Soldier Mountain Takes Safety Seriously
HOW TO RIDE THE LIFT
Using and riding the lift in a responsible manner is an important safety consideration. Riding a chair lift is extremely safe. However, it is important to remember that it is a moving machine, and people should always be careful when interacting with large machinery. You will load and unload while the chair lift is slowly moving. We work diligently and effectively to make the chairlift experience as safe and seamless as possible, but you should always stay aware. Please let the lift attendant know if you are unsure of what to do and would like instructions on loading the lift. The lift can be slowed down and even stopped for people who are new to using the lift. A few tips to help improve your experience:
Keep your seat on the seat and hold on to the sides of the chair if it makes you feel more comfortable.
Remove pole wrist straps and any backpacks or fanny packs before loading.
Suppose you drop something while on the lift, do not jump off and immediately go after it! Talk to the lift attendant at the top of the chair lift.
Use care when unloading to ensure you get off in the right area. Move out of the way as soon as you can, as the next chair may be unloading people as well.
Visit NSAA’s Kids On Lifts website for more information.
1. We offer free helmets with our rentals and rent out helmets for just $5, even if you are not renting skis or snowboards from us.
2. Skiing or boarding responsibly is the best way to say safe. Your next safety precaution is to wear a helmet. Remember, it doesn’t make you invincible, and accidents do occur! Stay aware.
3. Helmets may make the difference between a minor and a major injury. Being on the slopes is fun. Wear a helmet so you can stay having fun.
4. Helmets do have limitations so remember not to let them give you a false sense of security.
5. Helmets must fit properly to work well. Take the time to ensure your helmet fits right. Remember to try your goggles on with your helmet, so you know those will fit and work as well while you are wearing your helmet.
Visit NSAA’s Lids On Kids website for more information.
KNOW THE CODE: Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Before using any lift, know how to load, ride and unload safely.
Visit NSAA’s Responsibility Code page for more information.
Always remember to warm up and stretch before you start skiing. When you get to Soldier Mountain ski resort, if you’ve never skied before — or even if you have — sign up for ski lessons. Even the best athletes in the world can’t ski on their own the first time out. The best way to learn is from a trained instructor certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Private lessons will give you the most one-on-one time with an instructor, but less-expensive group lessons work very well too and are an opportunity to make some new friends.
Visit our Snow School page for more information.
1. Always ski with a friend: No matter how good a skier you are, it’s possible to have a bad fall and be unable to continue skiing. Having a friend to look out for you and, if necessary, summon the ski patrol is much safer than skiing alone.
2. Know your limits: Be honest with yourself when it comes to your skiing ability. If you’re a beginner, stick to the beginner slopes until you feel comfortable enough to move up to something steeper. Most ski trails are clearly marked as green circles (beginner terrain), blue squares (intermediate terrain), or black diamonds (advanced terrain). If a trail says it’s for experts only, it means just that. Skiing terrain that is beyond your ability is not only any fun; it’s also a good way to get hurt.
3. Follow the rules: Never venture past the ski area boundary or ski into a closed area. These areas are off-limits for a reason. The ski patrol does not patrol them, and they usually contain hazards that you don’t want to deal with. Also, pay attention to any warning signs you might see. If a sign says, “Slow skiing area,” you’ll want to go slow to avoid other skiers. If a sign says, “Cliff,” you’ll want to go another way or stop before you go over the edge.
4. Practice skier etiquette: Remember that skiers in front of you or below you on the trail have the right of way. You can see them, but they probably can’t see you, so it’s up to you to avoid them. Never stop in the middle of a trail or anywhere you can’t see above, such as below a dropoff. Look uphill to ensure no one is coming toward you before starting down a trail or merging onto a new trail. If you’re passing another skier on a catwalk or narrow trail, call out “On your right” or “On your left” to let them know you’re coming up behind them.
5. Have a great time: Skiing is fun—lots of fun. And while there are risks involved, this shouldn’t keep you from having a blast on the slopes. So grab a friend and get out there!
TRAIL DIFFICULTY DESIGNATIONS
- Green Circle: Easier
- Blue Square: More Difficult
- Black Diamond: Most Difficult
- Double-Black Diamond: Most Difficult, use extra caution
- Orange Oval: Freestyle Terrain.
Remember, terrain designation is based on several factors and can be assigned based on a degree of slope difficulty. The level of difficulty for the blue square at Soldier may be more or less difficult than a blue square run at a different resort. Be safe when choosing runs and make a plan to only choose runs that suit your ability. Look at the posted signs, trail map, and talk to employees if you are unsure of an appropriate run.
Visit NSAA’s Smart Style / Park Smart page for more information.
A tree well/ Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) accident can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls into a tree well or area of deep loose snow and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow and suffocates. The more snow there is, the higher the risk, so be aware when you are skiing.
Tips to help prevent a tree well accident:
- Ride with a partner.
- Avoid the base of trees when skiing and riding in deep snow.
- If you are going to fall, attempt to do so feet first.
Visit NSAA’s Tree Well & Deep Snow Safety page for more information.
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 its accumulation on steep, mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury and death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness.
Taking these steps may help reduce the risk:
- Always ski with a partner and keep them within your sight at all times
- Obey all signs and closures
- Carry avalanche equipment such as beacons or transceivers, reflectors, probes, and shovels when skiing or riding in areas where avalanches may occur and wear a helmet
Visit Avalanche.org for more information.
Visit Sawtooth Avalanche Center for current avalanche conditions.
We use a severity and escalation approach. Violations with mild severity will most likely result in education and a warning. More severe violations will result in a ticket/pass removal for the day. Relatively minor violations where the guest’s response escalates the situation may result in higher consequences. We track guests who receive multiple violations to educate and hold each person accountable.
1st Violation/Strike: The guest is usually allowed continued privileges depending on their attitude and the nature of the violation.
2nd Violation/Strike: Ticket holders will generally have their access revoked for the rest of the day without refund and will be issued a minimum 24-hour suspension from further skiing or riding. Guests may be suspended for 4 days or more depending on their attitude and the nature of the violation. Pass holders will generally have their pass suspended for a minimum of 24 hours but may be suspended for 4 days or more, depending on their attitude and the nature of the violation.
3rd Violation/Strike: Pass holders and daily ticket purchasers will be suspended indefinitely. Management will reevaluate eligibility for future ticket and pass purchases anytime a guest receives a third warning/strike in one season.