During the season, a patrolman sets out early to "break trail" at the ski centers, mark off safe areas and check caches of medical supplies. During the day, he skis the slopes, ready to treat or prevent any accident. At nightfall, he "sweeps the trail," checking to make sure that all stragglers are safely off the tow and slope.
Nonetheless, it's up to the individual skier to make skiing safe for himself. There are some precautions; all of them add up to "take it easy." On the slope, ski within your ability and in control. It's best to ski in pairs. Avoid curves that don't allow enough room-to swing a turn to a dead stop. Give the right of way to skiers running downhill. And always heed the cry of "track."
Just in case you don't trust the other guy—or yourself—$10 can buy a skier an NSP ski accident policy with up to $500 coverage. And in five states this year, the American Progressive Health Insurance Co. offers insurance by the day ($2) and weekend ($4), with benefits up to $1,000. Like air insurance, you can sign up before starting up.