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Mountain Safety

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Mountain Safety

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Snowbasin Resort cares about safety on the mountain and we hope you do too. Join our SAFERmtn community and help create a safe and fun experience for everyone. 

Important Phone Numbers

Base Area Assistance: Public Safety & Security 801-620-1070

General Information: Snowbasin Front Desk 801-620-1000

Summer Patrol & Base Area Assistance

During the summer, ski patrol is located in the base area when we are open on the weekends. If there is an emergency outside of our operating hours, please call 911. Snowbasin Public Safety & Security is available for assistance in the base area. You can contact them at 801-620-1070.


Learn how to stay safe on the mountain this summer by clicking the topics below:

Since 1940, Snowbasin has provided access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle for all those who choose to adventure at the resort. The safety, health, and well-being of our employees, guests, and the community have always been of the utmost importance. We remain committed to continually monitoring and adjusting our protocols and procedures based on the current state and local guidelines to ensure that everyone can enjoy all that our resort has to offer. We ask in return that all skiers and riders be responsible, treat each other with respect, be considerate, and know and comply with Your Responsibility Code, Snowbasin Courtesy Code and Utah state law.

Join our SAFERmtn Community that chooses to be Smart, Alert, Focused, Educated and Respectful while exploring and enjoying the resort this season! Ski and Ride RAD so that we can all #RideAnotherDay!

Important Phone Numbers

Mountain Emergency: Ski Patrol Dispatch 801-620-1017
Base Area Assistance: Public Safety & Security 801-710-5501
General Information: Snowbasin Front Desk 801-620-1000

Your Responsibility Code

Last winter the National Ski Area Association introduced an updated Your Responsibility Code to better encompass all the ways to stay safe on the slopes this season. It is your responsibility to know the code and abide by it as you adventure on the mountain. 

  1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
  2. People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
  3. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
  4. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
  5. You must prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
  7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  8. You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
  9. Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs. 
  10. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.

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Mountain User Responsibility Code

The Snowbasin Mountain User Responsibility Code was established to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the mountain while protecting this great outdoor space. Please beware of risks while mountain biking, hiking and participating in any other recreational activities on the mountain. Help create a great trail experience for everyone by observing these rules and precautions: 

  • Trails are not patrolled - For emergencies call 911
  • No smoking or any open flames at any time
  • Do not approach or harass wildlife, and beware of rattlesnakes
  • Do not litter
  • No horses or motorized vehicles
  • Always be prepared for unpredictable weather changes
  • Stay off trails when wet
  • Approach intersections with caution and beware of maintenance vehicles on the road
  • Plan to be off the mountain before dark
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times and must be cleaned up after
  • Travel with a friend
  • Helmets are required for lift-accessed mountain biking
  • Be prepared for possible trail closures due to construction, maintenance or events

Mountain Biker's Responsibility Code

  • STAY IN CONTROL. You're responsible or avoiding objects and people. 
  • KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
  • PROTECT YOURSELF. Use an appropriate bike, helmet and protective equipment. 
  • INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT. Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
  • BE LIFT SMART. Know how to load, ride and unload lifts safely. Ask if you need help.
  • INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly. 
  • OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated. 
  • BE VISIBLE. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing or are not visible. 
  • LOOK AND YIELD TO OTHERS. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead. 
  • COOPERATE. If involved in or witness an incident, identify yourself to staff.

Snowbasin Courtesy Code

The Snowbasin Courtesy Code is designed to maintain the spirit of respect that Snowbasin staff works on each day with its award-winning service standard.  We recognize that the passion of our guests can sometimes go too far, and unfortunately conflicts or errors in judgment take place. It is never acceptable at Snowbasin to break the rules and hurt others through our actions. This includes verbal abuse that has become all too prevalent in today’s society. 

