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SKIER AND RIDER SAFETY

Already at the mountain, and looking for more information on how to have the best possible experience? Please stop by our Ski Patrol first aid room (base area) or HQ (at the summit) and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Responsibility Code and skiing at Arapahoe Basin.

 

At Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, the safety of our guests is our top priority. Please read the following information carefully: Skiing and riding are adventurous and exhilarating outdoor recreational activities. Natural and man-made obstacles are a part of this alpine experience. Collisions with these objects, especially when skiing or riding fast or out of control, can result in serious or fatal injury. Ski and ride with caution and in control. While skiing or riding you may encounter rocks and trees, changing visibility and snow conditions. Be aware of snow cats and snowmobiles at all times. BE ALERT; SKI AND RIDE ON DESIGNATED OPEN TRAILS ONLY.

KNOW THE CODE, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Arapahoe Basin is committed to promoting skier and rider safety. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark or cross-country skiers, snowbikers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it.

Skier/Snowboarder Responsibility Code

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

COLORADO SKI SAFETY ACT

The Colorado legislature, recognizing risks that are inherent in the sport, has passed the Colorado Ski Safety Act which provides inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the “skier” and the ski area. You must obey the Act. Under the Act, any person using the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. A summary of the inherent risks is listed below:

    WARNING

    Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.

    The Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport. EXTREME TERRAIN contains cliffs, very steep slopes, as well as, rocks and other hazards. Skiing or boarding Extreme Terrain is for EXPERTS ONLY. Extreme terrain can be found on Pallavicini, North Glades, Montezuma Bowl, and the East Wall, including: cliffs and areas steeper than 50 degrees.

    THE EAST WALL, NORTH POLE AND ZUMA BOWL/CORNICE

    THESE AREAS HAVE RESTRICTED ACCESS GATES AND WILL OPEN AND CLOSE AS SNOW AND WEATHER CONDITIONS PERMIT. PLEASE OBSERVE ALL POSTED SIGNS (INCLUDING “TRAIL CLOSED” SIGNS) AT TRAIL ENTRANCES. Enter through marked gates only. The North Pole and the Upper East Wall (above the traverse) are accessed by hiking only. Please hike only in designated staircases and obey all signs. THIS TERRAIN IS EXTREME, AND RESCUE FROM NORTH POLE AND UPPER EAST WALL IS DIFFICULT AND TIME CONSUMING. Please ski responsibly and do not ski alone. AVALANCHE FORECASTING IS INEXACT, therefore, persons skiing the East Wall, Upper East Wall, North Pole Montezuma Bowl and Zuma Cornice do so at their own risk. Contact ski patrol for more information.


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

SLOW ZONES

Certain areas (indicated on the map in yellow) are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing will not be tolerated.

BACKCOUNTRY WARNING

Pursuant to the Colorado Ski Safety Act, the ski area assumes no responsibility for skiers going beyond the ski area boundary. To access the backcountry, use designated backcountry access points only. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Avalanches, unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards exist. Be aware: the backcountry avalanche hazard may be extreme. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, is the responsibility of the Summit County Sheriff. It will be costly and time consuming.

SKI AREA BOUNDARIES

  • Skiing beyond the ski area boundary is not recommended. Avalanche danger and other hazards DO exist. BE WARNED.
  • Areas beyond the ski area boundary are unpatrolled and unmaintained.
  • Pursuant to the Colorado Ski Safety Act, the ski area assumes no responsibility for the safety and welfare of skiers going beyond the ski area boundary. Skiers are solely responsible for their own safety beyond this boundary.
  • Access to public lands beyond the ski area boundaries exists through U.S. Forest Service Backcountry Access Points. Rescue in the backcountry is a responsibility of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Entering or exiting the ski area boundary at locations other than the Backcountry Access Point is illegal and you can be fined up to $1,000.
  • If you have questions about the location of backcountry access points or about our boundary regulations, please contact A-Basin Ski Patrol at First Aid in the base area or at Patrol Headquarters at the summit.

