Safety at Snowbird
Uphill Travel/Hiking Policy and Guidelines
Due to an increase in uphill hiking, skinning and biking, Snowbird is implementing a new uphill travel policy effective February 1, 2015. Skinning, splitboarding and biking are not allowed at Snowbird during winter and spring operating seasons. Unauthorized uphill travel also includes hiking without a Snowbird guide. To arrange a Snowbird guide for uphill hiking call the Snowbird Activity Center at (801) 933-2147 at least 24 hours in advance. Hiking without a Snowbird guide is not permitted during winter and spring operating hours.
Use of Aerial Drones
Aerial Drone use is prohibited without prior written Snowbird approval.
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 yellow 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.
"Go with the flow." Slow down when other are around you. Respect each other's space and speed.
Go too fast - lose your pass: Certain areas on the mountain indicated by blue or green designations on the trail map and reinforced by slow signs are Slow Skiing areas. Please ski or snowboard slowly in these areas at all times.
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.
Ski Area Boundary Notice
Ski Area Boundaries are closed except at designated Forest Service Backcountry exit access points. The exit access points are at the base of the Mineral Basin Express Chairlift and off the Thunder Alley ski run, uphill from the base of the Baby Thunder Lift. Avalanche danger and other life threatening hazards exist beyond the ski area boundary. If you choose to leave the ski area, you are solely responsible for your safely. No ski patrol or avalanche reduction. Rescue by Salt Lake County Search and Rescue - call 911.
Risk of Avalanche Warning
Avalanche hazard reduction measures within the ski area boundaries help reduce the risk of avalanches, but cannot eliminate the possibility of an avalanche occurring in avalanche prone areas and runout zones open for skiing.
For other questions regarding mountain closures, contact Mountain Operations during normal business hours at (801) 933-2130 or extension 4130.
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