Guideline review date: 28 October 2021
This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the
managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.
CARA planner (DOCX, 600KB) must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations
For activities beyond the scope of this guideline, complete a CARA record using the
CARA generic template (DOCX, 488KB).
This guideline relates to student participation in the snow sports of alpine skiing and snowboarding (undertaken within or near established ski-village recreation areas with ready access to emergency assistance) as an activity to support curriculum delivery. Alpine skiing is skiing down groomed and lift-serviced ski trails/runs with fixed-heel bindings.
Note: This activity does
not include nordic skiing, ski touring, tobogganing or snow tubing. Tobogganing is not permitted as a curriculum activity.
Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than 1 CARA guideline (e.g. snow sports (skiing and snowboarding) while
camping) must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
Schools should consider conducting this activity at a Department of Education
Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre (O&EEC) and consult with O&EEC centre staff for risk assessment requirements.
For activities conducted at a non-Department of Education venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.
For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the
school excursions procedure.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding on groomed beginner and intermediate ski trails/runs.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding on groomed advanced ski trails/runs.
If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.
If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the
hierarchy of controls to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.
Snowsafe Australia and
Outdoors Victoria Adventure Activity Standards (PDF, 454KB) is required when planning this activity.
Prior consultation is required with local authority and lift operators for local advice, emergency support mechanisms and additional supervision requirements to ensure participant and public safety.
Permission/permits are required to be obtained from land managers (e.g. local councils or private landholders), if applicable.
All students should have an assessment lesson by a qualified instructor at the commencement of the program. Ski lessons on the morning of each ski day are strongly recommended and afternoon lessons should also be considered.
Students confined to a designated area according to their skill level (e.g. beginner, intermediate) and appropriate grading/classification of slopes (note: gradings/classifications may vary between and within countries) and be based on advice from the qualified instructor.
Students must not ski alone (groups of at least 4, including an instructor, are recommended) and all students to leave the slopes together at the end of the session.
Night-time skiing must be confined to designated well-lit ski trails/runs and be considered appropriate for the skill level of all students participating.
All risk levels