Snowbasin Resort cares about safety on the mountain and we hope you do too. Join us in our SAFERmtn efforts and help create a safe and fun experience. A safe mountain requires everyone’s involvement.
At Snowbasin Resort the health, safety, and well-being of our guests, staff, and community continue to be of the utmost importance to us. We are welcoming guests back this winter with new protocols and procedures to ensure guests can safely recreate and enjoy the outdoors. Because of this, we have extensively revised our summer operating plans in each of our resort areas with the guidance and knowledge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Utah Health Department and the Weber/Morgan Health Departments. To learn more about how Snowbasin is committed to following all state and local health orders, click the link below.
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
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 801-710-5501.
The month of January is NSAA’s Safety Month! Our SAFERmtn Team is out on the plaza and on the mountain throughout the season reminding our guests of best practices to be safe on the mountain. In honor of Safety Month, our team invites our guests to join us for our annual SAFERmtn Basecamp over MLK weekend.
From Saturday, January 16th – Monday, January 18th, you can find our SAFERmtn Basecamp amongst the new Middle Bowl Yurt Village. SAFERmtn Basecamp is open 11:00 am – 2:00 pm daily. Stop by and learn about safety from a number of different attractions, ranging from Know the Code activities to avalanche dog demonstrations. Plus pick up your SAFERmtn Safety Quest card to venture around the mountain to check out different stations that highlight unique aspects of what it takes to be safe on the mountain. After you visit each station, you can turn your safety quest card back to SAFERmtn Basecamp and be entered to win some great prizes. Learn more about the weekend events here.
Learn how to stay safe on the mountain during winter by clicking the topics below:
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 personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the codes listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
Actions that detract from the experience of others may be considered a violation of the Responsibility or Courtesy Codes. Both 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.
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:
Please visit the Terrain Park Safety website for a comprehensive look at the Smart Style program.
Using a chairlift or gondola while skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking or even just 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. Slope 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.
Always wear a helmet. Bring extra layers and gloves to ensure you will remain warm and dry. Avoid cotton as it does little to wick moisture from your skin and is slow to dry. Goggles, gloves, and waterproof outerwear are crucial to navigating the mountain in any condition. Bag check services are located at the Guest Services Center to securely stash your extra goodies.
Grab a trail map or familiarize yourself with a digital map so you know where you are on the mountain. Make sure you pay attention to signage and know Your Responsibility Code before hitting the slopes.
It is easy to get dehydrated in the winter. The last thing you want to do is drink cold water when it is cold outside! Try room temperature water or herbal teas to keep you hydrated.
Snow reflects sunlight. You can easily burn without sunscreen. This includes lip protectant with SPF, as well. Don’t forget the underside of your nose!
If you need an inhaler or have severe allergies, make sure you bring your medication with you in case you might need it.
Don’t be afraid to ask. We are here to make sure you have a safe, fun day on the mountain.
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 Responsibility or Courtesy Codes. Both codes will be enforced by resort personnel. Consequences for violations may include suspension of resort privileges.
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.
Entering into a closed area is a violation of local laws and can result in fines and the loss of skiing privileges. Remember the skier 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.
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.
Uphill Travel is Allowed on Green Days From 4:00 am - 8:30 am
The Uphill Travel status is posted on Snowbasin’s Mountain Conditions page at 4:00 am daily to alert guests if the conditions are green or red. Uphill travel goes red at 8:30 am. We are no longer offering night uphilling EXCEPT during the Full Moon each month. Uphill travel is only open to skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers. We do not allow fat biking on our uphill route.
On Green Days, uphill travel is permitted if you abide by the following rules:
The ONLY approved routes are to Needles Lodge following these trails:
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, Middle Bowl, and Porcupine chairlifts.
Snowblades: Allowed with a retention device (must be worn while riding the slopes.)
Ski Bikes/Snowbikes: Allowed under following the parameters:
For everyone’s safety, transporting a child in a backpack or a front pack is not allowed.
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.
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:
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 there from 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.