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Signs of the Slopes

Navigating Ski Resort Signs

Skiing and riding are a lot like driving a car or walking down the street: there are signs giving you helpful and potentially life-saving information throughout each Colorado Ski Country USA resort. These signs tell you important details such as the difficulty level of the trails, boundary lines, and features. Let’s take a look at what some of these signs mean:

You’ll see signs like this at the top of each trail, and on all ski area maps. These signs are giving you critical information about the level of difficulty of each trail.

  • Green circles indicate the easiest trail
  • Blue squares are intermediate trailssigns-of-the-slopes-beginner-ski
  • Black diamond and double black diamond indicate advanced and expert-only trails

Use these trail markers to carefully plan your day on the mountain. Choose a trail that suits your skiing or riding ability. You are responsible for staying in control at all times. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects. If you’re just starting out a new mountain, it’s a great idea to start with green trails and work your way up as you get more comfortable with the terrain.

Terrain parks are indicated with orange ovals. If you’re using a terrain park, be sure to check out the features within the park before you fully send it down the course. Start small and work your way up.


You’ll also see other signs with information on how to ride the lifts safely, trail closures, ski area boundaries, and slow skiing and boarding zones. You must read and obey all signs, warnings and hazard markings. You are also required to keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.


Slow zones are high-traffic areas and are intended to slow skiers and snowboarders down when approaching a busy intersection or nearing lift-loading areas. You MUST slow down in these areas for your safety and the safety of those around you.

Read and follow all signs of the slopes and always be observant and aware of your surroundings so your visit to Colorado Ski Country USA is as safe and enjoyable as possible. ​