HIGH ALTITUDE ENVIRONMENT and WEATHER

Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with Arapahoe Basin’s high altitude. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, coughing and difficulty in breathing. If symptoms persist or if you have a concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.

HIGH-ALTITUDE WEATHER CAN BE EXTREME. We recommend taking the following precautions:

  • Please use proper eye and skin care protection; goggles or sunglasses are highly recommended.
  • Apply sunscreen regularly. Sunscreen can be found in Guest Services, at mid-mountain and in the Retail Shop.
  • Dress appropriately for changing weather. We recommend synthetic, breathable baselayer, an insulated layer and a waterproof layer.
  • Use caution walking to and from the slopes. Sturdy, non-slip footwear is recommended for the parking lots and the base area.
  • LIFT INFORMATION

    • You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely board, ride and unload lifts.
    • For access to our lifts, retention devices are required on all equipment. Jumping from a lift, cutting lines or littering from a lift are some of the causes for ticket/pass revocation.
    • We reserve the right to close trails and/or lifts at any time due to weather and/or snow conditions.
    • Please read all lift instructions posted in each lift maze. If you are unfamiliar with a lift, ask the attendant for assistance.
    • Remove backpacks before loading.
    • A-Basin maintains a smoke-free lift environment. There is NO SMOKING OF ANY KIND permitted on the chairlifts or in the lift mazes.
    • Single riders should sit on the side of a chairlift that is closest to the lift towers.
    • Be alert - check that loose clothing and equipment are not caught in the lift before you unload.
    • In case of lift problems, Ski Patrol will evacuate you. NEVER JUMP FROM A LIFT — it is extremely dangerous and is grounds for revocation of your lift ticket/season pass.


    • PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING LIFT PROCEDURES FOR CHILDREN:
      • Place child on the side of the lift nearest the attendant.
      • Remove the child’s poles and carry them yourself.
      • Ask attendant to slow the chairlift in advance if necessary.
      • Have child listen carefully to attendant’s instructions.
      • When unloading, have child keep ski tips up.
      • Carrying a child in a pack on any lift or ski trail is prohibited.

    LIFT SAFETY

    Under Colorado law, you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate or to use such lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to use the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    LIFT TRANSPORT and ACCESS

    If you are unfamiliar with a lift, ask an attendant for assistance. If your lift stops for a prolonged period, remain seated; you will be assisted by the ski patrol. Those skiers found misusing lift tickets/passes, transferring lift tickets/passes, or attempting to gain lift access without a lift ticket/pass, may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.

    TERRAIN PARKS — FREESTYLE TERRAIN

    These areas are designated with an orange oval (Treeline and High Divide Terrain Parks) and may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Inverted aerials are not recommended. You assume the risk.

    NO JUMP BUILDING

    The building of jumps, kickers and other man-made freestyle features is prohibited within the boundaries of Arapahoe Basin at all times. We are home to an abundance of natural jumps and freestyle terrain.

    PARK SMART
      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.

    HELMET USE

    Arapahoe Basin encourages our guests to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of winter sports helmets. Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear a helmet, every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities. Helmets for adults and children are available for daily rentals in the Rental Shop or for purchase at Arapahoe Sports.

    TRAIL SIGNS and RATINGS

    We post signs for your information and well-being. Color codes indicate the relative difficulty of trails for Arapahoe Basin only.

    UPHILL ACCESS

    Uphill access by self-powered means of skinning, snowshoeing and hiking has gained popularity at Arapahoe Basin in recent years and we welcome and support individuals seeking to exercise and enjoy the quiet mountain setting. To ensure the safety of everyone on the mountain, individuals who choose to skin, snowshoe and hike must obtain a FREE Uphill Access Pass, available in the season pass office during operating hours.