At Snowbasin, respect and kindness are in our DNA.  It’s what we work towards and train on each day. While we commit to delivering exceptional kindness and service, we ask our guests to do the same. We want all guests and employees to come to Snowbasin and enjoy the resort and not worry about someone else’s actions causing them harm. Below are some things that can result in expulsion from the resort and loss of guest privileges:

  • No outside alcoholic beverages and no open containers in areas other than restaurants.
  • No consumption of tobacco or marijuana on property, including in lift lines, while riding lifts or in other public places.
  • Offensive language, including profanity is not allowed.
  • Acting in a threatening way with staff or other guests is strictly prohibited.
  • Shouting, making a scene and refusing to obey Snowbasin's direction on a particular policy are not allowed.
  • Utilizing someone else’s pass is strictly prohibited and can result in season suspension of both the pass user and owner of the pass.
  • Littering and vandalism on resort property are not tolerated.

Environmental Code

While enjoying Snowbasin, please "tread lightly" and respect our mountain environment. Leave nothing on the mountain except your footprints; take nothing away except your memories. We thank you for helping keep Snowbasin beautiful. Please remember:

  • Wildlife is wild. Do not approach or harass any wild animals you may encounter.
  • Do not pick wildflowers, and do not litter.
  • Avoid trail erosion by riding smoothly and not skidding switchbacks.
  • Absolutely no smoking or campfires on the mountain.

Please remember that we are both stewards of the Forest Service land we contractually manage with them and a private business. It is our responsibility to create an equitable, safe and respectful place to recreate and enjoy these precious mountains.

Code Violations

Actions that detract from the experience of others may be considered a violation of the Responsibility, Courtesy or Environmental Codes. The codes will be enforced by all resort personnel. Consequences for violations will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of resort management and could result in suspension of guest privileges.

Mountain biking offers a wide range of challenges and adventures, from easy cruising on gentle slopes to fast single-track descents and rigorous climbs. Regardless of what type of terrain you select, there are elements of risk in mountain biking that common sense and personal awareness can reduce but not eliminate. Help create a great trail experience for everyone by observing these rules and precautions outlined by the National Ski Area Association.

ALWAYS: 

  1. STAY IN CONTROL. You're responsible or avoiding objects and people. 
  2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
  3. PROTECT YOURSELF. Use an appropriate bike, helmet and protective equipment. 
  4. INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT. Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
  5. BE LIFT SMART. Know how to load, ride and unload lifts safely. Ask if you need help.
  6. INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly. 
  7. OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated. 
  8. BE VISIBLE. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing or are not visible. 
  9. LOOK AND YIELD TO OTHERS. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead. 
  10. COOPERATE. If involved in or witness an incident, identify yourself to staff. 

Know and follow the code. It's your responsibility.

Nothing quite compares to the summer fun you can experience on the mountain. However, before you explore, there are things every hiker, biker and sightseer should do to prepare. 

Check the Weather

Utah weather is notorious for keeping you on your toes, and summers on the mountain are no different. Weather can change rapidly within just a matter of minutes. Be prepared with the appropriate gear for rain, hail, snow and sun. 

Dress for Success

Once you've checked the weather, dress accordingly. When biking, always wear a helmet. Having the right shoes can make a world of difference when exploring the trails. For a short hike, trail shoes or sneakers will be great. However, if you plan to trek into more extensive terrain, hiking boots are the way to go. Dress in layers to ensure you adjust to the varying weather patterns and activity. Avoid cotton as it does little to wick moisture from your skin and is slow to dry. Bag check services are located at the entrance of our base area to securely stash your extra goodies.

Know Where You Are

Grab a trail map or familiarize yourself with a digital map to know where you are on the mountain. Make sure you pay attention to signage and know Your Responsibility Code before hitting the trails.

Stay Hydrated

It is easy to get dehydrated in the summer sun. Be sure to pack enough water and drink frequently while exploring the trails. A general rule is to consume one-half liter of water per hour of moderate activity. Plan to bring more when venturing in high temperatures or more strenuous trails. 

Wear Sunscreen

Summer at high altitudes means significant sun exposure. Sunscreen is essential for the on-mountain activity of your choice. This includes lip protectant with SPF, as well. Don’t forget the underside of your nose!

Bring Your Medication

If you need an inhaler or have severe allergies, make sure you bring your medication with you in case you might need it.

Ask a Local!

