Mountain Safety

Before you go, know the code. Get safety tips on the mountain, the terrain parks and the snow.

Mountain Safety

Your Responsibility Code:

Heads up

The slopes at Park City Mountain Resort can be enjoyed in many ways. You may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers and riders the responsibility for a great experience.

  1. Always stay in control and 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. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by:
NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.

Know the Code - Watch the Video!

Riding The Chairlift

Warning

Snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered on any run at any time.

Helmet Usage

In a continued effort to maximize the safety and well-being of our Ski and Snowboard School guests, we are requiring all participants 17 years old and younger to wear a helmet. Helmets are available for purchase in Legacy Sports or can be rented for an additional charge of $8 at Park City Mountain Rentals or Kids Signature 3 Check-In.

Park City Mountain Resort supports and encourages our guests and employees to wear helmets while skiing and riding. For additional information visit Lidsonkids.org.

Terrain Park Safety

Freestyle Terrain is becoming more popular at resorts and proper use is important . The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards have developed the "Smart Style" Freestyle Terrain Safety initiative, a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of freestyle terrain at mountain resorts, while also delivering a unified message that is clear, concise, and effective.

The main points of Smart Style include:

Make a Plan

  • Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use.
  • Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.

Look Before You Leap

  • Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings
  • Scope around the jumps first not over them
  • Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain
  • Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
  • Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary

Easy Style It

  • Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level
  • Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up.
  • Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air
  • Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely
  • Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.

Respect Gets Respect

  • Respect the terrain and others
  • One person on a feature at a time
  • Wait your turn and call your start
  • Always clear the landing area quickly
  • Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features

Be sure you Know the Code : Your Responsibility Code provides safety tips while on the slopes. Smart Style is a terrain park specific safety program that you should check out before using terrain parks.

Smart Style Video:

For more information visit:

terrainparksafety.org

Slow Zones

Slow Zones are indicated in the Mountain Guide (trail map) and by on-slope signage. All guests are asked to slow down in the Slow Zones.

Sun Safety

For information on sun safety on the mountain visit:

