Safety in the Snow

Snow surface safety and the mountain operations involved enable you to make the most of every day on the slopes. These efforts, led by Ski Patrol in partnership with Lift Operations, Lift Maintenance, Grooming, and Mountain Safety, may include avalanche mitigation, closure of specific zones, and preparation of transportation corridors that guests use to access our mountain terrain. As part of this, motorized vehicles, snowmaking, and other ski area operations may be encountered at any time.
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Avalanche Awareness

Deep piles of snow or the first warm day at the end of a stormy week are two of our favorite things, but they also might take extra attention to prepare the snow surface before we can let you have it safely.
Below, we’ve compiled a few key pointers for avalanche-prone days (those marked by rapidly changing conditions): 
  • Some terrain will be closed, either temporarily or for the day. Ski Patrol decides if they can mitigate avalanche danger (which yes, can include dynamite!), or if some zones may need to remain closed for the day.
  • Remember when venturing into steeper terrain generally (35°-45° pitch) that avalanche danger is higher. Slough (or sluff) avalanches can happen with many types of rapidly changing conditions, not just deep powder! Learn more about them here.
  • Prepare for deep snow days by taking a backcountry course.
  • Get the avalanche forecast to Know Before You Go.


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Resort Boundaries

So you want to leave the Resort and enter the backcountry? Make sure you’re prepared first. We’ve put together a list of considerations and tips on Our Multi Use Mountain page (so be sure to read it!), but below are a few key points:
  • You can be catastrophically injured or even die if you exit the Resort and are not properly prepared or educated on the risks 
  • Areas beyond the Resort’s ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Avalanches, unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards may exist.
  • If you are going to leave the Resort’s ski area and access backcountry terrain, use designated exit points via backcountry access gates only.
  • You assume the risk that you may not be able to re-enter the Resort from the backcountry terrain.
  • The Resort has no responsibility for skiers going beyond the ski area boundary.
  • Be aware: the backcountry avalanche hazard may be extreme. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, is the responsibility of local authorities. It will be costly and may take time.
  • Your safety is your responsibility.


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Snow Surface Hazard Awareness

Snow Safety Infographic
The Reward
Practicing safety in all snow conditions doesn’t just keep you going all day—it makes for a great season. Below, some highlights.

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