Mountain Safety

Mountain Safety is important all year long - even when skis and snowboards are stowed away for the summer.

Uphill Travel 

During the winter operating season, guests wishing to access the Mount Snow trail system through hiking, snow shoeing, or skinning may do so after purchasing an “Uphill Travel” ticket or be in possession of a valid season’s pass with a complimentary “Uphill Travel” endorsement.  Guests are permitted to hike, snow shoe, or skin from dawn to dusk only.  Guests engaging in uphill travel are responsible for knowing locations of closed terrain and trails, snowmaking, events or other operations in progress by reading the daily Snow Report, viewing trails boards at the bottom of Lifts #2, #9 or #11 and on .

Additional Precautions:

  • Uphill access to Resort trails is at your own risk.
  • Closed trails and terrain parks may not be marked or signed from the bottom, top, or other access points on the trail.
  • The trails and terrain parks are designed for use by skiers and riders only and any form of downhill descent other than by skis, snowboard, snow shoeing, or hiking is prohibited.
  • All skis and snowboards should be equipped with a device to prevent run-away equipment.
  • Sledding or sliding in any form is dangerous and prohibited on Mount Snow premises.
  • Guests accessing the trail system through uphill travel should stay to the side of the trail, wear highly visible clothing, and choose a route which gives downhill traffic the best view of your location.  Be aware of sharp turns and knolls where you may not be in view of downhill traffic
  • Guests accessing the Mount Snow trail system must adhere to Your Responsibility Code.
  • Your “Uphill Travel” ticket or pass must be worn at all times.
  • Snow shoeing trail maps are available at Mount Snow Sports at the Grand and these trails are the preferred method of travel for hiking and snow shoeing.
  • For the safety of our guests dogs are not allowed on Resort property.

Skier and Rider Safety Awareness

At Mount Snow, we are committed to promoting skier and rider safety awareness to ensure the best possible guest experience on the mountain.  As a resort, we use industry standard safety guidelines provided by the National Ski Areas Association that are geared towards all alpine activities allowed on our trails including alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, and monoskiing.  We recommend staying on terrain that is within your ability level and following Your Responsibility Code, which is listed below.

  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.

Smart StyleSmart Style

Mount Snow also promotes and institutes other safety programs from the National Ski Areas Association including Smart Style terrain park safety.

Aerial chairlift safety

Mount Snow has 15 aerial chairlifts ranging from double chairs to a six passenger bubble chair.  Please watch the videos below for proper loading and unloading procedures of aerial chairlifts.


“Though we love uphill travel, major snowmaking projects for the 2015/2016 season will begin immediately upon the close of the 2014/2015 operating season. For the safety of both guests and staff, all travel on the hill will be prohibited until we reopen for summer operations. This includes hiking, skinning, skiing, riding and snowshoeing. Heavy construction work across the entire mountain, while upgrading and improving our snowmaking system, will be dangerous for any kind of foot traffic. Thank you for your support and understanding. ”