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Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways at Skibowl.  At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers.
Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the safety responsibility for a great skiing experience.



1. Always stay in control.  You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.

2. People ahead or downhill of you have the right of way. You must avoid them.

3. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.

4. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.

5. You must prevent runaway equipment.

6. Read and obey all signs, warnings and hazard markings.

7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

8.  You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely.  If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.

9.  Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.

10. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each othger and a ski area employee.


If you need help understanding the Code, please ask an employee.



Remind your guests about these common points to help them have a more informed experience on the chairlift. This list complements the skier and rider Responsibility Code.

  • Be familiar with the type of lift you are riding, and ask for help if you need it.

  • Before loading, remove backpacks and secure loose items. Remove pole straps from wrists.

  • Look over your shoulder to watch the chair approach.

  • Sit all the way in the chair, with your back to the seat rest.

  • If the lift has a restraint bar, wait until everyone is seated, and slowly reach up and lower the bar. Do not attempt to lower the bar if you cannot reach it! Adults should always help kids to lower the bar.

  • Be aware of your surroundings while riding the lift. If you drop something, let it fall! You can always ask ski patrol for help retrieving the lost item.

  • As you approach the top terminal, prepare to raise the bar. Look for signs advising you to do so to help with your timing.



1. Be Ready

Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride in such a way that you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run, groomed or otherwise.

2. Stay Alert

Stay alert to what’s going on around you, especially other skiers and riders. Being aware of those around and changing conditions will help you have a fun and safe day on the hill.

3. Plan Ahead

Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can't see what's coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down it and make note of places where you'll want to slow down, such as cat tracks and rollers. Also, give other skiers and riders lots or room, especially if you are passing them. There's plenty of space out there, so there's no need to crowd each other.

By doing these three things every run, you'll be helping keep the slopes safe and enjoyable, for you and everyone else.



A tree well/ snow immersion suffocation accident can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls – usually headfirst – into a tree well or deep loose snow and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow and suffocates.

When skiing or riding off groomed trails always have a partner and keep each other in sight. 

The website DEEP SNOW SAFETY is an excellent resource designed to assist all skiers and riders in educating themselves about the risks and prevention of deep snow and tree well immersion accidents.


(Uphill travel is allowed up Cascade, Lower Bowl, Low Road, High Road and Skyline only)

  • Due to safety concerns, Mt. Hood Skibowl reserves the right to limit uphill traffic within the resort boundary at any time.

  • Mt. Hood Skibowl is closed to uphill traffic during periods of avalanche control, which typically occurs early morning, but may occur any time throughout the day.

  • The alpine resort is closed to uphill traffic any time there is an active winch cat operating anywhere in the resort.

  • Dogs must be on a leash during operating hours.

  • Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

  • Uphill activities may present a high danger of personal injury.

  • Hazards may exist and you assume all associated risks of injury and or death.  

  • Motorized vehicles, snowmaking & other ski area operations may be encountered.

  • Stay towards the right side of the trail when ascending unless otherwise noted per uphill travel route.. 

  • Position yourself so that you are visible from above.

  • Wear brightly colored clothing.

  • Obey all pertinent signage.

  • Avoid all areas where machinery is operating.

  • Exercise best practices for backcountry travel and adventure.