Eaglecrest Mountain Safety Information
Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. 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 responsibility for a great skiing experience.
- Stay in control.
- People ahead have the right of way.
- Stop in a safe place for you and others.
- When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe signs and warnings, and keep off of closed trails.
- Know how to use the lifts safely.
Terrain Park Safety
Everytime you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your manueauver and landing.
1. Look before you leap. Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
2. Easy style it. Start small and work your way up. Inverted aerials are NOT recommended.
3. Respect gets respect. From the lift line throughout the mountain.
Responsible Chairlift Use
To safely use the chairlifts, always remember:
- Need assistance? Ask the lift attendant for help. Smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.
- Remove & carry packs. Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.
- It is OK to miss a chair and wait for the next one.
- When loading, watch for approaching chair and then sit to the back once seated!
- Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped can be picked up later.
- Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts!!
Risk of Avalanche
While snow safety and avalanche mitigation
efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides
may occur at ski areas, both inside and outside of the posted
boundaries. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the
nature of snow and it's accumulation on steep, mountainous
terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death
from avalanches through your own actions and awareness. Visit htt://www.avalanche.org or contact the Eaglecrest Ski Patrol for further information on the
risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death.
We are equipped with the RECCO Rescue System
Deep Snow & Tree Well Safety
What is a Tree Well?
A tree well is a void or
depression that forms around the base of a tree can and contain a mix of
low hanging branches, loose snow and air. Evergreen trees in
particular (fir, hemlock, etc) can have large, deep tree wells that form
when low hanging branches block snow from filling in and consolidating
around the base of the tree. These voids can be hidden from view by the
tree’s low hanging branches.
There is no
easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by
sight therefore, treat all tree wells as dangerous.
terms, a tree well is a hole or void in the deep snow, which is clearly
marked by a tree. You can easily identify and avoid these areas.
At the end of the day, Sweep is conducted and all persons are required to leave the trails and slopes inside the area boundary. Sweep provides a reasonable account that all guests have cleared the mountain.A patroller will ride the last chair up Ptarmigan. Sufficient personnel shall remain in the Ski Area until Sweep is complete to run Ptarmigan lift in case search and resuce operations are required.
Eaglecrest Ski Area also promotes the following safety programs on the hill: