Safety

Important Announcement

December 10, 2018 until further notice

Please be advised that for the safety of our general public, guests and employees, uphill access will be very limited during the early season due to mountain operations and snowmaking work taking place at the resort. Early season trails for uphill access include: Lower Tyro --> Lullaby Lane --> Toll Road from close of lifts to midnight. From midnight to opening of lifts, uphill access is available on Nosedive and Perry Merrill.  For any questions about skinning or hiking, or for trail recommendations, please call 802-253-3690.

Mountain Safety

Stowe Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts take the safety of our guests and employees very seriously. All skiers and riders are responsible for skiing and riding responsibly, complying with the Your Responsibility Code and avoiding collisions with other skiers and riders.
 
Ski Patrol: 1 (802) 253-3620

 

Your Responsibility Code

Stowe Mountain Resort is committed to promoting ski safety. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe the Your Responsibility Code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Be advised that Stowe Mountain Resort does not mark all potential obstacles and hazards. When marked, poles, flags, fencing, signage, padding and other forms of marking are used to inform skiers and riders of the location of potential obstacles or hazards. These markers are no guarantee of your safety. It is part of your responsibility under the Your Responsibility Code.

Warning

Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at Stowe Mountain Resort is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts. Skiers and riders should begin with the easiest terrain and then move up in difficulty as their ability permits, in order to understand the relative rating at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Extreme Terrain

Extreme terrain contains cliffs, very steep slopes, rocks and other hazards. Skiing and boarding Extreme Terrain is for experts only.

Electronic Devices

Vail Resorts strongly discourages the use of electronic devices, including cell phones, personal entertainment and communication devices and any other electronic equipment that utilizes head/earphones while skiing and snowboarding, or loading and unloading lifts.

Caution

Snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.
Slow Zones

Certain areas (indicated on the map in yellow) are designated as slow zones. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing will not be tolerated.

Helmet Use

Stowe Mountain Resort encourages our guests to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of winter sports helmets. Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear a helmet, every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety, and for that of others using the ski area facilities.

Employees in uniform are available to assist with safety questions and are empowered to suspend or revoke the skiing or riding privileges of anyone demonstrating reckless or inappropriate behavior.

For any additional information, call  (802) 253-3000 or email stoweinfo@vailresorts.com.

Out of Bounds

The Ski Area Boundary of Stowe Mountain Resort is clearly marked on all trail maps, signs and 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 a 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 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 to bring extra supplies.
  • You and your party are on your own. Night falls quickly in the winter. If you head out too 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 call services may be limited or unavailable in some areas.

Mount Mansfield is a unique and precious natural area. Travel on the summit 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. 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 leapfrog mentality when skiing with a partner or partners.
  • 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. Cell 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.
  • Save Ski Patrol's phone number and enable voice command if your device is capable. This can assist with hands-free calling when immobilized, but never rely solely on you cell phone for emergency response.
  • If possible, try to create an air pocket in front of your face.

Remember, if you lose contact with a friend, you could lose a friend.
 
To view Stowe Mountain Rescue's "Backcountry Skiing & Riding Safety" video, click here.
 
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 Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol. Patrol is available whenever the lift is running.
 
Drone Use
 
Due to safety and privacy concerns for guests, employees and property, the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, is prohibited above or within Stowe Mountain Resort.
 
Dogs
 
Dogs and skiing don't mix. We do not recommend that you bring your pet to the mountain. If you do, please keep him or her in the base areas, respect Stowe's leash law and maintain control of your dog.
 
Equipment
 
Alpine and telemark ski equipment, snowboard equipment and adaptive equipment are the only types of gear permitted for downhill use on Stowe's alpine trails.
 
For additional information, call 1 (802) 253-3000 or email info@stowe.com.

Uphill Access Program: Hiking, Skinning and Snowshoeing

Stowe Mountain Resort and the State of Vermont support outdoor recreation and the public use of State Forests. One manner in which the public may enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains is by skinning or hiking. Because outdoor enthusiasts choose to use our trails outside of our recreational business hours, when trail maintenance and other operations take place on our alpine trails, we present the following Uphill Access Program that is expected to be followed at your own risk.
 

In-Season Uphill Traffic Policy
 
During hours of daytime operation, uphill access is permitted on the following trail:
  • Toll House-Easy Mile trail, which extends from the base of the Toll House lift to the intersection of Lullaby Lane.

Uphill traffic shall:
  • Ascend the skier's left side of the trail (skinner's right).
  • When more than one person is ascending, proceed single file.
  • Follow the Your Responsibility Code.
  • Obey all signage and closures.
  • A valid ticket or Season Pass is required to access the lifts.
  • No restrictions for downhill travel during operating hours.

During nonoperational hours, uphill/downhill skiing and riding is permitted on the following trails:
 
Midnight-Opening of FourRunner Quad (8 a.m. weekdays, 7:30 a.m. weekends and holidays)
  • Mansfield - Nosedive
  • Mansfield - Perry Merrill

 
Close of lifts-Midnight
  • Mansfield - Lower Tyro to Lullaby Lane to Toll Road (providing access to the Stone Hut in the evenings) 

 

Downhill Travel & Closed Trails
 
Your downhill route must mirror your uphill ascent during nonoperational hours. Once the mountain is open for the day, other trails are accessible for downhill use. Other than the terrain presented above, all trails are closed and inaccessible to uphill travel. For safety reasons, public uphill access is restricted on trails during mountain preparation/early season snowmaking, due to inconsistent and potentially unstable conditions. Stowe Mountain Resort will open the trails designated for uphill access when preseason operations are complete and the trails have been opened to the public for access by lift. Never ski or ride on a closed trail. Do no impede or obstruct ski area operations, and avoid areas where machinery is operating. Failure to abide by these terms may result in the loss of your pass privileges and/or additional consequences.
 
During nonoperational times, skiers and riders shall:
  • Be as visible as possible to others. Use headlamps and other lights. Wear bright, reflective clothing.
  • Avoid areas where resort equipment may be working. When approaching a grooming machine or snowmobile, step off to the side of the trail and use a light to draw the attention of the operator. Never follow a grooming machine.
  • Stay away from snowmaking equipment. Do not ski or step on hoses.
  • Keep dogs on leashes or leave them at home.
  • Be aware of the location of any winch operations. Signs that winching may be in progress include a red beacon on the ground or on a snow cat, mounds of snow that have been piled at the top of the trail that is being winched, or a posted warning that winching is in progress.
  • Know that Resort Emergency Services are not available during nonoperational periods. If you or a member of your party is injured, call 911. Know your route and be prepared to share it with emergency correspondence.
  • Obey all signage and closures.

Parking

Parking for Uphill Access participants between 4:30pm and midnight is located directly adjacent to the Mansfield Lodge. Between midnight and 7:30am, Uphill Access parking is in Lot B.

The program is subject to change based on operational changes and needs. Sledding and mountain bikes are not permitted on Stowe alpine trails at any time.

Uphill activities may present a high danger of personal injury. Uphill users of Stowe Mountain Resort assume all risks associated with access. The ski area is not maintained for uphill access and trails are not patrolled outside of normal ski area operating hours. Motorized vehicles, snowmaking and other ski area operations may be encountered.

For any questions about skinning or hiking, or for trail recommendations, please call 802-253-3690.