Winter sports like snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing often present visibility issues. Even if the conditions are clear and perfect, the sea of white produced by heavy snowfall could obscure any safety signs you post at your park. Always on Time Sign & Design can create a variety of signage for your winter trails. Here are six suggestions on how you can use our safety signs in Vermont:
- Trail markers: Winter conditions demand that people avoid getting lost. That is why you need clear trail markers so cross country skiers and snowmobilers continue in the correct direction. For downhill skiing, trail markers also indicate difficulty, as the last thing you need is for skiers to unknowingly take on a black diamond run when their skills do not measure up.
- Safety warnings: Just as you want to indicate trail direction and difficulty, you also want to give users a heads-up if there are any hazards. Winter offers many opportunities for injuries with avalanches, snow pockets and other dangers. In some cases, your safety warning may simply be advising users to stay off the trail for now. We can make a supply of those types of signs in case you ever need them.
- Directional signs: When recreation completes, skiers, snowshoeing enthusiasts and snowmobile operators want to wind down. Directional signs become helpful in this category, too. Besides helping to find bathrooms and cafeteria facilities, the directional signs can also indicate the way to emergency services or a telephone in case your park is out of cell tower range.
- Ski lift instructions: Do not forget that you need signage for your ski lifts! Safety signs regarding line management, waiting areas and, most importantly, when to prepare to exit will make ski lift usage less eventful for everyone. General instructions for how to exit a ski lift can also prove helpful, especially if the lift is near a green hill that attracts many beginners.
- “Share the trail” signs: If you have trails shared by multiple activities, making clear “share the trail” signs will alert your visitors to these circumstances. You want users to be aware that they need to watch out for snowmobiles, hikers or cross country skiers. This will assure that everyone will look out for one another and minimize the occurrence of accidents.
- Speed limits: Setting speed limits or indicating “SLOW” on a sign will help control the speed of traffic. There are areas where you may prefer snowmobiles to slow down, especially if there is pedestrian traffic. Just like the “share the trail” signs, this puts snowmobile operators on notice that they need to look out for snow shoers or cross country skiers.
Our signs are brightly colored and made to stand up to winter elements. Not only will you enjoy maintaining proper warnings so you can minimize the dangers of winter sports, but the signs will last longer, too.
Always on Time Sign & Design is willing to produce safety signs for all types of winter sports in Vermont. Give us a call and let us know what you need.