The various activities that take place at WinSport’s facilities located at Canada Olympic Park, the Bill Warren Training Centre, and the Haig Glacier involve the risk of injury. The information contained in the Safety and Risk Awareness section of this website is intended to inform you of the risks, dangers and hazards that you may encounter at WinSport’s facilities and help you to stay safe while enjoying these activities. Whether you are a participant in these activities, a parent or guardian of a minor participant, or a spectator/visitor, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Safety and Risk Awareness information on this website.

 

Exclusion of Liability – Assumption of Risks

The use of WinSport’s premises and facilities and participation in activities at WinSport’s premises and facilities involves various risks, dangers and hazards. It is a condition of your use of WinSport’s premises and facilities, and your participation in these activities, that you assume all risk of personal injury, death, property damage or loss resulting from any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract, or breach of any duty of care on the part of WinSport and its employees and representatives. Please read the Exclusion of Liability Sign carefully!

Please click on the link below to see the specific risks associated with a particular activity/facility.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Ski & Snowboard / Freestyle Terrain and Parks

Outdoor Adventure Camps

Ice Skating, Hockey and Ringette

Snow Tubing

Off Season Activities

All visitors to WinSport Facilities - Be aware of Slips, Trips and Falls

WinSport’s facilities are spread over hundreds of acres. Much of the terrain is uneven, natural, ungroomed, and unpaved. During the fall, winter and spring seasons, large areas of the facilities, including the parking lots, sidewalks, pathways and outdoor stairs are covered with ice and snow, which create very slippery conditions.

Footwear plays an important role in reducing the risk of slips, trips and falls. Please remember, when visiting our facilities, your footwear should be appropriate for attending an outdoor, recreation facility and should be appropriate for the season and weather conditions. Ski boots, bike cleats, and many other types of footwear do not provide good traction, and extra caution should be used when walking.

Walking and running at WinSport’s facilities involves various risks, dangers and hazards including but not limited to the following:

  • Uneven or cracked surfaces
  • Holes, rocks, gravel, tree roots and other natural objects
  • Ice, snow, and slush in parking lots and on stairs, roads, sidewalks and pathways
  • Icy or slippery condition of snow in and around the ski hill, tube park and other winter activity areas
  • Ungroomed and unkept grounds, trails and areas
  • Wet ground and floors
  • Changing weather conditions, including frequent thawing and freezing in the winter
  • Variations in the terrain or surface
  • Ruts and crevasses
  • Loss of balance
  • Dim or low lighting
  • Failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas
  • Negligent first aid
  • Negligence of other persons
  • Infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF WINSPORT



Ski & Snowboard / Freestyle Terrain and Parks

I am aware that Skiing and Snowboarding involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to:

  • boarding, riding and disembarking ski lifts;
  • use of freestyle terrain parks and features such halfpipes, rails, boxes, jumps and other advanced or expert features, including use of dry slope or other artificial surface material;
  • collision with other skiers or snowboarders, or other persons;
  • collision with lift towers, fences, snowmaking equipment, snow grooming equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles or other vehicles, equipment or structures;
  • changing weather conditions;
  • avalanches;
  • exposed rock, earth, ice and other natural objects such as cliffs, crevasses, streams, creeks and exposed holes in the snow pack above streams or creeks and trees, tree wells, tree stumps and forest deadfall;
  • variable and difficult conditions including: the condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface, changes or variations in the surface or sub-surface, including changes due to man-made or artificial snow and snowcat roads, road banks or cut banks;
  • changes or variations in the terrain which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility;
  • encounters with domestic or wild animals;
  • loss of balance or control;
  • slips, trips, and falls;
  • accidents during snow school lessons;
  • infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact;
  • lacerations and abrasions;
  • negligent first aid;
  • failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • becoming lost or separated from one’s party;
  • negligence of other persons; and 
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE WINSPORT

I am aware that Freestyle Terrain use, including airborne maneuvers and inverted aerials substantial increase the risk of serious injury and that "Park Smart” practices are recommended. 

