​Schweitzer Mountain Resort is committed to providing a safe, fun place for you and your family to play. Our slopes are some of the least crowded anywhere, and our safety patrol is constantly on the lookout for new ways to make your experience as safe as possible. One of the most important parts of safety on the slopes is education.

Your Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, nordic and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. 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 common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

Always stay in control.
People ahead of you have the right of way.
Stop in a safe place for you and others.
Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
Know how to use the lifts safely.
KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION. Prepared by the National Ski Areas Association.

Injured/Need Assistance

  • Crossed skis means someone needs assistance
  • If you are injured have someone cross his or her skis above you or lay their snowboard above you. This makes it easier for the ski patrol to find you and makes others on the hill aware that you are there.
  • Send someone to the nearest lift operator and give them exact location, noting trail name, tower number, skiers right or left of run, etc.

Slow Zones 

Slow zones are our beginner areas and congested areas. Please slow down through these areas. Please report violators to the Ski Patrol. Clothing descriptions are helpful. Violators will lose their ticket or pass.

Your lift privileges may be revoked for reckless skiing and snowboarding defined as:

  • Jumping into runs
  • Jumping blind. Jumping blind means you can't see the landing. Have a spotter and make sure the area is clear before you jump.
  • Inverted aerials
  • Skiing/ snowboarding faster than the flow of traffic in congested or high traffic areas
  • Skiing/snowboarding fast in Slow Zones
  • Skiing/snowboarding out of control? If someone suddenly appeared 20 feet below you would you be able to stop or avoid them? If not you are out of control. Make turns and slow down. Give others enough room to avoid collisions. Call out on your left or on your right when passing near someone.
  • Swinging, bouncing, or jumping from chairs. (RCW 79A.45.030) Chairs aren't designed for bouncing, swinging or abrupt weight loss out of the chair. It may damage the lift and/or cause it to derail injuring others.
  • Disorderly conduct, loud or abusive language, drunkenness, use of illegal drugs, throwing trash or other objects from the lift.
  • Removing signs or hill markings. If you take away the marking someone may be unaware there is a hazard and get hurt.