Go Sun Smart

Park City Municipal Code

8- 2- 8. RECKLESS SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING PROHIBITED.
(A) DEFINITIONS.
(1) Injury. Any personal injury, death, or property damage or loss suffered by a skier, snowboarder, observer, ski area operator, ski area or other person lawfully within the boundaries of a ski area.
(2) Ski Area. Any area designated by a Ski Area Operator to be used for skiing, Nordic, freestyle, or other type of ski jumping and snowboarding, including any geographic area, terrain, and ski slopes served by a passenger ropeway.
(3) Ski Area Operator. Those persons, and their agents, officers, employees, or representatives, who operate a ski area.
(4) Skier. Any person present in a ski area for the purpose of engaging in the sport of skiing, PARK CITY MUNICIPAL CODE - TITLE 8 CRIMINAL CODE 8-11
Nordic, freestyle, or other types of ski jumping using skis, sled, tube, snowboard or any other device.
(5) Passenger Ropeway. A device, excluding an elevator, used to transport passengers along a level, inclined path by means of a haul rope or other flexible element that is driven by a power unit that remains essentially at a single location. Passenger ropeways include an aerial tramway; an aerial lift, including a detachable grip lift and chair lift; a conveyor; a funicular; a surface lift, including a J-bar, T-bar, or platter pull; and a rope tow.
(6) Ski Patrol. Those employees of a ski area who are employed to provide first aid or other medical attention to skiers injured on the mountain, or any person who as a volunteer sanctioned by the ski area carried out these functions.
(7) Snowboarder. Any person present in a ski area for the purpose of engaging in the sport of snowboarding.
(B) RECKLESS SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING PROHIBITED. No person shall ski or snowboard in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person, or so as to display a willful or wanton disregard for other persons or property. The primary duty shall be on the skier or snowboarder. Each skier or snowboarder shall be presumed to have seen and understood skier information posted near base area ski lifts, on the passenger tramways, on trail maps, and/or on such ski slopes or trails as such person is skiing or snowboarding. The duty is on the skier or snowboarder to locate and ascertain the meaning of all signs posted.
(C) SKIER’S OR SNOWBOARDER’S DUTY TO INJURED PARTY IN THE EVENT OF A COLLISION. Any skier or snowboarder involved in a collision resulting in injury to any person shall immediately stop at the scene of such collision and provide such care and treatment to any injured person as is reasonably necessary. Such assistance may include warding off other skiers while waiting for aid or contacting ski area personnel or ski patrol to advise that aid is necessary.
(D) SKIER’S OR SNOWBOARDER’S DUTY OF NOTIFICATION IN EVENT OF COLLISION. Any skier or snowboarder involved in a collision with another person in which injuries result must give his or her name, address, and phone number to a member of the ski patrol, or other employee of the ski area, before leaving the vicinity of the collision. If it is necessary to leave the vicinity in order to secure aid for an injured person, the skier or snowboarder shall give his or her name and address as required herein after such aid is secured and before leaving the ski area.
(E) PENALTY. It is a Class B misdemeanor to violate any provision of this ordinance.
(F) TRAIL BOARDS REQUIRED. Ski area operators shall post trail boards at one or more prominent locations within each ski area which shall include the duties of skiers and snowboarders and prohibition against reckless skiing and snowboarding as PARK CITY MUNICIPAL CODE - TITLE 8 CRIMINAL CODE 8-12
defined by this ordinance.
(G) ENFORCEMENT. The Park City Police Department, upon notification from a ski area operator, its designee, or an injured skier or snowboarder, shall have authority to investigate violations of this section and issue citations or make arrests.
(H) Violations of this section that occur within ski area boundaries which extend into neighboring jurisdictions shall be referred to the appropriate authority for investigation and prosecution.
(Created by Ord. No. 08-06)
8- 2- 9. SKIING IN CLOSED AREAS PROHIBITED
(A) DEFINITIONS.
(1) Ski Area. Any area designated by a ski area operator to be used for skiing, Nordic, freestyle, or other type of ski jumping or snowboarding.
(2) Ski Area Operator. Those persons, and their agents, officers, employees or representatives, who operate a ski area.
(3) Skier. Any person present in a ski area for the purpose of engaging in the sport of skiing, Nordic, freestyle, or other types of ski jumping using skis, sled, tube, snowboard or any other device.
(4) Closed Area. An area designated by the ski area operator as inaccessible by signs, ropes, flags, or other indicia of closure, including, but not limited to, the existence of nature features impeding entrance to the area. A closed area can be anywhere within a ski area.
(B) SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING IN CLOSED AREAS PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any skier or snowboarder to negligently or intentionally go onto or upon any closed area. In the event a closed area is closed from one direction, but not all directions, entering the area from the closed direction is a violation of this ordinance.
(C) PENALTY. Any person violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(D) ENFORCEMENT. The Park City Police Department, upon notification from a ski area operator, shall have authority to investigate violations of this section and issue citations or make arrests.
(Created by Ord. No. 08-05)

Alpine Coaster Safety

  • You are in control of your speed.   The coaster is an operator controlled device which presents a risk of injury to you and others, for which you may be held responsible.
  • Follow the instructions of the starter.
  • DO NOT REMOVE YOUR SEATBELT unless instructed to do so by a uniformed Park City Mountain Resort employee.
  • DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR unless instructed to do so by a uniformed Park City Mountain Resort employee.
  • Keep both hands on the brakes at all times. Do not touch the track while in motion.
  • Keep your hands and feet inside the sled at all times.  Passengers should keep both hands on the handle at all times.
  • Do not stop on the track.
  • Do not collide with other sleds.
  • When riding with a small child use extra caution.  Drivers of sleds with passengers must be at least 18 years old.
  • The coaster may close due to inclement weather. Park City Mountain Resort makes no guarantees regarding operation or shutdown due to inclement weather.
  • Use your brake at the end of the coaster track to avoid sudden deceleration or stop.
  • If you are unfamiliar or unsure about the operation of the Alpine Coaster, please ask any uniformed Park City Mountain Resort employee for additional information.

 Visit our Alpine Coaster page for additional information.

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