Mountain Safety

Use courtesy & common sense

Ski & Snowboard Safety

Skiing and snowboarding are sports that challenge the human spirit and require you to remain alert and use your common sense. Ski and snowboard in control, with caution and consideration for others. Be aware of changing conditions. Natural and man-made obstacles exist within the ski area, and are inherent risks in skiing and snowboarding.

Snowmobiles and other snow grooming equipment may be present on the mountain at any time. Respect closed trails and area boundary signs. These areas are closed for your protection. Be advised that while marking devices, warning devices and equipment covers are used to inform you of potential hazards, they do not guarantee your safety and will not protect you from injury. SLOW SKIING areas have been designed for beginner and congested areas. Slow down and go with the flow in these areas. We reserve the right to revoke your ticket for reckless or out-of-control skiing and snowboarding, or failure to observe rules and regulations.

In addition to Your Responsibility Code, the following tips can help reduce your risk and make for a more enjoyable experience:

  • Ski and ride only in areas compatible with your ability
  • Do not take friends down slopes that are beyond their abilities
  • After falling on the slopes or lift ramp, move away quickly to avoid becoming an obstacle to others
  • When resting on a trail, move to one side to avoid blocking others
  • Look ahead and to either side of you and be prepared to stop at any time
  • Ski or ride with a buddy, especially in places where you could need help, such as in trees or deep powder
  • Ski and ride defensively. Expect the unexpected

Uphill Travel Policy

Okemo Mountain Resort and the Vermont Department of Forest and Parks encourage the use of public lands. Our goal is to do so while maintaining our commitment to safety and the guest experience here at Okemo.

During operating hours, we ask that all uphill traffic be limited to beginner and intermediate terrain, be done on the edge of the trail, and remain in a single file line. Access to lifts and terrain parks is reserved for ticket holders, and we do ask that all guests of the mountain adhere to the skier responsibility code which can be found on our trail maps.

Okemo Mountain understands the desire of winter enthusiasts to hike, ski, and snowshoe when our lifts are not running. However, Okemo Mountain Resort does not recommend the use of our terrain during non-operational times. Grooming, snowmaking and other operations take place 24 hours a day throughout the resort. Skiers and riders must understand that they may put themselves at great risk by being on the mountain while these operations are in progress.

If you do choose to use resort terrain during non-operational hours, you do so at your own risk, but we would like to help minimize the risks to you and to our staff by providing some guidelines.

  • Outside of operating hours, grooming, snowmaking, snowmobiles, and other operations may occur at any time or at almost any place on the mountain.
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing and use a bright light at night.
  • Avoid trails that have been recently groomed or have grooming in progress.
  • Avoid trails with active snowmaking and never ski or ride over snowmaking hoses, as it puts our system and you at risk.
  • Entering closed terrain is prohibited; it is the user’s responsibility to know what is open or closed. Terrain parks are closed outside of normal operating hours.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times for the safety of our guests.
  • Never ski or ride alone. Be prepared for changes in weather. Snow conditions at night can be much different than daytime conditions.
  • Please Keep in mind that our ski patrol completes an end of the day sweep of the mountain after the lifts close for the day. Any emergency response following this sweep, will be significantly delayed and will be handled by outside agencies.