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*Updated policy in effect starting Sept. 7, 2021

Health and safety remain our top priority. Beginning Sept. 7, Vail Resorts is implementing an indoor face covering requirement for employees and guests at our resorts for our current operations, in line with a mandate from the U.S. Forest Service and consistent with many other hospitality, entertainment and retail businesses. At this time, face coverings are not required in outdoor settings.

We will continue to monitor public health guidance surrounding COVID-19 in determining necessary safety protocols for the 2021/22 ski and ride season.

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Safety Information


Fire Danger 
Smoking is prohibited on lifts and is only allowed in designated smoking areas. During times of extreme fire danger all smoking may be prohibited. Report fires immediately via cell or on-mountain emergency phones. 

Sun Protection

With every 3,000’ increase in altitude, UV levels rise by 10% -12%. Please wear appropriate sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from these harmful UV rays. 

Protect your Purchase 
Your ticket or pass is non-transferable and may not be resold or used by anyone other than the person to whom it was issued.  Report lost or stolen passes to resort staff or law enforcement immediately.  Resort staff may ask you to show your pass or ticket at any time.  Failure to show a valid pass or ticket or engaging in fraudulent behavior of any kind may result in loss of resort privileges or criminal prosecution.

Aerial Drones
Recreational drone use by any guest or member of the public, for any reason, is not permitted on or over any Vail Resorts property.

Lightning and Thunderstorms
Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the mountains. Take proper precautions when you see or hear a storm developing: Seek shelter, keep off ridgelines, and stay clear of chairlift houses, lift towers, power lines, open spaces, lone trees and signposts. Lifts may close on occasion, causing delays.

High-Altitude Environment  

If you live at a lower elevation, you may tire more easily.  Take it easy at first, plan short trips until you are acclimated and drink plenty of water.  Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with resort high altitude.  Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, and dizziness, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing and difficulty in breathing.  If symptoms persist or if you have a concern about your health, you should seek medical attention. 

Adequate Clothing  

Be aware, mountain weather changes quickly and there is usually at least a 10 degree temperature difference from the bottom to the top of the lifts.  Bring a raincoat and consider a sweater or fleece.

Lift Safety
Under the law, you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate or to use such 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 when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Please lower the bar when riding lifts. 

Weather and Terrain
YOU ASSUME THE RISK of unpredictable weather, as well as rugged, uneven, irregular and slippery conditions.


Be aware that trails and roads at resorts are used for many purposes during the summer.  Mountain bikes, hikers, [horses (if applicable)], motorized vehicles, construction equipment and others may be encountered at any time. 

Construction Warning
You may encounter construction equipment, maintenance vehicles or other heavy machinery at any time.  Always be cautious and obey posted signs and warnings. 

Mountain Biking  
Helmets and sturdy shoes with good tread are recommended at all times. Child carriers or tow-behind bikes are not permitted and all bikes must have two working brakes.  All loose clothing, bags or packs should be firmly secured so they do not interfere with the bicycle’s moving parts. 

Mountain bikers must always yield to other non-motorized trail users. Should you encounter hikers [or horses (add if applicable)] on any trail, you must yield the right-of-way. Ride on designated trails only and obey all posted signs and warnings. Failure to do so may result in lift ticket and/or pass revocation.
Do not litter or feed wildlife.  Hikers rarely encounter bears but, if you do, please remain calm and back away slowly.  Resorts ask that everyone is cautious and respectful of wildlife. 

You Assume the Risk
Mountain biking, hiking, and other recreational activities involve inherent and other risks of injury and death. Trail conditions vary constantly because of weather changes and biker/ hiker use. Variations in terrain, stumps, forest growth, rocks and debris (all of which may be hidden by tall grass or vegetation), lift towers, snowmaking equipment, vehicles, logging equipment and other machinery, and other natural and man-made obstacles and hazards may exist throughout the area. Waterbars are drainage structures designed to reduce erosion and may be found on any trail. Please use care when riding over waterbars.

You assume the risks of personal injury and death related to participation in recreational activities within this recreation area.