Mountain Policies

Mountain Safety

Arizona Snowbowl is committed to promoting slope safety. With five national safety awards from the National Ski and Snowboard Association, Arizona Snowbowl strives to keep its guests safe and to educate skiers and snowboarders about slope safety. In addition to those using traditional alpine ski equipment, others on the slopes include snowboarders, telemark or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe Your Responsibility Code listed below and share with others on the slopes the responsibility for a great snowsports experience:

  • 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 will 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 the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.
  • Mountain Safety
  • Terrain Park Safety
  • Drones
  • Tips From Ski Patrol

Arizona Snowbowl is committed to promoting skier and rider safety and has established the Winter Rules! and ParkSmart programs to encourage and enforce safe skiing and riding behavior. Under these programs, all skiers and riders must be responsible, treat each other with respect, be considerate, and know and comply with the Arizona Skier Safety Act, Your Responsibility Code, Arizona law, and the Park Smart program.

MOUNTAIN CODE OF CONDUCT

Arizona Snowbowl reserves the right to terminate skiing and riding privileges on a first offense of the Code of Conduct if it determines, in its sole discretion, that such action is appropriate. Especially egregious behavior could mean that an individual is banned from the slopes indefinitely. It is the individual’s responsibility to understand, and adhere to all rules, laws or regulations of the resort, city, county and state.

The following will not be tolerated:

  • Fast and/or reckless skiing/riding.
  • Refusal to show and/or relinquish your pass to a mountain employee when requested.
  • Violent behavior, or abusive, foul or threatening language.
  • Skiing/riding in a closed area. It is your responsibility to know what trails or slopes are open and closed. Skiing/riding in a closed area is illegal and you may be prosecuted and fined.
  • Going over or under a rope or past another closure indicator is also illegal and you may be fined.
  • Riding a lift or skiing/riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Actions or behaviors that in our judgment may endanger your safety or the safety of others.
  • Violating the law, including the Arizona Skier Safety Act.

Drugs: Arizona Snowbowl operates under a special use permit issued by the Coconino National Forest. Drug use and possession is illegal on Federal property. We have a strict policy against substances at our resort and we ask that you please respect our policy.

Alcohol: Only designated Arizona Snowbowl outlets may allow for open containers on our decks, patios and base area. Alcohol is not allowed to be consumed in the lift line or on our lifts.

ARIZONA SKIER SAFETY ACT

The Arizona legislature established as a matter of law, that certain dangers and risks are inherent in the sport of skiing. Learn more about the bill on the Arizona Legislature website.

COLLISIONS

You must be in control and avoid the person downhill of your path.

Arizona Law requires that a skier involved in a collision with another skier that results in an injury shall not leave the vicinity of the collision before giving the skier’s name and current address to an employee of the ski area operator or a member of a paid or voluntary ski patrol. This does not prohibit a skier from leaving the scene of a collision to secure first aid for a person who is injured in the collision. If a skier leaves the scene of a collision to secure first aid, the skier shall leave the skier’s name and current address as required after securing the first aid.

Lift Safety: Under Arizona state law, you cannot board a lift unless you have the knowledge to negotiate or use the lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to use the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Slow Zones: Certain areas and trails at the Arizona Snowbowl, indicated on the trail map in red, are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe these 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 will not be tolerated.

Slow Zones to Know:

  • Hart Prairie/Tenderfoot/Tinhorn/Bambi
  • Aspen Meadows
  • Southern Belle
  • Meadows and Stump Patch
  • Sundance
  • Lower Bowl
  • Log Jam
  • Wild Turkey
  • Round Up

Signage – For all Ability Levels

Various informational and caution signage is located throughout the ski area. Please read, understand and follow all rules and related signage. Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Arizona Snowbowl is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts. Skiers and riders should begin with the easiest terrain and then move up in difficulty as their ability permits. Some terrain may be closed due potential hazards. Please respect our signage and closures.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Arizona Snowbowl discourages the use of electronic devices (cell phones, music players or earphones) while skiing/riding, or loading or unloading lifts.

HELMET USAGE

Arizona Snowbowl highly recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration and obligation under Your Responsibility Code is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner. Helmets are available for purchase and rental at the Hart Prairie Lodge, and for purchase at the Agassiz Lodge. Arizona Snowbowl supports the National Ski Areas Association’s Lids on Kids initiative, which focuses on educating parents and children about the importance of helmet usage.

IN CASE OF INJURY

  • If someone is injured, remain calm, cross skis or place a snowboard securely in the snow above the accident.
  • Call Ski Patrol at 928-214-4005, or call 911.
  • Patrol will ask for the number of the phone from which you are calling and your location, age, sex/gender, event, and about the resources available to you.

CAUTION

Grooming equipment, snowmobiles, snowmaking equipment, and other vehicles may be encountered at any time.

While rare, both inside and outside of the posted ski area boundary, avalanches may occur at any time without warning. Become educated on how to reduce the risks through your own education, actions, and awareness.

The terrain parks at Arizona Snowbowl are a great place to take your skiing and snowboarding to the next level, but we always want to make sure our park riders are safe.

It is important to be mindful of your ability level and not take on anything too challenging. Our three parks are designed for skiers and riders to progressively learn how to handle different features.

Learn more about park safety at terrainparksafety.org.

Some resorts designate features as small, medium and large. Be aware these ratings are determined by size, not degree of difficulty, and are relative only to that resort. Freestyle Terrain use, like all skiing and riding, exposes the user to the risk of serious injury. Prior to using freestyle terrain, it is the user’s responsibility to become familiar with all instructions and posted warnings and to follow Your Responsibility Code and PARK SMART.

Using drones at Arizona Snowbowl is not permitted. Those caught breaking the rules may have their drone confiscated, their skiing privileges suspended or could even be fined.

 

  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. Your body’s tendency to dehydrate is greater at higher altitudes.
  • Ultra-Violet rays are more severe at higher elevations.  Protect your skin from the effects of the sun and keep in mind that the snow reflects the sun’s rays.  Wear sunscreen rated at least 30 SPF or higher.
  • Wear eye protection such as sunglasses or goggles. These should filter both UVA and UVB rays and be rated at 90%.  Eyes can sunburn just like your skin.
  • Packed snow can be abrasive. We highly recommend wearing garments that cover your hands, arms and legs completely.
  • Be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions. Dress in layers with your outer layer of clothing being of a water repellent fabric.
  • Wear or carry a ski hat with you. Sixty percent of all body heat is lost out of the top of your head.
  • On especially cold days, be aware of the potential for frost-bite. Drink warm fluids and take breaks often.