Don’t be afraid to ask. We are here to make sure you have a safe, fun day on the mountain.

Did You Forget Something?

Check out the Grizzly Center to gear up!

E-Bikes

The use of electric bikes is allowed only within the Snowbasin Resort boundary, labeled on the summer trail map. Due to the weight of these bikes, guests must be able to load them onto Needles Gondola themselves without Snowbasin staff assistance. The US Forest Service has designated e-bikes as motorized vehicles and does not permit them on their trails outside Snowbasin Resort. These trails include Sardine Peak, Wheeler Canyon, East Fork and Middle Fork. Please use caution if transitioning from Snowbasin Resort trails to US Forest Service Trails to adhere to USFS policies.

Drone/Unmanned Aerial System Policy

Due to safety and privacy concerns, we prohibit the operation or use on or above Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public — including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists. Commercial photography crews may receive approval on an individual basis with prior written authorization from Snowbasin Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries. This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Resort property, as well as any launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact a Snowbasin Resort representative if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any such devices within the resort’s boundary area.

Any authorized operation of drones on or above Resort property will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and/or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by this Resort, which may include

certification requirements, evidence of training completion, insurance coverage documentation, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.

Any violation of this policy may result in any/all of the following: suspension of your access privileges to the Resort; the revocation of your season pass; confiscation of any prohibited equipment. Violators may also be subject to primary liability for damages; including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and/or property, as well as legal defense costs.

The following skiing, riding, and sliding devices are allowed on the lifts and the mountain. Please note that not all devices are allowed on all lifts and that homemade equipment is not permitted.

Skis: Allowed with a working brake binding system or a retention device (must be worn while riding the slopes.)

Snowboards: Allowed with a retention device (snowboard bindings considered a device; leash preferred.)

Telemark Skis: Allowed with a retention device (must be worn while riding the slopes) or a working brake system.

Monoskis/Sit-Ski: Allowed with a working brake system or retention device (must be worn while riding the slopes) Cannot load on Becker, and Porcupine chairlifts.

Snowblades: Allowed with a retention device (must be worn while riding the slopes.)

Ski Bikes/Snowbikes: Allowed under following the parameters:

  • The bike must have no more than two (2) skis, these skis must be under 150mm at their widest points.
  • Must have metal edges on skis.
  • Must have seat.
  • Only one (1) rider per bike.
  • Must be designed to load lift without slowing or stopping.
  • Must be loaded within envelope/capacity of chair; bike counts as a rider on chairlift.
  • No homemade bikes.
  • Must wear a leash at all times (on lifts and on slope.)
  • Cannot load Becker or Porcupine chairlifts.
  • May be restricted in certain areas and on other lifts for safety reasons.

Snowdecks: Allowed, but must have metal edges and a leash (must be worn while riding the slopes and chairlifts.)

Snow Trikes: Are allowed under the supervision of an Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports instructor and under following the parameters. To set up a session contact 801-695-7074.

  • Must have metal edges on skis.
  • Only one (1) rider per trike.
  • Must be designed to load lift without slowing or stopping.
  • Must be loaded within envelope/capacity of chair; bike counts as a rider on chairlift.
  • No homemade trikes.
  • Must wear a leash at all times (on lifts and on slope.)
  • Cannot load Becker or Porcupine chairlifts.
  • May be restricted in certain areas and on other lifts for safety reasons.


Devices not allowed on Snowbasin Lifts or Slopes are:

  • Anything that is homemade
  • Non factory made ski bikes
  • Snow-Gos (with the exception of Adapt lesson use)
  • Snow Skates or Mini Ski Skates
  • Sled dogs
  • Snowshoes
  • Plastic snowboards
  • Snow sleds of any style including tubes, body sleds and toboggans (with the exception of Ski Patrol Toboggans)
  • Ghosky
  • Air Board
  • Dual Boad

This list is subject to change at any time during our operating season and special considerations may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Backpack Policy

For everyone’s safety, transporting a child in a backpack or a front pack is not allowed.

