Mountain Safety

At Sugar Bowl, your safety and enjoyment is our number one priority.

Be safe out on the mountain by always wearing the proper safety equipment such as a helmet and protective outer clothing.
We strive to deliver the ultimate alpine experience, so you can enjoy the beauty of the mountains and the wonderful sport of skiing in a safe and accommodating environment. This effort involves both of us, and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with all mountain safety rules and regulations, recommendations and best practices. A joint effort, we work together to ensure your day on the mountain is safe and enjoyable, and that you'll return for another. Sugar Bowl and in safety.
Responsibility Code

Sugar Bowl is committed to promoting slope safety. Please show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and riding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know the code. It is your responsibility.

  • 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's 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.
Sugar Bowl Terrain Park. Skier riding up onto a barrel.

Terrain Park Safety

Terrain Park Safety

Freestyle Terrain may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. PRIOR to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air.

Chairlift Safety

We want all our guests to have a safe and enjoyable mountain adventure. By paying attention at all times and respecting operator instructions, we can do just that. When loading, always grab chair as it approaches. Sit firmly in chair, facing forward. If not properly seated, alert lift operator immediately. Always lower the bar, and let your fellow riders know it's being lowered. Don't adjust gear or lean on bar for any reason. Say "bar up" prior to raising bar. Unload safely and clear off ramp area immediately. Obey all posted and verbal instructions, and please familiarize yourself with our Kids on Lifts Program.

John Marco Henderson sitting on a chair lift at Sugar Bowl smiling and wearing his helmet with a blue jacket.
In December of 2011 our community suffered a great loss. John Marco Henderson, age 7, died after falling from the Mt. Lincoln chairlift while skiing with the Sugar Bowl Ski Team. Sugar Bowl Corporation and Sugar Bowl Ski Team have worked with John’s parents to investigate how this accident occurred and determine what steps could be taken to prevent a similar tragedy. At Sugar Bowl, safety remains our highest priority.
Panoramic image of Sugar Bowl resort from the north on a sunny day.

Snow Immersion

Snow Immersion Suffocation

A tree well/snow immersion suffocation accident can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls into a tree well or deep loose snow and becomes immobilized. Without immediate help from your partner, you may suffocate.

Drone Policy

At Sugar Bowl Resort, the use of drones and radio controlled model aircraft, which are currently considered an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), is a public and guest safety concern, and, where cameras are used, a potential privacy issue. Drones are not allowed to be used by the public at Sugar Bowl Resort, both at the base areas and up on the mountain. The safety and privacy of our guests is our primary concern.
Drone flying above a forrest with mountains in the background.

Drone Policy