Colorado Ski and Snowboard Safety

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Guest safety is the number one priority at Colorado Ski Country ski areas. Just as driving a car, practicing safe skiing or riding behaviors on the mountain is as much your responsibility as the user beside you. Educating yourself and other guests about how to have a safe day on the slopes is not only a good idea here in Colorado, it’s the law. The Colorado Ski Safety Act establishes responsibilities for skiers and snowboarders while spelling out the risks inherent to the sport. 

Read on and use this safety platform for information on chairlift safety, terrain park etiquette and other safety practices including individual ski area resources.


One of the best ways to ensure that you have an enjoyable day skiing and riding in Colorado Ski Country is to stay in control. While you're on the mountain, it is your responsibility to stay in control, to be able to stop and to avoid other people and objects. Watch our video "Skiing in Control" with Penny the Patroller for some tips on and reminders about staying in control, being aware of your surroundings, and skiing or riding within your ability.




Here in Colorado Ski Country, we proudly promote the seven points of the skier and snowboarder Responsibility Code. The Code is a list of seven key tenets that outline the main steps to enjoying a safe day on the slopes. In fact, the Code is incorporated into Colorado’s Ski Safety Act. It’s up to you – and your friends and loved ones ­ – to know and follow the code!

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code

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



In addition to the skier and snowboarder Responsibility Code, the Colorado Ski Safety Act establishes responsibilities for skiers, responsibilities for ski areas, and it spells out risks inherent to the sport of skiing and snowboarding.

CLICK HERE to read the Ski Safety Act.