Documents, facts and statistics used by Australian Ski Areas Association and the media for reference and education.

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Key Documents & Statistics

The Economic Significance of the Australian Alpine Resorts

This extensive study conducted by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) that shows the value of Australian Ski Industry to the economy

ASAA Tourism Taskforce Submission

An inquiry into workforce challenges in the Australian Tourism Sector, presented to the Parliament of Australia, House of Representatives and the Standing Committee on Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation.

CSIRO Snow and Climate Change Report

View the results of a CSIRO study conducted in 2003 on the effects of climate change on snow conditions with in Australian

Snow Making at Australian Ski Resorts

This booklet is intended to provide skiers and snowboarders with a brief overview of Snowmaking operations in Australian Ski Resorts.

Ski Patrol in Australian Ski Resort

This booklet is intended to provide skiers and snowboarders with a brief overview of Ski Patrol operations in Australian ski resorts.

Snowgrooming in Australian Ski Resorts

This booklet is intended to provide skiers and snowboarders with a brief overview of snow grooming operations in Australian ski resorts and how changing snow conditions can affect a skier and snowboarder's day.

ASAA Environmental Policies

ASAA and the Environment

Over the period that lifted skiing has been offered as a recreational option in Australia there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of the preservation of the quintessential qualities of the alpine environment. The resort lift operators are very much aware of the importance of their stewardship of these sensitive areas. In recent times the need to address issues raised by changes in global weather pattens and how they might affect the climate of the Alps has led to a host of initiatives in the management of the resorts.
Water and waste management, fuel and energy reductions and reduced greenhouse emissions are all areas where changes are enhancing what the resorts are doing to help preserve the environment. Changes in land management techniques have improved outcomes for biodiversity of fauna and flora. The different features of the resorts give rise to different priorities in each area.

CSIRO Study

View the results of a CSIRO study conducted in 2003 on the effects of climate change on snow conditions with in Australian

ASAA Environmental Vision & Mission Statements

The Australian Ski Areas Association has adopted the following environmental vision and mission statements, which are intended to guide the development and formulation of a range of police

Environmental Vision Statement

Australian Ski Areas Association members aim to be the leaders amongst outdoor recreation providers by managing our businesses in a manner that demonstrates our commitment to environmental protection and stewardship while meeting public expectations.

Environmental Mission Statement

Australian Ski Areas Association members are committed to improving environmental performance in all aspects of our operations and in managing our areas to allow for their continued enjoyment by future generations.

The ASAA wishes to acknowledge and thank the National Ski Areas Association (USA) for authorisation to use and adopt the NSAA’s environmental statements.

ASAA Climate Change Policy

To collectively address the long-term challenges presented by climate change, Australian ski and alpine resorts have adopted the following climate change policy.

Keep Winter Cool

Climate change is a global issue that poses challenges for sensitive areas across the world. Those who enjoy snow sports are at the front line and our Alpine environments are very sensitive to change. But the good news is that Australia’s Alpine Community is helping us all do something about it.

Keep Winter Cool is a new climate change awareness initiative that encourages skiers, snowboarders and snow visitors to help combat the potential effects of climate change on Australia’s Alpine environments. Developed by the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council, the Australian Alps Liaison Committee and the Australian Ski Areas Association, Keep Winter Cool has been based on a similar model successfully implemented across North America.

It’s easy to Keep Winter Cool

There are ten practical things we can all do to help cool global warming and keep our Alpine areas as white as snow.
It’s as easy taking the bus to work or the snow, insulating your house or lodge, turning off appliances when they’re not being used and cutting hot water consumption.

  • Reduce energy used for transport .Share a ride or take a bus to the snow and to work
  • Turn off lights and appliances when at home or on holiday. It is best to turn them off at the powerpoint
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances. Choose the highest energy-efficient star-rating and use compact fluorescent lights
  • Insulate your house or lodge. And turn down the thermostat and use draught stoppers
  • Cut hot water consumption . Wash clothes in cold water, fit water-efficient shower heads, and install a solar water heater
  • Eco-buy. Purchase greenhouse friendly products from local sources
  • Support renewable energy sources. Switch to Green Power with your electricity supplier
  • Plant a tree. Trees take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle. Reducing waste reduces landfill and thus reduces production of the greenhouse gas methane
  • Lead change at your workplace or business. Spread the word – cool global warming and keep winter cool

Businesses can also play their part by signing a Charter to help raise awareness amongst their visitors and staff about greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and snow conditions and commit to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from their own enterprises.

All of the Victorian alpine management boards, park managers in Victoria, NSW and ACT, the national ski lift industry, the Bus Association of Victoria and a number of other businesses including the Australian Ski Areas Association, have already signed up to the Keep Winter Cool Charter

To sign your bussiness up to the Keep Winter Cool Charter or to find out about the practical ways you can help cool global warming, visit www.keepwintercool.com.au.

For a hardcopy of the Keep Winter Cool ‘what you can do’ card call 136 186.

