At Spirit Mountain we pride ourselves in providing an environment for safe skiing snowboarding and fat biking. Ultimately, ski, snowboard and fat bike safety on the mountain is each person's responsibility and each person plays a key part in the safety of our recreation area. Ask any Patroller, and they will tell you that they are happy to be of assistance on the slopes... but they would prefer to be ON the snow, skiing/riding/fat biking and keeping a watchful eye, than in the Patrol Room providing first response care. Nothing ruins a great day of fun on the slopes as much as an accident that didn't have to happen.
Following the Skier Responsibility Code will help ALL skiers and snowboarders have a safer mountain experience. For freestyle skiers and riders, the Smart Style Guide is a must-read before you enter any of our parks or freestyle terrain. These ski safety tips can help keep yourself and others out of harm's way.
Always ride or ski in control and within your ability. Do not ride or ski too fast or recklessly. Do not ski slopes too difficult for your ability.
When walking or climbing always keep to the side of the trail or slope.
If you have a collision resulting in an injury to another person it's your responsibility to stay at the collision site until the Ski Patrol arrives. All injuries must be reported before leaving Spirit Mountain.
Inverted aerial maneuvers (flips) are not recommended.
It is your responsibility to control your body on the ground and in the air. Always clear the landing area quickly. Never jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary. Look before you leap! One user on a terrain feature at a time. Inspect terrain before using and throughout the day.
Do not ride or ski beyond CLOSED AREA signs into a closed area.
Do not build up jumps, schuss, or ski out of control. Schussing means skiing straight down the hill extremely fast and/or recklessly.
Do not jump out of chairlifts.
Snow Passes/Lift Ticket must be permanently attached by wire wicket to the skier, so that the passes are easily visible to lift operations.
Your Season Pass must be worn on the outermost body and visible at all times.
A skier/rider who is alone when entering the lift line should call out "single" so that others may ride the chairlift with him on double, triple or quad lifts.
Remove pole straps from wrists before loading on chairlifts. Stand close together in the loading area.
Absolutely no cans or bottles are to be taken on ski lifts or ski slopes.
Do not cut lift lines. Only Spirit Mountain Patrollers and Instructors are allowed to enter the lift line ahead of those already waiting.
Get on and off lifts only at loading and unloading areas. Do not swing or bounce chairs while riding chairlift. Do not cross operating rope tow tracks.
Be courteous to and respect of others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
No carry-in beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Spirit Mountain premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.
Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.
"Brown Bagging" is allowed only in restricted areas.
Snowboarders must follow Your Responsibility Code. Do not sit at the top of the run in such a way as to block the starting area or otherwise obstruct any area of the slope.
Do not abuse rental equipment. Do not go on dry pavement with skis on.
Snowball throwing will not be tolerated at Spirit Mountain.
A ski area representative (including any employee in uniform, not just Ski Patrollers) upon finding a person skiing/riding in a careless, inappropriate or reckless manner, could dispense consequences ranging from a one-on-one Safety Awareness Seminar with a Ski Patroller to a lifetime suspension from Spirit Mountain. So take it easy out there. Give people some space!
These actions may not be construed to create an affirmative duty on the part of the ski area operator to protect skiers from their own or from another skier's carelessness or recklessness. If you do not agree with the above, then do not use the facilities at our ski area.
Skiing in its various forms, including the use of snowboards and snow skates, is a dangerous sport with inherent risks. These risks include loading, riding and unloading from ski lifts, variations in snow, steepness and terrain, ice, moguls, rocks, trees and other forms of forest growth and debris (above or below the surface), bare spots, lift towers, utility lines an poles, fencing, snowmaking and snow grooming equipment, and other forms of natural or man-made obstacles on and off designated trails, as well as collisions with equipment, obstacles or other skiers. Trail conditions vary constantly due to weather changes and skier use. Inherent in the sport is the risk of permanent, catastrophic injury or death.
Accepting these risks is a part of the challenge of man against the mountain and the elements. To enjoy skiing, you must also know and be willing to accept the limits of your ability. Skiing challenges your physical condition and may cause stress. You will reduce the risk of skiing and enjoy it more if you are in good physical condition.
The National Ski Areas Association established "Your Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. The points listed in the Your Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain. So, whether you ski with one board or two, or use other specialized equipment, always show courtesy to others so that your paths don't cross.
It is important to remember that there are elements of risk in mountain activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please note, violations of Your Responsibility Code, and the following additional rules, ordinances and/or guidelines may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability and/or loss of lift privileges without compensation or refund:
Please visit the NSAA Park Terrain Safety Page for additional information & details on terrain park usage, safety and best practices.
It's up to YOU to be SNOW SMART & PARK SMART - ENJOY!
Always utilize the IMBA RULES OF THE TRAIL when riding at Spirit Mountain Bike Park, and please follow the Code & Rules as well while enjoying our trails!
Please Note: Summer Operations: On days when the lift is not running & trails are open; Happy Camper is the uphill return trail. Use caution when ascending & descending Happy Camper on these days. On days when the lift is running, there is no uphill trail usage as safety is our utmost priority for all guests.
Winter Operations: Mountain Biking is only allowed during Mountain Bike Operations which is listed on our Fat Biking Page.
Please Note II: Trails may open and close at various times during operations due to conditions and/or maintenance.
MOUNTAIN BIKE RESPONSIBILITY CODE
MOUNTAIN BIKING INVOLVES THE RISK OF INJURY. COMMON SENSE AND CAUTION CAN REDUCE THE RISK. FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE CODE.
Know the Code – Be Safety Conscious
It is Your Responsibility
Park Privileges Revoked for Breach of this Code
Bike Park Rules
Mountain biking and bike terrain expose you to risk of serious injury or death. Prior to using the trails and terrain, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with all instructions and warnings and to follow your responsibility code.
The slopes of this resort are a forested environment. These slopes are home to many bears and other wildlife. Please use caution during your visit and obey the following:
-Keep a good distance from all bears
-Do NOT feed the bears
-Make noise as you travel the area and terrain
-Try not to startle the bears
-Leave no trace of your visit (bring out what you brought in)
-Always travel the slopes in groups
-Try to stay close to your group members