Safety

FOLLOW THESE HELPFUL HINTS TO MAKE YOUR ON-MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE EVEN BETTER!

Safety is a way of life!

At Eldora Mountain Resort we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable day on the mountain.  Mountain safety is imperative to achieving success on the mountain for years to come, however skiing and riding has inherent risks.  Awareness of your surroundings and respect for others can help minimize the risk.  Being courteous and follow the “Your Responsibility Code” to help keep you and others free from injury and on the slopes all season.

HEADS UP – KNOW THE CODE, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!

Your Responsibility Code:

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. DO 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 help 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.

Safety Tips

Slow Zones – Eldora is committed to skier safety. Space and speed are important in reducing risks while skiing/riding on the mountain.  Eldora has designated Slow skiing zones in Family Ski Areas, high traffic areas, around Base Area facilities, and near lift-loading areas. These areas are clearly marked with on-trail “SLOW” signs.  Please obey these signs and give other skiers plenty of space.  Fast and Reckless skiing will not be tolerated and could result in the loss of ticket/pass.

Know Your Limits – No one wants to end up in a Patrol toboggan for an injury or because they are in over their head.  Listen to your body.  Stretch and warm up properly before pushing your personal limits or skill level.  Always stay within your skill ability.  When in doubt, ask a member of the Ski Patrol for advice on which trail best suits your ability.  Take it easy late in the day when you begin to get tired, this is when most accidents occur.

Helmets – Eldora and the NSAA urges all skiers and riders to wear a helmet.  Staying in control and skiing in a controlled manner is the best way to prevent injury to yourself and others.  While a helmet does not guarantee your safety or prevent certain injuries, they can make a difference in reducing the severity of some head injuries.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced skier, no one is too cool for head injury prevention.  If you forgot your helmet or would like to purchase one, helmets are available at Eldora Mountain Sports and retail shops in the Indian Peaks and Timbers Lodge.
NSAA has partnered with the organization “Lids on Kids” to promote the use of helmet use with children.  More information can be found on the Lids on Kids website.

Ski Patrol – Eldora Ski Patrol cares.  Our dedicated ski patrol consists of full time and volunteer professionals and are here to provide a safe and enjoyable day of skiing or riding. They are committed to providing efficient emergency response, information and directions, conduct traffic and speed control, and assist with general problems.  Eldora patrollers are passionate about our mountain and can be identified by their red jackets with a white cross.
Report injuries by dialing 217, 218 from any on-mountain emergency phone or by calling 303-258-8102 with a cell phone. Cell phone coverage may be limited. Accidents can also be reported to the nearest Ski Patrol station or Lift Attendant.  When on scene of an injury, do not remove the injured person’s equipment, place your own skis upright in the snow above the scene and send someone to call for ski patrol.

Ski Patrol can be found at the following locations:

  • First Aid Room in Base Area
  • Top of Challenge Lift – Patrol HQ
  • Lookout at the top of Corona Lift

Are you an expert skier or rider and have a passion for the sport?  Do you want to help others while doing something you love?  Then explore our opportunities with the Eldora Ski Patrol.  We have both paid and volunteer patrollers and are always looking for more passionate people to join our team.  Stop by any Patrol station for more information.

Backcountry – Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled, maintained, or controlled.  Eldora assumes no responsibility for skiers venturing to the backcountry beyond the ski area boundary.  To access the backcountry use designated access gates only.  Avalanches, unmarked obstacles and other hazards exist.  Be aware that backcountry avalanche conditions vary day to day and can be extreme.  Please educate yourself on the current avalanche conditions and the use of rescue equipment.  Rescue in the backcountry, if available, is the responsibility of the Boulder County Sheriff’s office and can be costly and lengthy.

Brush up on your avalanche beacon rescue skills with Eldora’s free Avalanche Beacon Training Park in the area above Jolly Jug Glades.  There are two buried beacon transmitters in the area and the beacon problems change weekly.  For more information, please stop by the Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Challenge Lift.

Electronic Music Devices – Using all of our senses is imperative to staying injury and conflict free.  Impeding your hearing greatly reduces the ability to react to your surroundings and warnings, or even have a conversation with new friends on the chairlift.  Eldora Mountain Resort and the Eldora Ski Patrol strongly discourages the use of electronic music devices while skiing and riding.  If you must use music devices while skiing/snowboarding, use it at a lower volume so you can still hear the surroundings and follow instructions of lift operators or other mountain personnel.

Snowmobiles, Snowcats, and Snowmaking equipment – May be encountered at any time.  Use your senses wisely.  Listen and look for over the snow vehicles and snowmaking equipment.  Give all on-mountain vehicles and snowmaking equipment plenty of space.

Tips For Kids – Make sure your child is ready for a day on the slopes.  Dress them in properly layered clothing and be sure they are dressed appropriately for the conditions.  When skiing with your child, establish pre-determined meeting place in case you get separated.  Walkie-talkies can be useful for communicating.  Write down your name and phone number and put it in a secured pocket with the child and make sure they know where it is.  Show them how to find help.  Talk to patrollers and tell your kids they are there to help them.  Be sure they have proper sun protection, even on cloudy days.  The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you might think.   Protect their eyes with goggles or sunglasses.  Put them in Ski School!  Kids learn faster and have fun with other kids.  Instructors are trained on how to teach kids and will properly instruct children how to ski safely.

Chairlift Safety – Getting up the mountain safely is just as important as getting down the mountain.

Use these chairlift loading and unloading tips when using chairlifts:

  • Pay attention to the lift attendant’s instructions and obey all signs and warnings
  • If you need the lift slowed down, ask BEFORE entering the loading area
  • Hold poles in 1 hand when loading and unloading
  • Do not lean out of a chairlift to try to retrieve a falling piece of clothing or equipment
  • Do not lean forward to unbuckle boots or adjust equipment on the lift
  • Pull down the bar after notifying other passenger

To ensure safety, children riding lifts at Eldora must be able to load, ride, and unload the lift without being carried.  Children in backpacks are not allowed on any lifts or ski trails at Eldora Mountain Resort.  All children must be wearing skis or snowboard while using chairlifts at Eldora.  The Kids on Lifts campaign was started by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) to help educate parents and children on the safe use of chairlifts in the winter sports industry.  Eldora supports this campaign through education and promotion of chairlift safety.  Many educational videos and information can be found on the Kids on Lifts website.

Under Colorado law, you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to negotiate or to use such lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to use the lift safely.  Additionally, you may not use any lift or ski trail under the influence of drugs or alcohol.