Drone/Unmanned Aerial System Policy

Due to safety and privacy concerns, we prohibit the operation or use on or above Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public — including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists. Commercial photography crews may receive approval on an individual basis with prior written authorization from Snowbasin Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries. This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Resort property, as well as any launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact a Snowbasin Resort representative if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any such devices within the resort’s boundary area.

Any authorized operation of drones on or above Resort property will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and/or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by this Resort, which may include
certification requirements, evidence of training completion, insurance coverage documentation, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.

Any violation of this policy may result in any/all of the following: suspension of your access privileges to the Resort; the revocation of your season pass; confiscation of any prohibited equipment. Violators may also be subject to primary liability for damages; including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and/or property, as well as legal defense costs.

Your Responsibility Code

In 2022 National Ski Area Association introduced their updated Your Responsibility Code to better encompass all the ways to stay safe on the slopes. The 2022 version of Your Responsibility Code has grown from seven points to 10. It is your responsibility to know the code and abide by it as you adventure on the mountain. 

1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
2. People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
3. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
4. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
5. You must prevent runaway equipment.
6. Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
8. You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
9. Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
10. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.

Learn more here.

Snowbasin Courtesy Code

The Snowbasin Courtesy Code is designed to maintain the spirit of respect that Snowbasin staff works on each day with its award-winning service standard.  We recognize that the passion of our guests can sometimes go too far and unfortunately conflicts or errors in judgment take place. It is never acceptable at Snowbasin to break the rules and hurt others through our actions.  At Snowbasin, RESPECT and KINDNESS is in our DNA.  It’s what we work towards and train on each day.  While we commit to delivering exceptional kindness and service, we ask our guests to do the same.  We want all guests and employees to come to Snowbasin and enjoy the resort and not worry about someone else’s actions causing them harm. The standards listed below are not exhaustive, but they are the most prevalent behaviors that generate guest complaints, dissatisfaction and/or injury. These behaviors are not permitted at Snowbasin and depending on severity, may result in the application of the Three Strikes Program or immediate loss of pass privileges.

  • Failure to abide by the 10 points of Your Responsibility Code
  • Line cutting
  • Malicious throwing – snowballs or any other items/objects that may cause bodily or property damage
  • Malicious spraying of others
  • No outside alcoholic beverages and no open containers in areas other than restaurants
  • No consumption of tobacco or marijuana on property, including in lift lines, while riding lifts or in other public places
  • Failure to observe posted closures and warning signs
  • Excessive speed in slow zones and in congested areas (family zones, slow zones, lift mazes, base areas)
  • Shouting, making a scene, and failing to abide by the directions of resort personnel
  • Violation of Federal, State or County statutes, codes or ordinances
    • Littering and vandalism of resort property is not tolerated
    • Theft of resort or individual’s property, including ticket/pass fraud is prohibited
    • Unlawful consumption of drugs or alcohol 
    • Acting in a threatening way, including but not limited to, verbal or physical assault towards employees or other guests
    • Public nudity or indecency
    • Hit and run skiing and/or riding
    • Skiing/riding in a closed area or closed avalanche area

Code Violations

Actions that detract from the experience of others may be considered a violation of the Your Responsibility or Courtesy Codes. Both codes will be enforced by all resort personnel. If any Snowbasin personnel finds you in violation of Your Responsibility Code or Snowbasin Guest Courtesy Code, it may result in loss of skiing privileges without any claim for reimbursement of expense or cost. Ski Patrol and Mountain Safety teams are dedicated to educating, enforcing these codes, and protecting our most vulnerable skier populations throughout the resort including the family and slow zones. Guests may have passes pulled for excessive fast skiing/riding in the family and slow zones; this is not a statement of their ability. Our beginning skier/rider guests are challenged and endangered by the behavior of those who move through these zones with excessive speed and no regard for space. This is not something we take lightly and “owe it” to everyone around us to create a safe environment. We urge you to respect others by knowing and following Your Responsibility Code while skiing and riding RAD!

The following approach based on severity and escalation determines the consequences of violations. First time violations of mild severity will likely result in education and a warning. Relatively minor violations where the guest’s response escalates the situation may result in a higher degree of consequences. More severe and subsequent documented violations will result in privilege suspensions up to and including revocation of lift tickets and season passes, and in the event of violation of statute/law, referral to law enforcement.