    Mountain users can help preserve this opportunity by following these simple guidelines:

    • You are considered a skier under the Colorado Skier Safety Act and should know Your Responsibility Code.
    • The mountain may be closed to uphill access when avalanche control, snowmaking, race training, or other special activities are taking place. Please check the website and obey all posted signage in the base area.
    • Entering closed terrain is prohibited. It is the user’s responsibility to know what trails are open or closed.
    • East Wall terrain, including terrain below the traverse, is CLOSED to uphill access at all times.
    • If the mountain is closed to uphill access, a closed sign will be posted at the bottom of High Noon trail in the base area. If you are unsure, please feel free to ask.
    • Dogs must be under control at all times. No dogs are allowed on the mountain during operating hours. PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET. Waste bags are available at stations in the base area and in the Early Riser parking lot.
    • Users accessing the mountain outside of normal operating hours do so at their own risk.
    Click here to view the status of Uphill Access and to read a complete list of rules and regulations.

    SKI PATROL and FIRST AID

    Our ski patrol is staffed by professionals who are here to help you. Use an emergency phone on the mountain, ask any A-Basin employee or stop by First Aid (in the base area) or Patrol Headquarters (at the summit) for information or assistance. First aid treatment is available.

    TO REPORT AN ACCIDENT

    Place crossed skis in snow above injured skier to form an “X” pattern. Observe distinguishing characteristics of both the skier and the immediate area. Alert the ski patrol by using one of the emergency phones placed on the mountain (identified by on trail map) or by notifying any mountain employee. UNDER COLORADO LAW, IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, YOU MUST STAY ON THE SCENE until the ski patrol arrives, and provide your name and address to the ski patrol.

    MEETING WITH KIDS AND PARENTS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY

    Make a plan to meet.

    While there is no guarantee of cell phone reception, AT&T does provide reliable coverage across most areas of the mountain. Currently, no other carriers provide dedicated service to Arapahoe Basin. DO NOT ASSUME YOUR PHONE WILL WORK AT THE MOUNTAIN. Wi-fi is available in the base area and at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain. If you need to make an emergency phone call, please go to one of our Guest Services locations in the base area for assistance.

    INFO FOR KIDS AND PARENTS

  • If your child does not have identification, please be sure they know their guardian's name and how to get in touch with them. It is also helpful to take inventory of everyone's clothing and accessories so we can get a physical description if needed.
  • Identify Ski Patrollers to your children, and tell them to find a patroller if they get lost or worried. Know the locations of Patrol Headquarters (at the summit) and the First Aid room (in the base area, below the Kids Center).
  • CHOOSE A PLACE TO MEET. The ticket office steps or the goat statue in the base area are good points of interest.
  • LOST AND FOUND

    Lost and found is located in Guest Services; all items lost in our mountain facilities make their way down there at the end of the ski day. For more information or to check on an item, please call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246).

    FREE PUBLIC WIRELESS INTERNET

    Free public wi-fi is available in A-Frame lodge in the base area and at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain. Wireless coverage can be impacted by weather and the number of people at the mountain. Make sure you have a "Plan B" in the event that you cannot connect.

    NO CAMPING AT A-BASIN

    Due to avalanche control procedures, camping is not allowed in or around Arapahoe Basin parking lots. Parking lots are open to the public from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.

    RESPECT: SMOKE-FREE AREAS OF ARAPAHOE BASIN

    Arapahoe Basin maintains smoke-free buildings, chairlifts and lift mazes. This includes vape pens and any similar device. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN OUR BUILDINGS. PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE WITHIN 25 FEET OF A DOORWAY. Respect the environment around you - dispose of your cigarette butts and other trash in a trash receptacle or pack it out with you.

    The public consumption of marijuana is illegal in the state of Colorado (as is skiing and snowboarding under the influence of drugs). The definition of "public" includes parking lots, buildings, and on the mountain itself. Vape pens and similar devices are covered under this rule. Please respect those around you and do not consume marijuana at our mountain or in our facilities.