   

 

I am also aware that all skiers and riders at WinSport's facilities are required to follow the Alpine Responsibility Code:

  1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. If you are involved in or witness a collision/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
  6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
  8. Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
  9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.
  10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.

Ice Skating, Ice Hockey and Ringette

Ice skating, ice hockey and ringette involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to:

  • unwanted collision or impact with projectile objects or equipment;
  • collision or impact with equipment, other persons, or natural or man-made obstacles;
  • cuts or abrasions from equipment;
  • improper use or failure of equipment;
  • power, mechanical or structural failure of facilities, terrain or equipment;
  • falling off equipment or from heights;
  • failure to properly adjust or fasten equipment;
  • changing weather conditions, exposure to extreme weather conditions, or exposure to hot or cold conditions;
  • sudden stops or changes in direction;
  • failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • slips, trips, falls or loss of balance;
  • difficulty or inability to control one’s speed or direction;
  • becoming lost or separated from the guides or instructors or other participants;
  • variable or difficult conditions;
  • changes or variations in terrain or surface, including but not limited to holes, depressions, slippery sections, cracks, ruts, etc.;
  • negligence of other persons;
  • a medical condition, whether known or unknown;
  • infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi
  • which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact;
  • negligent first aid; and
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF WINSPORT
Tube Park pic

Snow Tubing

Snow Tubing involves many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to:

  • Boarding, riding and disembarking conveyers;
  • Changing weather conditions;
  • Falling out of or being ejected or thrown from a tube;
  • Improper use or failure of equipment;
  • Collision with or being struck by other tubes or persons, whether inside or outside of the tube park boundaries;
  • Collision with objects, equipment, or natural or man-made obstacles, whether inside or outside of the tube park boundaries;
  • Collision with lift towers, fences, snowmaking equipment, snow grooming equipment, snowcats, snowmobiles or other vehicles, equipment or structures whether inside or outside of the Tube Park boundaries;
  • Exposed rock, earth, ice and other natural objects;
  • The condition of snow or ice on or beneath the surface;
  • Changes or variations in the surface or sub-surface, including changes due to man-made or artificial snow;
  • Variable and difficult conditions;
  • Loss of balance or control;
  • Slips, trips, and falls;
  • The failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • Failure to stop or slow down in designated areas;
  • Failure to stay within a tubing lane or the boundaries of the Tube Park;
  • Encounters with domestic or wild animals;
  • Becoming separated from one’s party;
    infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact;
  • Negligent first aid;
  • Negligence of other persons; and
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF WINSPORT

Outdoor Adventure Camps

Into the Wild and Call of the Wild

Outdoor Adventure Camps involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to:

  • collision or impact with equipment, other persons, or natural or man-made obstacles;
  • unwanted contact with projectile objects or equipment;
  • improper use or failure of equipment;
  • power, mechanical or structural failure of facilities, terrain, or equipment;
  • falling off equipment or from heights;
  • failure to properly adjust or fasten equipment;
  • falling out of or being ejected from equipment;
  • cuts, abrasions, or burns;
  • changing weather conditions or exposure to extreme weather conditions;
  • slips, trips, falls or loss of balance;
  • the failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • difficulty or inability to control one’s speed or direction;
  • sudden stops or changes in direction;
  • failure to slow or stop in designated areas;
  • becoming lost or separated from the guides or instructors or other participants;
  • variable or difficult conditions;
  • exposed rock, earth, ice, trees, tree stumps, forest deadfall, and other natural objects;
  • fire;
  • hot cooking equipment;
  • changes or variations in terrain, including but not limited to holes, depressions, loose gravel, rocks, mud, creeks, bumps, berms, steep or slippery sections, cracks, ruts, etc.;
  • negligence of other persons;
  • drowning (when near, on, or in water);
  • encounters with domestic or wild animals;
  • insect bites or stings;
  • a medical condition, whether known or unknown;
  • allergic reactions;
  • choking;
  • disorientation;
  • fatigue;
  • overexertion;
  • mechanical failure of vehicles, motor vehicle accidents or collisions, poor road conditions;
  • negligent first aid;
  • infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact; and 
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF WINSPORT


