The Wintergreen Ski Patrol has 135 members, including 45 senior patrollers, 10 certified patrollers and 10 national appointees, all  are members of the National Ski Patrol and certified as Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Technicians.

That's a good thing from the perspective of skiers and riders whose safety and, at times, lives depend on the skill of the patrollers.

Each member of the patrol is trained in first aid, and in special rescue techniques including toboggan handling, chairlift evacuation, and technical rope rescues.

That's important when disaster strikes in some form or other, as it can from time to time in any physical activity, particularly one involving slippery surfaces, some speed, and hard objects.

The Wintergreen Ski Patrollers, however, are firm believers that prevention is better than cure, and with this in mind the members urge all skiers and riders to know the Skier/Rider Responsibility Code, and to follow it.

The seven points of the Code are:

Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

People ahead of you have the right of way; it is your responsibility to avoid them.

You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

Observe all posted signs and warnings; keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Beyond the Code, simple courtesy dictates that skiers and riders should not clank skis or boards together while riding lifts; not cut the lift line; sit back in the chair and use the bar; and move out of the unloading area after getting off the lift.

Oh yes: Have fun.