  • 1st violation/strike is usually accompanied by a warning and continued privileges, depending on the nature of violation and attitude displayed.
  • 2nd violation/strike is accompanied with discipline. Tickets generally are revoked, and season passes are suspended for a minimum of 14 days.
  • 3rd violation/strike may result in ticket revocation and indefinite suspension of ability to purchase tickets. Passes may be suspended indefinitely.

Skiing in Closed areas is a violation of county ordinances and will result in 30-day loss of pass privileges on first offense.  Repeated violations will result in permanent loss of pass privileges and /or citation from local law enforcement.

Employees are held to a higher standard; code of conduct violations or illegal activities will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Snowbasin Resort reserves the right to revoke guest privileges for violations to the Courtesy Code. Please remember that we are both stewards of the Forest Service land we contractually manage with them and a private business. It is our responsibility to create an equitable, safe and respectful place to recreate and enjoy these precious mountains.

Inherent Risk

NO SKIER MAY MAKE ANY CLAIM AGAINST, OR RECOVER FROM, ANY SKI AREA OPERATIONS FOR INJURY RESULTING FROM ANY OF THE INHERENT RISKS OF SKIING.

“INHERENT RISKS OF SKIING” MEANS THOSE DANGERS OR CONDITIONS WHICH ARE AN INTREGAL PART OF THE SPORT OF RECREATIONAL, COMPETITIVE, OR PROFESSIONAL SKIING, INCLUDING:

  • Changing weather conditions
  • Snow or ice conditions as the snow or ice conditions exist or may change, including hard pack, powder, packed powder, wind pack, corn, crust, slush, cut-up snow, or machine-made snow
  • Surface or subsurface conditions, including bare spots, forest growth, rocks, stumps, streambeds, cliffs, trees, or other natural objects
  • Variations or steepness in terrain, whether natural or as a result of slope design, snowmaking or grooming operations, or other terrain modifications, including:
    1. Terrain parks
    2. Terrain features, including jumps, rails, or fun boxes
    3. All other constructed and natural features, including half pipes, quarter pipes, or freestyler-bump terrain
  • Impact with lift towers, other structures, or their components, including signs, posts, fences or enclosures, hydrants, or water pipes
  • Collisions with other skiers
  • Participation in, or practicing or training for, competitions or special events
  • Failure of a skier to ski within the skier’s own ability

“Injury” means any personal injury or property damage or loss.

“Minor” means an individual who is under 18 years old.

“Skier” means an individual present in a ski area for the purpose of engaging in the sport of skiing, Nordic, freestyle, or other types of ski jumping, or using skis, a sled, a tube, a snowboard, or any other device.

“Ski Area” means any area designated by a ski area operator to be used for skiing, Nordic, freestyle or other type of ski jumping, or snowboarding.

“Ski Area Operator” means a person that operates a ski area and includes an agent, an officer, an employee, or a representative of the person that operates a ski area.

UTAH CODE ANN. 78B-4-402 (2020)


Ski & Ride RAD!

Snowbasin is a proud partner of the SNOWANGEL Foundation, which was created by Kelli and Chauncy Johnson in 2023 to transform the culture of skiing and snowboarding into a safety-oriented community. 

Together, we are bringing awareness to you, our valued guest, about how to avoid collisions by Skiing and Riding RAD so that we all can #RideAnotherDay

R - be READY - to stop at any time

A - be ALERT - to avoid others 

D - DISTANCE - yourself appropriately 

Other ways you can ski or ride RAD are by looking out for those who are just beginning to learn; slow down and give them plenty of room. Be mindful of your speed and space - everyone gets 15 feet!

Watch this video to learn about what the Johnsons have to say about collision safety!

