Mountain Safety
Mountain Saftey - people joyfully throwing snow into the air
Mountain Safety

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

Learn More ►

Visit Sugar Bowl National Ski Patrol Website ►

Uphill Use Policy pass not valid at Royal Gorge XC)


(Donner Summit, Calif.) – Sugar Bowl Resort has been awarded this year’s “Best Chairlift Safety Program” by the National Ski Areas Association, an industry organization representing 325 alpine resorts and 472 suppliers across the country. The award, presented to Sugar Bowl’s CEO and President Rob Kautz at this year’s National Convention and Tradeshow in Palm Springs, recognizes the resort’s efforts to elevate awareness and implement best safety practices across the resort, most notably in the area of chairlift safety. This marks the second NSAA award recognition for Sugar Bowl in the past three seasons, having won the “Best Guest Service Program” award in 2010.

After a tragic chairlift fatality incident in which a seven-year-old Sugar Bowl Ski Team member fell from the Mt. Lincoln chairlift on December 18, 2011, the resort worked in close cooperation with the family to implement the John Henderson Memorial Chairlift Safety Initiative, a comprehensive, 13 piece safety program with guiding principles focused on elevating education, awareness and training for both staff and guests. Components of the initiative include heightened monitoring via new streaming webcams installed at the bottom of several lift terminals, new incident investigation protocols, reduced 3:1 student-to-teacher ratios in children’s lessons, a “sit on the spot” chairlift target campaign, base-area practice chairs, lowering all restraining bars for skiers and riders under 51? in height, and more. The program has been well-received by skiers and riders, and now recognized as exemplary by the industry.

In addition, Sugar Bowl celebrated NSAA Ski Safety Week this season with a new “S.A.F.E.T.Y.” campaign, in which each letter represented a different safety initiative, each day of the week. S was for “Sit on the Spot”, the resort’s new bulls-eye loading targets on several chairlifts; A was for “Avalanche Awareness” and the resort’s Backcountry Adventure Center aimed at educating backcountry skiers on best safety practices; F was for “First Aid”, a nod to the professional Ski Patrollers keeping it safe on the slopes every day of the season; E was for “Education”, as in Know the Code and Smart Style terrain park etiquette; T was for “Tree Well Awareness”, an extension of snow submersion safety; and Y was for “Y wear a helmet?”, pointing to the NSAA’s Lids on Kids helmet safety program.

Sugar Bowl Resort launches S.A.F.E.T.Y. campaign as part of NSAA National Safety Awareness Week

(Donner Summit, Calif.) – Sugar Bowl Resort announced today a week-long campaign aimed at raising safety education and awareness at the resort, as part of the National Ski Area Association’s Ski Safety Awareness Week. Simply turning the word into an acronym, the S.A.F.E.T.Y. campaign effectively messages one key mountain safety component per letter. Starting Tuesday, January 22, going through Sunday, January 27, the resort will dedicate each day toward promoting a different safety message, with perks, prizes, and giveaways for active participation.

Sugar Bowl Resort’s S.A.F.E.T.Y. program includes the following initiatives:

S is for Sit on the Spot and Sugar Bowl’s new Chairlift Safety Initiative. As part of a comprehensive effort, Sugar Bowl has installed red and white bullseye targets on the seats of select chairlifts, serving to remind skiers and riders of all ages that the ideal target location is there on the chair, and to sit and stay exactly there for the entire duration of the ride. Sugar Bowl has also installed a stationary base-area practice chair, implemented closed-circuit cameras for improved lift operator training, expanded the reduced ratio 3:1 student-to-instructor lessons, and placed educational awareness signage for skiers and riders under 51” to promote proper safety bar usage. On Tuesday, January 22, skiers and riders are encouraged to ride the Nob Hill, Christmas Tree and White Pine chairlifts to sit on the spot!

A is for Avalanche Awareness and Sugar Bowl’s Backcountry Adventure Center, offering educational seminars on the science of snow and professionally guided-tours into the backcountry surrounding the resort. The key takeaway is to “know before you go”, and to sign up for a seminar to educate yourself on proper safety protocol in the backcountry. On Wednesday, skiers and riders are encouraged to stop in and say hi to the guides at the BAC, located in the lower level of the Village Hall.

F is for First Aid and an appreciative nod to the professional and dedicated Ski Patrollers who are out there every day, keeping our mountain safe to ski and ride. On Thursday, stop in to the ski patrol office at the top of the Disney lift, say hello to the patrollers and enjoy a free hot chocolate.

E is for Education and familiarizing yourself with the Skier’s Responsibility Code and Smart Style Terrain Park Etiquette codes. It’s every skier and rider’s responsibility to know these codes! On Friday, take a lap through the terrain park and practice the codes for yourself. Sugar Bowl staff will be out there giving away prizes to skiers and riders personifying the Responsibility and Smart Style codes.

T is for Tree Well Awareness, an extension of Snow Immersion Safety, both vitally important practices on deeper powder days. On Saturday, make a conscious effort to survey your surroundings, so on the next powder day you’ll know where the safest terrain is.

Y is for Y Wear a Helmet? Because it’s the smart thing to do! Sugar Bowl supports the Lids on Kids campaign and encourage all skiers and riders to wear a helmet while out enjoying the mountain. On Sunday, Sugar Bowl staff will be out and about handing out Sugar Bowl stickers to skiers and riders wearing helmets while enjoying the slopes.

Sugar Bowl wants all guests to enjoy a safe and memorable mountain adventure, and by adhering to the S.A.F.E.T.Y. takeaways we can all do just that, all season long.

Phone: (530) 426-9000
Snow Phone: (530) 426-1111
Address: 629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden CA 95724
Press Room   •   Privacy Policy   •   Terms & Conditions   •   © 2016 Sugar Bowl Resort - All Rights Reserved