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OFF-HOURS/UPHILL TRAFFIC GUIDELINES

UPHILL TRAFFIC IS NOT PERMITTED DURING HOURS OF LIFT OPERATIONS

5:00 PM TO MIDNIGHT
Recreation is prohibited on the Mansfield/FourRunner Quad trails (including Toll House Area) as grooming is in process.

MIDNIGHT TO 7:00 AM:
Recreation is prohibited on Gondola Trails as grooming is in process.

SPRUCE TRAILS:
Recreation is prohibited on Main Street (including Main Street Headwall) AT ALL TIMES during off-hours.

CHANGES TO STOWE GROOMING PLANS DO OCCUR.  EXPECT OPERATIONS TO TAKE PLACE AT ANY TIME ON ANY TERRAIN!

WARNING: SLOPE VEHICLES AND OTHER HAZARDS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME.  PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION, DISPLAY A LIGHT AND WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING.

 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT:
You are responsible for wearing bright reflective clothing and for displaying a light. Just as our vehicles are equipped with warning lights, you should equip yourself so that you are as visible as possible.

WINCHING:
We often use specialized grooming tractors, called “winch cats.”  Winch cats spool out steel cables, attached to fixed or anchor points or to parked snowcats, to climb and descend pitches.  These cables are not easily visible.  Contact with a winch cable can be deadly.  Winching can occur on any trail, not just on steep pitches!

Winching may be in progress when you observe one or more of the following:

                *A red beacon on the ground or on a snow cat

                *Piling a mound of snow at the top of the trail being winched

                *A sign that indicates that winching is in progress.

If you see these or any other indications that winching may be in progress, STAY AWAY from the area- pick another route!

 

SNOWCAT/SNOWMOBILE SAFETY:
If you see a snowcat or snowmobile coming, don’t hide!   Go the side of the trail and shine your light toward the snowcat.  The operator wants to know where you are!

If the full width of the trail isn’t groomed, you should expect snowcats to return once they’ve gone by you.  Make sure that you are able to step to the side of the trail if they return.

NEVER follow a snowcat down the mountain.  Even the best skier or rider can catch an edge and fall, resulting in a fatal slide into a tiller.

 

SNOWMAKING IN PROGRESS:
Snowmaking equipment can pose hazards in addition to the ones described above.  At night, snowmaking snow may be wet and heavy, and snow may not be consistent from gun to gun.  We also may have long hoses stretched between our movable guns and fixed hydrants.  These hoses contain high-pressure air and water, (and even electricity at times) and skiing over them is extremely dangerous.

PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM ALL SNOWMAKING EQUIPMENT.

 

EMERGENCY SERVICES:
Make a plan and stick to it. Let someone know where you are going.   We do not provide emergency services when we are not open for business.  If you or a member of your party is injured out on a trail at night, you will need to call 911, so bring a charged mobile phone.   Know your route so that you can report it to the dispatcher- be prepared!

 

DOGS:
Please keep your dog on a leash or better yet, leave him/her at home.

SLEDDING:
Sledding and ski slopes don’t mix.  We do not permit sledding on any of our alpine trails at any time.