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Base Depth:30" - 60"
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Mountain Safety

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The safety and well-being of our guests and employees is paramount to all of us at Stowe Mountain Resort.  The following pages will provide helpful on-mountain safety information for everyone who visits Stowe.

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.

DEEP SNOW SMARTS

Any time you leave the maintained trails and enter the woods, you expose yourself to increased risks.  With our recent snowfall, there are now additional hazards that are present in the woods, one of which is snow immersion suffocation.  Snow immersion suffocation can occur when a skier or rider falls in soft, unconsolidated snow and cannot free him or herself.  Immersion fatalities are most commonly associated with tree wells, where low hanging branches at the base of trees block snow from consolidating, creating a void that doesn’t fill with packed snow.  But other conditions, such as the presence of streams, rocks and fallen branches can create similarly hazardous conditions.  In all of these situations, it is extremely difficult and often impossible for the fallen person to free him or herself.  For this reason, it is critical that woods skiers and riders maintain LINE OF SIGHT contact with each other, so that they can assist fallen partners.

Never forget good woods smarts:

  • Don’t go in alone, and maintain line of sight with your partner(s).  Use the leap-frog mentality when skiing with a partner(s)
  • Know where you are going.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Stay away from the base of trees and low lying areas such as stream beds.
  • Don’t enter the woods late in the day or in bad weather.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone; phones can be helpful but there is no guarantee that you will have service in the mountains.

In the event of a snow immersion emergency:

  • Do not panic-  struggling and thrashing can make the situation worse.
  • Carry a whistle in your chest pocket, one’s voice can be lost within minutes of yelling
  • Always save the Patrol’s phone number and enable voice command if your device is capable.  This can assist with hand’s free calling when immobilized.  But don’t ever rely solely on your cell phone for emergency response.
  • If possible try to create an air pocket in front of your face.

Remember, if you lose contact with your friend, you could lose your friend.

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 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.

Drone Use

Out of concern for the safety of our guests,  recreational drone use is prohibited on or over Stowe Mountain Resort property. Commercial drone use is prohibited at SMR without prior written authorization from the SMR VP of Sales and Marketing.

Dogs

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.

Equipment

Alpine & telemark ski equipment, snowboard equipment and adaptive equipment are the only types of  gear permitted for downhill use on Stowe’s alpine tails.

Please contact our Information Center for any additional information:
802-253-3000 or info@stowe.com