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SlopeWise Code

Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat is committed to promoting skier/rider safety and has established the SlopeWise and ParkWise Programs. Under these programs, all skiers/riders must be responsible, treat each other with respect, be considerate, and know and comply with the Colorado Ski Safety Act, Your Responsibility Code, Colorado law, and the SlopeWise and ParkWise Programs.


Steamboat reserves the right to terminate privileges on a first offence if it determines, in its sole discretion, that such action is appropriate. Especially egregious behavior could mean that an individual is banned from the slopes for up to two years or more. It is the individual's responsibility to understand, and adhere to all rules, laws or regulations of the resort, city, county and state. See below

The following will not be tolerated:

  • Fast and/or reckless skiing/riding.
  • Refusal to show and/or relinquish your pass to a mountain employee when requested.
  • Violent behavior, or abusive, foul or threatening language.
  • Skiing/riding in a closed area. It is your responsibility to know what trails or slopes are open and closed. Skiing/riding in a closed area is illegal and you may be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000.
  • Going over or under a rope or past another closure indicator is also illegal and you may be fined up to $1,000.
  • Riding a lift or skiing/riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Actions or behaviors that in our judgment may endanger your safety or the safety of others.
  • Violating the law, including the Colorado Ski Safety Act.


The Colorado legislature established as a matter of law that certain dangers and risks are inherent in the sport of skiing.


Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: Changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects; man-made objects; or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities. The Ski Safety Act includes cliffs, extreme terrain, jumps and freestyle terrain as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.


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

This is a partial list. It is designed for your own protection and endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National Ski Patrol, Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Avoid all obstacles. Fencing, poles, padding and other markings are intended to alert you to certain hazards, not to protect you from injury. Steamboat management reserves the right to refuse access to the mountain to any person with equipment other than conventional alpine skis, telemark skis, snowboards or adaptive ski equipment.


  • If someone is injured, cross skis or place a snowboard securely in the snow above the accident.
  • Call Patrol 970.871.5911. If emergency call 911.
  • Patrol will ask for the number of the phone from which you are calling, the exact location of injury, the description of the injured person and nature of the injury.
  • Remain calm


Grooming equipment, snowmobiles, snowmaking equipment, and other vehicles may be encountered at any time. While rare both inside and outside of the posted ski area boundary, avalanches may occur at any time without warning. Become educated on how to reduce the risks through your own actions and awareness. Visit or contact the Steamboat Patrol.


Colorado Law requires that you give your name to a resort employee before you leave the vicinity if you are involved in a collision resulting in an injury. Witnesses are also encouraged to contact a resort employee.


Steamboat discourages the use of electronic devices (cell phones, music players or earphones) while skiing/riding, or loading or unloading lifts.


Yampa Valley Medical Center (970.879.1322) provides emergency care 24 hours a day.


Steamboat recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under Your Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.


  • Always wear sunscreen, sunglasses and hat or helmet, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear proper clothing to protect against frostbite.
  • Keep hydrated, drink plenty of fluids.
  • Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with Steamboat's high altitude. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing and difficulty in breathing. If symptoms persist or if you have concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.
  • Be Alert for wildlife.


Steamboat has earned a world-wide reputation for its tree skiing/riding and signature Champagne Powder™ snow. Skiing or riding in tree areas and deep snow is an individual choice and carries with it inherent risks. A fall into deep snow or a tree well can be suffocating and fatal.

  • Be aware of deep snow conditions, tree wells and other natural and manmade obstacles. Do not ski/ride too close to trees in deep or windblown snow conditions.
  • If skiing/riding in deep snow or near trees, stay with a partner and remain in visual contact.
  • Stay close enough to either pull or dig out your partner.
  • If your partner becomes immersed, first try to clear an airway, then call Patrol, 970.871.5911.
  • For further information visit and


Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained; avalanche and other hazards exist. Access to public lands outside the boundary is provided through marked access points. Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation assumes no responsibility for the safety and welfare of skiers going beyond the ski area boundary. Rescue in the backcountry is the responsibility of the Routt County Sheriff's Office. If available, rescue is costly and may be very slow.