Off Season Activities

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Injuries are a common and expected part of Mountain Biking. Mountain Biking at WinSport’s facilities takes place on steep and rugged terrain and features that are both physically and technically challenging and will expose the Rider to many risks, dangers and hazards. These include but are not limited to:

  • use of chairlifts;
  • changing weather conditions;
  • mechanical failure of bikes and other equipment;
  • improperly adjusted or maintained bikes and other equipment;
  • falls;
  • loss of balance;
  • high-speed descents;
  • difficulty or inability to control one’s speed and direction;
  • rapid or uncontrolled acceleration on hills and inclines;
  • extreme variation in terrain, trails or features, including steep or slippery sections, trees, roots, tree stumps, logs, cliffs, rocks, rock drops, loose gravel, holes, depressions, mud, off-camber turns, streams and creeks;
  • constructed features such as bridges, ramps, ladders, bumps, berms, jumps, and drops;
  • impact or collision with natural and constructed objects, lift towers, other mountain bikers, vehicles, pedestrians, spectators, and officials;
  • encounters with domestic and wild animals;
  • negligence of other riders or users of the premises;
  • travel on highways and roads;
  • becoming lost or separated from the guides or instructors or other mountain bikers or racers;
  • infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact;
  • negligent first aid;
  • failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • accidents during mountain bike lessons, programs, or camps; and
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF WINSPORT

 

Mountain Bike Safety

Injuries are a common and expected part of mountain biking. WinSport offers all levels of mountain biking lessons and programs from beginner to expert and all levels of mountain biking terrain from beginner to expert. More challenging terrain should not be attempted until the Rider has the appropriate skill, experience and equipment. Please speak to Guest Services for more information regarding mountain biking at WinSport.

MOUNTAIN BIKE SAFETY INFORMATION

Monster Zipline

Monster Zipline

Zipline Activities are physically demanding, and participants must not participate in any Zipline Activities if they are/have: pregnant; any type of heart condition or heart-related issues, such as high blood pressure or heart disease; any type of back, neck, spine, foot, ankle, or leg condition; a weak physical constitution or poor physical conditioning; under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol; any other physical, mental, or emotional condition that could be aggravated.

Zipline Activities will expose the participant to many risks, dangers and hazards including, without limitation:

  • neck and back strain, whiplash, broken bones, concussions;
  • striking surfaces, objects or other persons at high speeds;
  • changing weather conditions which may cause the walkways, landings, and equipment to be slippery;
  • equipment failure;
  • failure to properly adjust or fasten equipment;
  • improper use of equipment;
  • negligent design, manufacture, selection, installation, maintenance or adjustment of equipment;
  • inadequate condition of equipment or ziplines;
  • falls from heights;
  • over-exertion;
  • fear of heights;
  • impact or collision with other participants or guides;
  • slips, trips, falls, or loss of balance or control;
  • sudden stops or changes in direction;
  • variable or difficult conditions;
  • failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • improper training techniques;
  • difficulty or inability to control speed and direction while on the ziplines;
  • negligence of other participants or guides or other persons;
  • infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact;
  • negligent first aid; and
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF WINSPORT
Summer Bobsleigh

Summer Bobsleigh

Sliding activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to:

  • neck and back strain, whiplash, broken bones, concussions;
  • striking surfaces, objects or other persons at high speeds;
  • striking the sidewalls, roof, top or other parts of the Tracks;
  • travelling out of the Tracks and striking other people or objects that are located in and around the Tracks;
  • colliding with other people or objects inside the Tracks;
  • failing to come to a stop within the outrun area at the end of the Tracks, and striking other people or objects in and around the outrun area at the end of the Tracks;
  • overturning in the sliding apparatus;
  • suffering hypothermia and/or frost-bite due to cold outdoor temperatures;
  • slips, trips, falls, or loss of balance or control;
  • sudden stops or changes in direction;
  • variable or difficult conditions;
  • failure to act safely or within one’s own ability or to stay within designated areas;
  • improper training techniques;
  • inadequate condition of the Tracks;
  • negligence on the part of other Track Activity participants, users of the Tracks, or other persons;
  • infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact;
  • negligent first aid; and
  • NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF WINSPORT