Learn more about this lifesaving campaign here. To learn more about the  SNOWANGEL Foundation, click here



Lift Safety

Using a chairlift or gondola while hiking, mountain biking or sightseeing is an exceptionally safe and secure mode of transportation. Nonetheless, incidents and accidents can happen – especially when people are unaware of loading, riding and unloading procedures. Educate your children about loading, riding and unloading lifts. Be sure to emphasize courteous behavior and utilize these Tips for Responsible Lift Use to get your points across. Lift safety and personal responsibility should be discussed prior to hitting the slopes or using a lift.

Please visit the Kids On Lifts website for more information on educating your children.

American National Standard for Passenger Ropeways

American National Standard for Passenger Ropeways recognizes that certain dangers and risks are inherent in machines of this type, and their operation. It is also recognized that inherent and other risks or dangers exist for those who are in the process of loading, riding or unloading from lifts, tows or conveyors. Passengers accept the risks inherent in such participation of which the ordinary prudent person is or should be aware.

Passengers shall use good judgement and act in a responsible manner while using the ropeway, tow or conveyor, including:

  • Participating in the loading, riding, and unloading processes in such a manner as to reduce risks for themselves and others;
  • Obeying all written and oral instructions and warnings;
  • Refraining from using the lift, tow or conveyor while under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Properly use the lift, tow or conveyor and equipment package provided.

All passengers who use a lift, tow or conveyor shall be responsible for their own loading, riding, and unloading. They shall be presumed to have sufficient ability, physical dexterity, and/or personal assistance to negotiate and be evacuated safely. Passengers shall maintain control of their speed and course while loading and unloading. A passenger shall get on and off at designated areas. No passenger shall load the lift without first understanding and observing the proper loading, riding, and unloading procedures.

Passengers, while riding a ropeway, tow or conveyor, shall not throw or expel therefrom any object, nor shall any passenger do any act or thing that shall interfere with the operation. Passengers shall not willfully engage in any type of conduct that may contribute to or cause injury to any other person.

Please read and observe all signs. Ask for instructions if needed.

American National Standard for Passenger Ropeways

American National Standard for Passenger Ropeways recognizes that certain dangers and risks are inherent in machines of this type, and their operation. It is also recognized that inherent and other risks or dangers exist for those who are in the process of loading, riding or unloading from lifts, tows or conveyors. Passengers accept the risks inherent in such participation of which the ordinary prudent person is or should be aware.

Passengers shall use good judgement and act in a responsible manner while using the ropeway, tow or conveyor, including:

  • Participating in the loading, riding, and unloading processes in such a manner as to reduce risks for themselves and others;
  • Obeying all written and oral instructions and warnings;
  • Refraining from using the lift, tow or conveyor while under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Properly use the lift, tow or conveyor and equipment package provided.

All passengers who use a lift, tow or conveyor shall be responsible for their own loading, riding, and unloading. They shall be presumed to have sufficient ability, physical dexterity, and/or personal assistance to negotiate and be evacuated safely. Passengers shall maintain control of their speed and course while loading and unloading.A passenger shall get on and off at designated areas. No passenger shall load the lift without first understanding and observing the proper loading, riding, and unloading procedures.

Passengers, while riding a ropeway, tow or conveyor, shall not throw or expel therefrom any object, nor shall any passenger do any act or thing that shall interfere with the operation. Passengers shall not willfully engage in any type of conduct that may contribute to or cause injury to any other person.

Please read and observe all signs and check out this fun instructional video to learn more about loading safely. Always ask for additional instructions if needed. We are here to help!

Slow Zones and the Family Zone

Skiers and riders of various abilities merge in these areas which are indicated on the trail map. Going the appropriate speed for the skier/rider density and providing others with adequate space is very important in these areas. Please observe the posted “SLOW” and “FAMILY ZONE” signs and travel at the same speed, or slower, than other guests utilizing the trails in these areas.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with Slow Zones and remember to always stay in control. People ahead of you have the right of way, it is your responsibility to be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

The Family Zone starts at the top of Bear Hollow, winds down through Snow Shoe, and continues on down Powder Puff to the base area. Higher-level skiers/riders are encouraged to avoid these runs in order to provide families and lower ability skiers/riders with the opportunity to improve their skills while avoiding uncomfortable situations.

