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Slope Safety Awareness Weekend

While Whitetail stresses a strong commitment to make our resort a safe place to work and play all winter long; this weekend is extra special. In conjunction with National Ski Areas Association's (NSAA) slope safety education campaign, we proudly bring you Slope Safety Awareness Weekend.

Starting Saturday, January 21st and running through Sunday, January 22nd, our Ski Patrol and Mountain Safety Teams will be out and about on the mountain talking with you - our guests - about our Play It Safe program.  In addition, guests may visit our Safety Awareness Tent that will be set up in the mixing bowl.  We'll have games for the kids and a raffle for helmets for those who can recite the Skier's/Boarder's Responsibility Code.  

Whitetail's Play It Safe combines several industry standard initiatives to educate and promote safe skiing and snowboarding on our slopes. Education, respect, and common sense are key to developing and maintaining safe practices and behaviors. 

Safety is everyone's responsibility!

Know The Code

Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

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

Be Responsible

When skiing or riding on Whitetail’s slopes, we ask that you always use sound personal judgment at all times. Specific examples of sound judgment may include:

  • Adjust YOUR skiing/riding to join the flow around you.
  • Exercise SOUND PERSONAL JUDGMENT at all times, but more so in:
    • Merge areas and trail intersections
    • Approaching groups of skiers/riders
    • Areas where there is a drop-off on a trail
    • Lift loading and unloading areas
    • Ski/Snowboard School clinics
    • Approaching another skier or rider from behind
  • BE AWARE of skiers or riders of different abilities and adjust to move with their flow.
  • THINKING ahead about the line you are skiing or riding to make sure the way is clear.
  • SUPPORT FAMILIES skiing or riding together through your actions.
  • RESPECT the space a person is trying to learn in.
  • BE ACCEPTING of people with different styles.
  • BE COURTEOUS to those around you.

Tips And Policies To Make Your Trip Safe And Enjoyable

  • For everyone's safety, drone or UAV use is strictly prohibited on resort property. A full disclosure regarding drone usage can be found here.
  • Take a lesson. Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
  • Observe all posted signs and markings on the slope. They are there to protect you and other guests and make your visit an enjoyable one.
  • The Whitetail Ski Patrol and Mountain Safety Team wear labeled red coats and are easily recognizable. If you have a question or need help, ask one of the team for assistance. The Ski Patrol  and  Mountain Safety team are stationed at the top of the Whitetail Express lift and Easyrider lift. Feel free to stop in if you have questions, concerns, or need more information.
  • The Clinic is located in the lower level of the skier/boarder equipment rental building.
  • Know the slope and the trail designations.  Ski and ride within your ability. Be predictable while on the slope; sudden turns or stops can cause a collision!
  • Know how to use all the lifts and Magic carpets. Do not attempt to load a lift unless you have the knowledge and ability. Ask lift attendant for assistance if you have any doubts or questions (if you ask, they will slow the lift for small children).
  • Certain areas are designated as Slow Zones. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing/boarding will not be tolerated.
  • The Terrain Park is an awesome place, but bad landings on jumps and/or features can hurt and cut your day short! Know your limits, and check out the features before use. Start small.  Inverted jumps are not allowed at Whitetail and could result in losing your skiing/boarding privileges for the day, or your season pass.
  • Reckless and out of control skiers/boarders could lose their skiing/boarding privileges for the day, or their season pass.
  • Whitetail will have Safety Related Activities throughout the year. These will be posted on the web site, at the information booth, and at other locations throughout the resort.
  • The Staff at Whitetail is committed to making your visit  Safe and Enjoyable. If you have any suggestions, please give them to one of the Safety Team members or Guest Services.

Tips Before Hitting The Slopes

  • You may need to wear eye protection while on the slopes. This is especially important if it is snowing or snowmaking is in progress.
  • Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly at a local ski shop. You can rent good ski or snowboarding equipment at resorts.
  • Consider wearing a helmet while skiing or boarding. Ask one of our staff for a “Lids for kids brochure”. For more information on the National "Lids on Kids" program, please visit the NSAA website at:
  • Know your physical limits. If you are tired, take a break or go to an easier slope.
  • Get in shape. Don't try to ski yourself into shape. You'll enjoy skiing more if you're physically fit.
  • Wear sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think, even on cloudy days.

Tips While On The Slopes

  • The key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control. To have it, you must be aware of your technique, the terrain and the skiers/snowboarders around you. Be aware of the snow conditions and how they can change. If conditions turn firm, the skiing gets hard and fast. Begin your run slowly.
  • Skiing and snowboarding require a mental and physical presence. If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level, always leave your skis/snowboard on and side step down the slope. If conditions permit, you can take off your skies/snowboard and walk down the edge of the trail.
  • The all-important warm-up run prepares you mentally and physically for the day ahead.
  • Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.
  • Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
  • Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly and in control. Stop before you become fatigued, and most of all have fun.
  • If you’re tired, stop skiing. In this day and age of multi-passenger lifts and high-speed chairlifts, you can get a lot more time on the slopes compared to the days of the past when guests were limited to rope tow’s and 2 passengers chair lifts.
  • When taking a break or eating lunch, please use Whitetail’s free ski/board equipment check in the Mixing Bowl. Please don’t leave your unsecured equipment in the breeze way or base area.

Tips On How To Ski & Ride Defensively

  • Take a lesson, and learn tips from a professional ski instructor to get you started right.
  • Use the trail map to choose slopes that are right for your ability.
  • Ski cautiously, and beware of changing snow and weather conditions.
  • Slow down at intersections and designated slow speed areas.
  • Rest when you are tired, and finish the day on an easy run.
  • Ski with a buddy.

Helmets Are Cool!

See why it is a good idea to always wear your helmet at:

Suggested Links

Ever Dream Of Wearing The Red Coat?

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2016/17 Season qualifying event! 

Drone/UAV Use Policy

For everyone's safety, drone or UAV use is strictly prohibited on resort property.  A full disclosure regarding drone usage can be found here.

Page photo by Whitetail Ski Patroller Tim Grove