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Safety

For Ski Patrol assistance, dial (970) 728-7585 or contact the nearest lift operator.

To report reckless or unsafe skiers or riders, call (970) 728-7569


Telluride Ski Resort focuses on safety as part of our core mission and in our everyday operating culture.

We ask that guests as well as employees focus on safety while at the resort. All skiers and snowboarders are subject to the Responsibility Code, and for avoiding collisions with skiers and riders in front or below.

The terrain at Telluride Ski Resort presents everything from groomed slopes to tight trees and extreme slopes. During periods of low visibility or other inclement weather and snow conditions, the degree of difficulty of these runs for each individual may change. It is important to use extra caution to prevent making a mistake that could result in a serious injury or death.

For your safety and the safety of all our guests and staff, we strictly monitor boundary rope lines on mountain. Ducking a rope will result in losing your pass at minimum, and in the worst case scenario losing your life. 

By entering the Telluride Ski Resort boundaries, you are assuming and accepting all risks of injury, damage or loss. If you are not willing to assume and accept these risks, please do not purchase a lift ticket at this resort.

Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers.

Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  1. Stay in control.
  2. People ahead have the right of way.
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  4. When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off of closed trails.
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

Chairlift Safety

Boarding the Lift - Boarding the chairlift can be dangerous, use extreme caution at all times. Before boarding, move ski poles to one hand, then utilize the free hand to grab the chair and sit.

Riding the Lift - No Horseplay - When riding the lift keep your ski tips up and hold tightly to your poles and gear. Never lean forward, swing your legs excessively or cause the chairlift to swing. Stay alert to your surroundings during the ride.

Disembarking the Lift - When approaching the station, raise your skis slightly so you can glide off the lift. After standing up, ski to one side, out of the way of other lift passengers.

Dropping Personal Items - If you feel something about to drop, resist the urge to lean over and grab the item while the lift is in motion. Wait until you reach the station and the operator will help you safely retrieve your items.

Freestyle Terrain Areas

Freestyle Terrain Areas are designated with an orange oval and may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, 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. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Inverted aerials are not recommended. You assume the risk.

  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: 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 not recommended).
  4. Respect gets respect: From the lift line through the park.

Additional Safety Information

For more information about safety, please visit the National Ski Area Association website at http://www.nsaa.org/safety-programs/

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