The Mountain Safety Team and Ski Patrol will be monitoring these areas to help educate and encourage responsible skiing/riding. Out of control and reckless skiing/riding or actions that detract from the experience of others may be considered a violation of the Your Responsibility or Courtesy Codes. Both codes will be enforced by resort personnel. Consequences for violations may include suspension of resort privileges.

Restricted Access Terrain

Snowbasin Resort contains many acres of potential avalanche terrain. An “avalanche area” is a portion of the ski resort that contains steep terrain, cliffs, and other natural hazards. As the name would imply, these portions of the resort are subject to extreme weather, and possible avalanches. Avalanche Areas within the ski area boundary are delineated by rope lines with orange and black octagonal signs stating “Avalanche Area DANGER enter through gates only”.

The Avalanche Area rope lines are strategically placed to help keep our guests and resort employees safe. These rope lines allow Ski Patrol to perform avalanche reduction work without having to close the entire resort and allow Snowbasin Resort to keep the lifts and trails open during stormy weather. It is your responsibility to stay out of closed areas.

If you choose to ski and ride within these areas here’s what you need to know:

  • Avalanche reduction measures within the ski area boundary reduce but DO NOT eliminate the risk of avalanches.
  • Avalanche areas within the resort are rated as double black diamond terrain and are suited for EXPERTS ONLY. You should expect to encounter rocks, cliffs, avalanche debris, and other natural and manmade hazards that are not marked by ski patrol. These areas are not groomed and may have challenging snow conditions. There is no easy way down.
  • ONLY enter through an “Open” Area Access Gate. NEVER cross under the rope. Avalanche Areas open and close depending upon conditions. Using the gate is the only way to ensure the area is open.


Entering into a closed area is a violation of local laws and can result in fines and the loss of skiing privileges. Remember your responsibility code: Obey All Posted Signs. Once through the gate please stay on the established track until you decide to go down. This helps create a better skiing and riding experience for everyone. Never hike above a rope line to gain access to an Avalanche Area.

The Snowbasin Ski Patrol wants you to have a fun and adventurous experience on the mountain. It is our goal to provide you with as much open terrain as possible. By following these guidelines, together we can make it the best day ever!

For more information on avalanche awareness and current status, visit Utah Avalanche Center’s website.

Area Boundary

The Area Boundary of Snowbasin Resort is indicated on the trail map and marked on the mountain using red signs with a white print. Travel beyond these signs is not recommended. Any persons doing so are responsible for their own safety. Rescue response outside the Area Boundary may be prolonged and at the person’s own expense.

The Snowbasin Ski Patrol and resort employees are focused on providing the best experience possible for guests of Snowbasin Resort. Many resources and hours of work are committed to reducing the risk of avalanche, marking hazards, and other risk reduction efforts within the Area Boundary of Snowbasin Resort. Traveling beyond the Area Boundary signs means you are leaving the area of services provided by Snowbasin Resort including avalanche reduction efforts and patrol services. Persons who travel beyond the Area Boundary may encounter dramatically different conditions immediately upon leaving the Area Boundary. It is your responsibility to look for Area Boundary signs and to know where you are at all times. Individuals who travel beyond the Area Boundary shall accept the risks and be prepared for self-rescue. Rescue response beyond the Area Boundary may require the assistance of local authorities.

Rescue efforts may be prolonged and at the individual’s expense. Individuals needing assistance outside the Area Boundary of Snowbasin Resort should contact 911.

Freestyle Terrain Safety

Our terrain parks can contain jumps, boxes, rails and other man-made features. Orange signs and fencing identify these types of terrain on the mountain. It is important to follow the “Smart Style” safety guidelines when entering this terrain:

  • Start Small: Work your way up. Build your skills.
  • Make a Plan: Every feature. Every time.
  • Always Look: Before you drop.
  • Respect: The features and other users.
  • Take It Easy: Know your limits. Land on your feet.


Please visit the Terrain Park Safety website for a comprehensive look at the Smart Style program.

Snowshoe Adventure Zone

An educational adventure zone for families and kids was added within the Snowshoe Run and adjacent gladed terrain. Visit this for special skier safety information and discover fun educational exhibits.


