AT ARAPAHOE BASIN, THE SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS IS OUR TOP PRIORITY. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
Skiing and riding are inherently dangerous outdoor recreational activities. Natural and man-made objects are part of the alpine experience. Collisions with these objects, especially when skiing or riding fast or out of control, can result in serious or fatal injury. Ski and ride with caution. While skiing or riding, you may encounter rocks and trees, changing visibility and snow conditions. Be aware of snow cats and snowmobiles at all times. Be alert; ski and ride on designated open trails only.
(NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION)
Arapahoe Basin is committed to promoting skier and rider safety. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark or cross-country skiers, snowbikers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment, snowshoers, 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.
Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. If you need help understanding the Code, please ask any ski area employee.
Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
You must prevent runaway equiptment.
Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
You must know how and be able to load, ride, and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
SAFE CHAIRLIFT RIDING
Be alert - check that loose clothing and equipment are not caught in the lift before you unload. Retention devices are required on all equipment to access our lifts. Remove backpacks before loading. A-Basin maintains a smoke-free lift environment. No smoking of any kind is permitted on the chairlifts or lift mazes. Single riders should sit on the side of a chairlift closest to the lift towers.
LIFT PROCEDURES FOR CHILDREN
Place child on the side of the lift nearest the attendant. Remove the child’s poles and carry them yourself. Ask attendant to slow the chairlift in advance if necessary. Have child listen carefully to attendant’s instructions. When unloading, have child keep ski tips up. You may carry a child in a pack on a lift only as a foot passenger.
Under Colorado 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 or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
We reserve the right to close trails and/or lifts at any time due to weather and/or snow conditions. Please read all lift instructions in the lift maze. If you are unfamiliar with a lift, ask an attendant for assistance. If your lift stops for a prolonged period, or in case of lift problems, stay seated -- Ski Patrol will evacuate you.
Jumping from a lift, cutting lines or littering are some causes of ticket/pass revocation. Those skiers found misusing lift tickets/passes, transferring lift tickets/passes, or attempting to gain lift access without a lift ticket/pass, may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.
COLORADO SKI SAFETY ACT
The Colorado legislature, recognizing inherent risks in the sport, has passed the Colorado Ski Safety Act which provides inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the “skier” and the ski area. You must obey the Act. Under the Act, any person using the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier.
A summary of the inherent risks is listed below and includes lift information listed above.
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.
The Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS, AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport. EXTREME TERRAIN contains cliffs, very steep slopes, rocks, and other hazards. Skiing or boarding Extreme Terrain is for EXPERTS ONLY. Extreme terrain can be found on Pallavicini, North Glades, Montezuma Bowl, the East Wall, and The Steep Gullies, including cliffs and areas steeper than 50 degrees.
Are you already at the mountain and looking for more information on how to have the best possible experience? Please stop by our Ski Patrol first aid room (base area) or HQ (at the summit) and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Responsibility Code and skiing at A-Basin.