Stowe Mountain Resort

Mountain Safety

Your Responsibility Code

Safety is the cornerstone of skiing and riding. Stowe Mountain Resort fully supports the nationally recognized rules of skiing and riding, Your Responsibility Code. It is your responsibility to know and practice the Code.

Please be respectful to other users. If you are overtaking another skier or rider on a trail, allow plenty of room- you are responsible for the downhill person. Don’t ski at excessive speeds on novice trails or in crowded areas.


Stowe has six terrain parks, and each has its own character and level of difficulty. 

Midway Park: A great place to begin.  A mix of small jumps and rails, this is where new freestyle terrain users should start at Stowe.  Located adjacent to the Midway Surface Lift, just above the Gondola Base.

Lord of the Rails: A line of rails of varying shapes and difficulties.  Find this on Lower Lord below the Crossover trail.

5th Avenue Rail Garden: First to open and last to close, this line of rails changes frequently throughout the season.  Located at the top of the Mountain Triple Chair.

North Slope Park: This park is great for working on skills and for trying bigger features, once you are comfortable on small ones.

Lower Standard Park: Medium-to large-sized features are located on Standard below the Crossover trail.

Tyro Park:  Large features for expert users only. These competition-level features require the most advanced freestyle terrain skills, and should not be attempted by anyone but the most experienced and competent users.

Click here for more information on Stowe Parks.


Uphill Travel

Uphill travel on resort alpine trails is PROHIBITED during hours of operations. Stowe does not recommend the use of our trails during non-operational hours. However, if you do choose to skin, snowshoe or hike our trails after or before the lifts are running, then please be aware of the following:

  • Mountain operations take place AT ALL TIMES.  Avoid all machinery and equipment.
  • STAY AWAY from winch cats- contact with the a cat or cable may be deadly. The cable between the anchor and the winch may be very difficult to see, and the cable may extend for thousands of feet in the air, on or under the snow.  Some warnings that winching is in progress may include
    • A red beacon on the ground or on a snowcat
    • A mound of snow that the operator has piled across the trail entrance
    • A sign indicating the presence of winching operations
  • Freshly groomed snow means that a snowcat is in the area.  Take another route and avoid that area!
  • Make yourself as visible as possible.  Wear bright and/or reflective clothing and wear a headlamp or use a flashlight.
  • Pack in/pack out.  Trash belongs in a trash can.
  • Make a plan.  Know where you are going, and never go alone.  On-site rescue response is not available after hours, and resort buildings are closed.  Call 911 in an emergency, but remember that cell service may be limited or unavailable in some areas.

Out of Bounds

The Ski Area Boundary of Stowe Mountain Resort is clearly marked on all Trail Maps, signs, and other postings around the resort. Anything beyond this boundary is outside of the open and designated trail systems at Stowe Mountain Resort. Vermont Law states that any person who uses as ski area’s facilities to access terrain outside of the open and designated trail abandons certain rights AND shall be liable for any costs of rescue, medical or other services. 

If you do choose to recreate beyond the Ski Area Boundary, please remember:

  • These areas contain many increased risks and hazards, many of which are hidden and/or may lie at or under the surface.
  • It is easy to get lost.  Know where you are going, and never go alone.
  • Weather constantly changes in the mountains.  Monitor weather forecasts.  Be prepared and bring extra supplies.
  • You and your party are on your own.  Night falls quickly in the winter.  If you head out late in the afternoon, you may get caught in the dark, which can turn small problems into very big ones.
  • Call 911 in an emergency, but remember that cell service may be limited or unavailable in some areas.
    Summit Area: Mt. Mansfield is a unique and precious natural area.  Travel in the summit area can damage or kill rare, fragile plants.  Please respect this precious resource and only travel where the snowpack is thick and stable.

Stowe Mountain Rescue’s backcountry skiing & riding  safety video

Accidents on the Trails

If  you come across an injured skier or rider, remain calm.  If you are a skier and are able to do so, cross your skis above the injured person so that he/she is visible from above;  alternatively, ask someone to stand above the injured person.   If you have a cell phone and are have service, contact the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol at 802-253-3620.  Patrol is available whenever the lifts are running.

Be prepared to describe the injury and the location of the incident in detail, and please do not hang up on the patrol until they release you from the call.  Do not provide any first aid for which you are not qualified or equipped. 

If you are involved in a collision between two people and someone is injured, know that Vermont State Law requires that the two parties exchange names and contact information, and that this information must be shared with the ski patrol. 


Dogs and skiing don’t mix. We don’t recommend that you bring your pet to the mountain. If you do, please keep him or her in the base areas. And please respect Stowe’s leash law and maintain control of your dog.

Sleds, Ski Bobs and Other Devices

Alpine & telemark ski equipment, snowboard equipment and adaptive equipment are the only types of  gear permitted for downhill use on Stowe’s alpine tails.  Unless specifically used as adaptive equipment, sleds, ski bikes, tubes, ski bobs and other types of sliding/sledding gear are not allowed for use on Stowe alpine trails, either during operations or when the resort is closed for business.

Additional Safety Links

NSAA Lids on Kids