ASAA General Policies

Snow Sport Helmet Use

The Australian Ski Areas Association recommends the wearing of helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.

The Australian Ski Areas Association’s helmet policy has been reviewed and updated following recent changes made by the Canada West Ski Areas Association and the National Ski Areas Association (USA). The review also had regard to the Australian alpine and snowsports environments as well as the increasing use of helmets by Australian skiers and riders

The ASAA’s helmet policy urges skiers and riders to wear a helmet and to educate themselves on the benefits and the limitations of helmet usage, while emphasising that skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner at all times is the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders.

Individual members of the ASAA may have more specific helmet requirements for some activities and programs for one or more particular groups or age of participant, which are conducted by the member resort.

Lids on Kids

The ASAA and its members provide information to snow sports enthusiasts and parents of snow sports enthusiasts to promote education and awareness about the benefits, limitations and proper fitting of helmets.

In supporting the use of helmets when undertaking recreational snow sports, the ASAA recognises that a helmet may make a difference in reducing or preventing injury, and that many skiers and snowboarders are choosing to wear them. Helmets are designed to reduce the severity of head injuries, but they are most effective at providing protection at speeds of 20kph or slower. If a person was to collide with a tree, any other object or another skier at moderate or high speed, a helmet may not prevent or reduce serious injury.

Each snow sports enthusiast’s behaviour has as much to do with their safety as does any piece of safety equipment.

Alpine Responsibility Code

There are inherent risks in all snow recreational activities. Common sense, staying in control and personal awareness can reduce these risks. Risks include rapid changes in weather, visibility and surface conditions, as well as natural and artificial hazards such as rocks, trees, stumps, vehicles, lift towers, snow fences and snowmaking equipment. Observe the code and ski and ride with courtesy to others.

  1. Stay in control and avoid other people and hazards.
  2. Use appropriate protective equipment, especially helmets, to minimise the risk of injury.
  3. You must have the ability to use each lift safely. If in doubt ask the lift attendant.
  4. Obey all signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails and areas.
  5. It is your responsibility to avoid and give way to people below and beside you.
  6. Do not stop where you are not visible from above or where you obstruct a trail.
  7. Before starting downhill, or merging into a trail, look uphill and give way to others.
  8. Use care to prevent runaway snowboards.
  9. If you are involved in or see an accident, alert and identify yourself to Resort Staff.
  10. Be aware that it is dangerous to ski, board or ride lifts if your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Know the Code. Its Your Responsibility.
Failure to observe the code may result in cancellation of your ticket or pass by Resort Staff.

Kids Alpine Responsibility Code

A special responsibility code for kids.

  1. Take lessons to improve your skiing or snowboarding.
  2. Give way to people in front of you and beside you.
  3. Stop where you can be seen. Stop on the side of the run.
  4. Look up the hill before you start and only go when the run is clear.
  5. Check your equipment. Make sure ski bindings are in good condition. Snowboarders should always use safety straps.
  6. Read and follow all signs. Do not go into closed areas.
  7. Learn how to get on, ride and get off all lifts safely. Always use the safety bar.
  8. If you see or have an accident, call Ski Patrol and wait until they arrive.
  9. Helmets may keep your head safe.

Snow Riding Restraint Devices

ASAA member resorts will be enforcing the use of restraint devices on all snow-riding equipment.

  • In the interest of visitor safety all ASAA member resorts will be enforcing the use of restraint devices on all snow-riding equipment including snowboards.
  • There have been incidents in the past few winters where run away snowboards have endangered the safety of resort visitors. Some of these run-aways have actually been boards accidentally knocked over whilst unattended. The restraint requirement will extend to unattended snow-riding equipment not fitted with approved braking devices. As an example, board riders will be required to leash their board to a fixed restraint (eg: resort provided racks) when unattended.
  • To educate snow-riders of this requirement, resorts will be utilising additional signposting, with ski patrol, ski school and lifting staff enforcing the policy.
  • All hire and retail outlets should ensure that all their equipment complies with this requirement.
  • Any snow-rider found utilising unleashed snow-riding equipment will not be permitted on the ski slopes.

Disabled Wintersport Association Concession Policy

  • ASAA members provide a 50% concession on the regular full day lift pas price (adult and child) to DWA members on presentation of a current valid DWA passport.
  • ASAA members provide a 50% concession on the regular full day lift pass price (adult generally) to DWA members who require a carer or guide and where that is noted or endorsed in the Passport.
  • ASAA members also provide a concession on private lessons conducted at all of their Snowsport School’s for valid DWA Passport holders. Because pricing structures vary between resorts, the concession may be applied differently, and DWA members are advised to check the specific concession available at each resort. Each ASAA member has the discretion to apply lesson concessions as appropriate.
  • ASAA members may in some cases provide additional benefits and concession programs for the benefit of DWA members such as season pass concessions, rental concessions and the like. These additional benefits are provided at the sole discretion of the individual ASAA member in negotiation with DWA.