Pico Mountain is committed to promoting skier and rider safety awareness. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. All equipment must have metal edges. Use of any other equipment, such as sleds, toboggans, tubes, trays, saucers, etc., is strictly prohibited on resort premises, unless previously authorized by management.

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.

Know the Code. Its Your Responsibility.

National Ski Area Association (NSAA) developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Seven Points to 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. 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 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.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.

Smart Style

Along with the NSAA and Burton Snowboards, we would like to welcome you to the "Smart Style" Terrain Park Safety initiative. The Smart Style Terrain Park Safety Program has Four Main Messages:

  1. Make a Plan
    Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
  2. Look Before You Leap
    Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
  3. Easy Style It
    Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials are not recommended.)
  4. Respect Gets Respect
    From the lift line through the park.

Practice Park Etiquette

Do not stop or ride through landings. If there are boards or skis in front of a jump, the jump is closed so go around feature. When not using features, stay off to the side of the trail, out of the way. Use features in the manner in which they are intended. Don't jump off the sides of the takeoffs.

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Objects are Closer Than They Appear

NSAA developed the "Objects are Closer Than They Appear" campaign to shine a spotlight on the first tenet of Your Responsibility Code: Always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects.

  1. Check Your Speed
  2. Warning, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear
  3. Fixed Objects Don’t Move – You Do!
  4. Factoid – At 27mph You Need 60 feet and 1½ Seconds to Avoid a Tree
  5. Defensible Distance – Do You Have It?

Reporting Skier Collisions

VERMONT LAW requires any skier or snowboarder involved in a collision with another person which results in injury to provide his/her name and local and permanent address to any other party in the collision and to proceed to a ski area first aid facility and provide the same information to ski area personnel on duty there.

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Helmet Use

Along with NSAA, we promote the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet - but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. NSAA views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner - not helmets only - as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier's behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.

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Passengers Carrying Children - Riding Aerial Lifts

Adult passengers carrying children in their arms, or in any type of pack, may not ride on chairlifts.


  • Snowmobiles, grooming vehicles and snowmaking operations may be encountered at any time.
  • Be advised that all poles, flags, fencing, signage and padding on equipment or objects, or other forms of marking devices, are used by the resort to inform you of the presence or location of potential obstacles or hazards. These markers are no guarantee of your safety and will not protect you from injury. It is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas.          

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