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The Mountain safety section was created to provide you with information that will help you enjoy your Snowbasin Resort vacation safely while maximizing fun on the mountain. Remember to always Ski and Snowboard within your means and to be aware of the people around you. To find out more about ways to stay safe click on any of the tabs below:
Snowbasin's Ski Patrol is a full-time, professional organization trained in emergency first aid and skilled in advanced mountaineering and skiing techniques. Ski Patrol members will be present on the mountain anytime our lifts are operating during ski seasons. We have Ski Patrol stations at John Paul Lodge, top of Porcupine Lift, Needles Lodge, top of Strawberry Express Gondola and near the Grizzly Center in the Main Plaza. Remember, Safety Begins With You:
Kids: Know the Code! Find a Ski Patrol member, tell them one point from the responsibility code, and get a Snowbasin Avalanche Dog Card. Collect all five cards!
Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you might see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country or other specialized equipment such as that used by the disabled. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
In our commitment to safety, Snowbasin is pleased to present our Avalanche Rescue Training Center. Built in cooperation with Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and the "Are You Beeping" and "Stay On Top Of It" public awareness campaigns, the center offers backcountry enthusiasts an opportunity to sharpen their rescue skills in the safety of a controlled environment. Located at the top of LIttle Cat lift (at the base, the Avalanche Rescue Training Center allows users to practice finding one to four buried "targets" in the snow using their avalanche transceivers (provided by user) and probes (provided by Snowbasin). A flashing light and siren indicate when a target has been found, and the rescue time is recorded. The training facility is free to the public and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Backcountry skiing can be exhilarating, but also very dangerous. Without the avalanche control teams like at the resorts, backcountry snow terrain can quickly give way, starting an avalanche. Although there is no sure fire way to stay out of trouble while backcountry skiing, here are some tips that can help you "stay on top of it!"
Snow and weather conditions can change quickly. Avalanche gates open and close accordingly for your safety. Never enter a closed area. You may lose your pass or receive a citation from Weber County Sheriff (class B misdemeanor). If you are unsure about terrain access, please contact the Ski Patrol. In case of emergency call 911.
As Partners in Recreation with the US Forest Service, Snowbasin’s Uphill Travel Policy allows access for uphill travelers. Across the country, increasing uphill traffic within ski area boundaries has driven the implementation of uphill policies. While uphill travel within ski area boundaries may seem innocuous, it poses “significant” safety risks and concerns for uphill and downhill recreationalists, ski area operations and ski area staff. For this reason, uphill travel is not permitted in any fashion at many ski areas. Snowbasin’s policy reflects our commitment to seek a balance between mitigating safety concerns of uphill travel as a recreational use within the downhill ski area/Special Use Permit area with the reasonable needs of operating a sustainable and successful alpine ski area, for which we have been granted a Special Use Permit from the US Forest Service.
Snowbasin continues to work closely with the Ogden Ranger District, Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest and local organizations, to build awareness and provide public education regarding uphill travel and recreational uses. Our Goal is to find a reasonable balance between and among user groups who share a common interest in recreating within the Snowbasin Special Permit area in a non-confrontational and sustainable manner while establishing safety rules for users designed to reduce the hazards and dangers related to such usage.
Uphill travel by the way of foot, snowshoes, trax, or skis is not allowed between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm except on the designated Strawberry route.
Safety considerations, maintenance or operational requirements, grooming operations, snowmaking operations, special events, avalanche hazard reduction work, wildlife or resource considerations, or construction, may cause public risk management issues to exist. To protect the public from potential hazards that may exist, prior to the opening of the ski season and post season, the ski area is authorized, with Forest Service pre-approval, to close areas subject to those potential hazards and to post signs at typical uphill access points closing those areas.
Outside of operating hours, there may be circumstances in which the ski area may prohibit uphill traffic, or limit or restrict uphill traffic by designating specific times, days or routes that will be available for such use. These circumstances might include safety, maintenance or operational needs; grooming operations; snowmaking operations; special events; avalanche hazard reduction work; wildlife or resource considerations; or other reasons. The ski area is authorized, with Forest Service pre-approval, to perform any or all of these actions as deemed reasonable and necessary by the ski area. There is no ski patrol available outside of normal operating hours. You are responsible for your own safety and rescue.
All participants within the permit boundary are considered skiers and are subject to Utah Skier Safety Act.
Daily updates of current uphill route restrictions (RED DAY/GREEN DAY) will be posted within the snowbasin.com mountain report as well as listed on the (801) 620-1100 snow phone.
During Snowbasin operating hours (9:00 am - 4:30 pm) the only approved uphill travel route will start at the gate on the Strawberry summer road. The travel route is up the Strawberry summer road to Penny Lane and up Penny Lane to Willow Springs. Then head up Willow Springs to the top of Becker Lift. This is the end of the uphill route during operating hours. From the top of Becker you can ski down any direction. Be aware and stay out of closed areas. Anyone found riding the lifts without a valid ticket will be prosecuted for theft of services. When parking on the highway please be aware of the white fog line on the shoulder and park completely off the highway travel lane to avoid a ticket, collision or being towed by the Sherriff or Highway Patrol. Do not block the Strawberry summer road gate access. No dogs allowed during operating hours. RED DAY/GREEN DAY restrictions apply during operating hours.
NSAA promotes the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet – but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. NSAA views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner – not helmets only – as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment. In 2002, Lids on Kids www.lidsonkids.org debuted as a resource for consumers to learn about helmet use in skiing and snowboarding. This site contains FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, related articles and games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members. The site has received nearly 2 million hits since it was created. The tagline, “A Helmet-It’s a Smart Idea,” is printed on posters and promotional cards at resorts nationwide. For more information click on the link below:
Know the code! It's your responsibility.
Go Sun Smart offers you tips on how you can easily protect your skin and eyes. So, when you go to work and play, Go Sun Smart!