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Play It Safe

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Play It Safe!

The Whitetail Safety Department is committed to making your visit a safe and enjoyable outdoor winter activity. The Ski Patrol, Mountain Safety Team, Park and Pipe Team and the Clinic Staff makes up the Whitetail Safety Department. There are risks in snow sports. Learn and observe the skiers/boarders Responsibility Code and Smart style in  the Terrain Park, share your knowledge with others.  Snow sports can be enjoyed in many ways. There may be people using alpine skis, snowboards, telemark skis or other specialized equipment such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, you should always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements or risks in snow sport activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. At Whitetail, safety comes first for all of our guests and employees. The resort has put in place programs that promote the safety of everyone on the mountain as well as educate our guests on the importance of snow sports safety.

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.

Know The Symbols

Take a few minutes to check out the lifts and trails marked on the trail maps. The colored symbols located on the trails indicate the difficulty of the trail. You will also find them posted on signs on the mountain.

Before you ride a lift, make sure the trail symbols off of that lift fit your ability. Some skiers/boarders think they can improve by skiing/riding tough terrain when their skills aren’t up to that level, but that’s a good way to get hurt. To improve quickly, take a lesson. If you have any questions or need directions, talk with anyone in a Whitetail uniform.

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.

Chairlift Safety

There are a number of different, but important, tips and reminders for riding chairlifts — whether you are a child or an adult, beginner or experienced skier or snowboarder. However, there is one overarching key to keep in mind: It is your responsibility to understand and know how to ride a chairlift safely and to do so.

As a parent you should emphasize and educate your child about the overall importance of chairlift safety. A good starting point is to watch the videos below and visit Kids on Lifts for some great FAQs. At the resort, stand outside the lift line and with your child, watch other skiers and boarders line up and load the chairlift, explaining the process. Stress to your child that they should ask the lift attendant for assistance any time they need it — lift attendants cannot read minds. Once on the lift, your child should sit back as far as possible and should never lean forward toward the edge of the seat, nor rest on the restraint bar. A helpful reminder is "back to back" — sit all the way to the back of the chair seat, with your back to the back of the seat. Once seated, put the restraining bar down and keep it down until just before the unload. Emphasize to sit still, hang on, and absolutely no horseplay while riding the lift!

Please watch the video below for some additional tips on chairlift safety.


Helmets Are Cool!

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

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.

Visiting Pet Policy

It is the goal of Whitetail Resort is to maintain a family atmosphere on and around our mountain.  In saying this, we understand that pets are an integral part of many families. While we do not prohibit our guests from bringing their pets to Whitetail Resort, we do have some guidelines that have been developed for the safety and enjoyment of all of our guests including our four legged ones. Please take a moment to review our policy below prior to arriving at the resort.