Mountain Safety

Ensure you have an unforgettable experience on New Zealand's slopes with these simple mountain safety tips.

Cardrona, Wānaka

Conditions on the mountains can change rapidly, so it’s important you check the daily snow report. These reports are updated throughout the day and include information on the snow and weather, road conditions and chain requirements, boundary and closure information, informs on which lifts and facilities are open and any other important updates.

Check today’s snow report  >(opens in new window)

We also recommend you to check the mountain safety(opens in new window) website to get more information. 

Etiquette on the slopes

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People below you always have the right of way. Check above you before entering a hill.
  • Stop where you can be seen from above and don’t obstruct a trail.
  • Obey all ski area signage.
  • Always look uphill before starting downhill or merging onto a trail; scope jumps first and uses a spotter on blind jumps.
  • When passing fast, give wide berth to slower skiers/boarders.
  • Secure equipment when you’re transporting it up the mountain.
  • If you’re involved in or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to ski patrol.
  • Respect others and be patient in the lift line, on the slopes and throughout the park.


Lifts access various terrains that are suitable for different activity levels – always make sure your lift pass takes you to the slope that matches your ability. If you’re unsure about the speed of a lift, don’t hesitate to ask a lift operator to slow it down for you, and always make sure the safety bar is lowered over your chair.

Boundary areas

Be respectful of all closures on lifts and ski areas.

Slow zones/beginner areas

Slow zones provide a safe learning area for beginners and children and are indicated with bright signage. Always respect these areas by keeping your speed slow.

Night skiing

Some ski fields offer night skiing opportunities during the evening. When night skiing, it’s important to obey all the signs and stay within the lit area, as your ability to judge speed is diminished which can mean you often are going faster than you think. Make sure you’re aware of this and stay in control. 

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