Code Violations

Actions that detract from the experience of others may be considered a violation of the Your Responsibility or Courtesy Codes. Both codes will be enforced by all resort personnel. If any Snowbasin personnel finds you in violation of Your Responsibility Code or Snowbasin Guest Courtesy Code, it may result in loss of skiing privileges without any claim for reimbursement of expense or cost. Ski Patrol and Mountain Safety teams are dedicated to educating, enforcing these codes, and protecting our most vulnerable skier populations throughout the resort including the family and slow zones. Guests may have passes pulled for excessive fast skiing/riding in the family and slow zones; this is not a statement of their ability. Our beginning skier/rider guests are challenged and endangered by the behavior of those who move through these zones with excessive speed and no regard for space. This is not something we take lightly and “owe it” to everyone around us to create a safe environment. We urge you to respect others by knowing and following Your Responsibility Code while skiing and riding RAD!

 

The following approach based on severity and escalation determines the consequences of violations. First time violations of mild severity will likely result in education and a warning. Relatively minor violations where the guest’s response escalates the situation may result in a higher degree of consequences. More severe and subsequent documented violations will result in privilege suspensions up to and including revocation of lift tickets and season passes, and in the event of violation of statute/law, referral to law enforcement.

  • 1st violation/strike is usually accompanied by a warning and continued privileges, depending on the nature of violation and attitude displayed.
  • 2nd violation/strike is accompanied with discipline. Tickets generally are revoked, and season passes are suspended for a minimum of 14 days.
  • 3rd violation/strike may result in ticket revocation and indefinite suspension of ability to purchase tickets. Passes may be suspended indefinitely.

 

Skiing in Closed areas is a violation of county ordinances and will result in 30-day loss of pass privileges on first offense.  Repeated violations will result in permanent loss of pass privileges and /or citation from local law enforcement.

 

Employees are held to a higher standard; code of conduct violations or illegal activities will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

 

Snowbasin Resort reserves the right to revoke guest privileges for violations to the Courtesy Code. Please remember that we are both stewards of the Forest Service land we contractually manage with them and a private business. It is our responsibility to create an equitable, safe and respectful place to recreate and enjoy these precious mountains.



Uphill Travel

Our popular Uphill Travel Access Pass is back for another season. The pass is required to participate in uphill travel at Snowbasin Resort. This ensures all participants sign the annual waiver, acknowledging they understand the route and policies. Additionally, Snowbasin has added a "Yellow" uphill status to increase access on days with upper mountain activity.
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Here at Snowbasin, January is dedicated to promoting skier and rider responsibility and mountain safety. We join other resorts from across the country to promote increased awareness of Lift Safety, #RideAnotherDay with the Snow Angel Foundation, Avalanche Awareness and Helmet Safety. Each weekend in January, visit our Safety Month Activation Areas to learn more about how Snowbasin and our partners promote safety culture and pick up some cool SWAG!

Weekend Safety Activations

  • January 6 &7 - Lift Safety: Know the ropes!
  • January 13, 14 & 15 – Collison Awareness & Prevention – Ski & Ride R.A.D. with the Snow Angel Foundation!
  • January 20 & 21 – Avalanche Awareness & Rescue – Know before you go!
  • January 27 & 28 – Helmet Safety – Put a lid on it with Intermountain Health & Save a Brain!

Other Safety Month Activities

  • Snowbasin Kid’s Safety Poster Contest – This month-long contest is for kids ages 5-11 to participate in designing a poster that promotes one or more of the 10 points of the Your Responsibility Code OR one or more of the 5 points of the ParkSMART Elements. Turn in posters by January 31, 2024, at the Learning Center Desk.  A Snowbasin 2024-25 Youth Season Pass will be awarded in each category - Best Overall Safety Message OR Most Creative Design. Pick up your poster entry sheet in the Learning Center or download it here.
  • R.A.D. Raffle – Those participating in R.A.D. Safety conversations with Mountain Safety & Guest Services Host; and are willing to take the Pledge to Ski and Ride R.A.D. will be entered into a drawing for 5 fabulous prizes to be drawn at the end of January.