your ability is impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- You must keep off closed tracks and obey officials, signs, and warnings at all times.
- After completion of SNOW TUBING, return tube to storage corral. Tubes must remain within snow tubing park boundaries at all times.
- Children under 1.1 meters in height must be accompanied in the tubing park at all times by a parent or legal guardian with a valid snow tubing lift ticket.
TUBE PARK RULES
Tubing is fun, but…
- No entrance permitted to the park without a valid snow tubing lift ticket.
- All participants must follow attendants instructions. Failure to do so will result in removal of your lift tickets without refund.
- Children under 1.1 meters (42 inches) in height must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
- All minor age children are the responsibility of a parent or legal guardian at all times. Our staff will not be responsible for supervising/monitoring children’s activity. All parents, participants must realize and accept that there is no guarantee of your personal safety.
- Ski boots are NOT permitted to be worn while snow tubing.
Unsafe conduct will result in the removal of lift ticket without refund.
- Chute/lane conditions vary with weather and use. Please be aware of conditions before purchasing snow tubing tickets. No refunds will be given. Use of any sliding device other than the tubes provided by Manning Park Resort is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
- Manning Park Resort will not be responsible for personal injury, damage, or wear to your clothing due to any cause whatsoever while you are engaged in snow tubing and/or any activity associated with snow tubing.
- Only the Tubes that are provided by Manning Park Resort are allowed in the tubing area; other sliding equipment is not permitted.
Before you drop in:
- Read the entrance signs – each entrance is marked with a unique sign stating park terrain difficulty levels. Please follow within your ability and always be in control.
- Take a warm up run – it is recommended that you take a ride through the park and check it out so you can get a visual of what to expect and the confidence to succeed.
- Progression – to progress through jumps and features gradually increase the challenge and difficulty. Don’t attempt maneuvers that are beyond your ability.
- Start small – if you’re new to riding terrain parks, we recommend that you start small with beginner features and get the basics down and work your way up. If you are having trouble, take a lesson.
- Helmets are required.
Practice Park Etiquette
- Don’t stop or sit on landings and knuckles – if you need to stop and take a break for a moment do not sit where people cannot see you.
- Keep landings clear – never stop to take a break in a landing, bottom of roller or anywhere that you are not visible to riders uphill from you. Clear the landing area to avoid collisions.
- Do not ride through landings. When not using features, stay off to the side of the trail, out of the way.
- Use features in the manner in which they are intended. Don’t jump off the sides of the takeoffs. Save the takeoff lips for the people who want to ride the feature correctly. Practice riding on small jumps or rollers instead.
- Do not snake – be courteous of your fellow park riders, call your drops and give people a decent amount of time and space when waiting to ride a feature to avoid cutting people off.
- Slow down when exiting the terrain park.
Closed means closed – know when to avoid terrain and features
- If you see a rope line, fencing, signs or bamboo across a takeoff it is up for a reason. Please do not remove and do not ride those features. If you have any questions or concerns find one of the Park staff.
- Let the Park staff do their job – if you see Park staff working on a feature, please skip that feature and come back when they are done.
- If there are boards or skis in front of a jump, the jump is closed so go around the feature.
Going into the backcountry is an increasingly popular activity, and the terrain in EC Manning Provincial Park is a wonderful place to get into the great outdoors.
If you are heading into the backcountry, please make sure you are properly prepared.
Manning Park Resort checks in-bounds terrain but does not forecast conditions for the backcountry, so make sure you inform yourself. There are a number of great resources available:
Topographical maps of Manning Park are available in the Country Store and at the Nordic Centre. To purchase a mobile map of Manning Park, go to http://www.clarkgeomatics.ca/ios.html (Manning Park/Skagit Park, BC – Map 104).
- Do you have any backcountry knowledge or avalanche awareness training?
- Does anyone know where you are going?
- Do you have an updated weather forecast?
- Have you read the latest public avalanche bulletin from the Canadian Avalanche Association? (1-800-667-1105)
- Are you properly equipped with a shovel, transceiver, and probe?
- Are you properly dressed?
No one will take care of you except yourself. If you have any questions, please talk to the ski patrol.
- Canadian Avalanche Association
- Avalanche Canada Mountain Information Network
- Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors
- Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning
Please note that Manning Park Resort does not have a check-in system. Please inform someone outside of the Resort of your backcountry plans and when to expect you.
At the Manning Park ski hill, you may encounter the following signs when heading beyond Apple Bowl Hike, towards Poland Lake, or any time you go outside of posted boundary limits.
The area beyond this boundary is hazardous backcountry terrain. The area is uncontrolled, unmarked, not inspected, not patrolled, and involves many risks, dangers, and hazards including avalanche. Be prepared for avalanche danger, weather changes, and terrain hazards.
Persons proceeding beyond this point should be trained and properly equipped for self-rescue.
If you are planning on crossing the in-bounds terrain of Manning Park, you must follow the designated up-track. Hikers are not permitted on any other runs on the mountain, due to safety reasons.
On the Quad Chair, the designated path is skiers right (climber’s left) of Horseshoe Trail, following Upper Horseshoe Trail if you wish to continue to the top of the hill. Please be aware this is a beginner run
If you are coming from Strawberry Flats, once you reach Fool’s Hen run, you must hike down on skier’s left of the run to meet up with the up-track on Horseshoe Trail.
On the Blue Chair, the designated path is skiers left (climber’s right) of Wagon Trail. Please be aware this is a beginner run.
(Click on the map to download)
The Canadian Ski Patrol is a volunteer organization who provide on-hill first aid – they are always recruiting new volunteers! Read more about them here: www.skipatrolvancouver.com.