Safety at Snowbird
Snowbird Mountain Safety is a dedicated effort by the resort to raise awareness of on-hill safe skiing and riding. Started in December of 2013, the Snowbird Mountain Safety teams are located at various locations throughout Snowbird’s three main drainages – Gad Valley, Peruvian Gulch and Mineral Basin. This new program is an effort by Snowbird to raise awareness of safe skiing and riding including speed reduction and skiing and riding in control, especially in high-traffic areas around the mountain. Dressed in bright green jackets, the Mountain Safety staff has a noticeable on-hill presence interacting with guests, enforcing slow skiing areas, and educating people who are skiing and riding too fast or recklessly to slow down and ski and ride in control.
The Mountain Safety team’s duties are in addition to similar efforts by Snowbird Ski Patrol and Mountain Hosts. Mountain Safety team members use a variety of methods to educate guests ranging from a hand gesture letting people know they’re skiing or riding too fast to conversations with guests. In some instances, guests will lose mountain privileges and be required to meet with a member of Ski Patrol prior to regaining their ski pass.
The Skier’s Responsibility Code
- Always ski in control and be able to stop or avoid other skiers 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.
- Before loading, you must understand loading and unloading instructions as posted the lift/Tram. If you have any questions or need assistance, notify the lift operator before entering the loading area.
Utah Law provides that as a “skier” you assume the risk and accept the responsibility for injuries resulting from the inherent risks of skiing, which include, but are not limited to:
- Changing weather conditions
- Variations or steepness in terrain
- Snow or ice conditions
- Surface or subsurface conditions such as bare spots, forest growth, rocks, stumps, impact with lift towers and other structures and their components
- Collisions with other skiers, users or persons
- A skier’s failure to ski within his own ability
The various difficulty ratings are relative to the Snowbird area and cannot be compared to other ski areas. Start with green runs first. During periods of low visibility or other inclement weather and snow conditions, the degree of difficulty of the ski runs may change.
In addition to assuming the inherent risks of skiing, as a condition precedent to using Snowbird’s facilities, you assume the risk of and waive all claims for liability against Snowbird arising out of an injury or damage you receive while using any of Snowbird’s facilities, including injury, death or damaged caused by the negligence or other misconduct of Snowbird and it’s agents and employees. If you cannot assume these risks, do not use the Snowbird ski area or its facilities, or contact Ski Patrol.
Terrain features, both natural and man-made, are not designed for inverted aerial moves. Inverted moves are not recommended. Perform them at your own risk.
Uphill Travel Policy and Guidelines
- The mountain will be closed to uphill travel during winter and spring resort operating hours. This means that uphill travel (i.e. hiking, snowshoeing, skinning, etc.) is prohibited during operating hours.
- The mountain will be closed to uphill travel during avalanche control work, mountain setup and other Mountain Operations activities. Mountain closures are readily identified by flip signs displayed CLOSED AVALANCHE DANGER and rope lines to prevent uphill travel at the base of the mountain.
- Snowbird will allow uphill travel during non-operating hours when avalanche/closed flip signs display SKI WITH CAUTION and rope lines at the base of the mountain are open.
These policies are needed to address the increase in uphill travel and related safety concerns when downhill skiers and riders encounter uphill travelers on the mountain.
For information on current status of uphill travel, contact the Snowbird switchboard by dialing '0' on any in-house phone, or by dialing (801) 933-2222.
For other questions regarding mountain closures, contact Mountain Operations during normal business hours at (801) 933-2130 or extension 4130.
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