Be Responsible

Your Responsibility Code 

Afton Alps is committed to promoting ski safety. While visiting Afton Alps, you may be joined on the slopes by traditional alpine skiers, snowboarders, telemark or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, and snowshoers. Always show courtesy to others. Remain aware that there are elements of risk involved with skiing and snowboarding that common sense and situational awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe “Your Responsibility Code” listed below and share the responsibility with others. 

1. Always stay in control. 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.


Be advised that Afton Alps Ski Area does not mark all potential obstacles or hazards. When marked, poles, flags, fencing, signage, padding or other forms of marking are used to inform the skier/rider of the location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety. It is part of your responsibility under the Your Responsibility Code to avoid all obstacles and hazards. Learn more about safety on the mountain at .

Afton Alps promotes 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. Afton Alps 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.

In 2002, Lids on Kids debuted as a resource for consumers to learn about helmet use in skiing and snowboarding. This site contains FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, related articles and games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members. The site has received nearly 2 million hits since it was created.



Slope Safety:


Vail Resorts takes the safety of our guests and employees very seriously.  All skiers and riders are responsible for skiing and riding responsibly, complying with the Responsibility Code and avoiding collisions with other skiers and riders.  The Resort may suspend or revoke skiing/riding privileges for reasons including but not limited to the actions listed below:

  1. Careless and Reckless Skiing or Riding
    1. Violating the Responsibility Code
    2. Violating federal, state or local law
    3. Skiing/riding in a manner that is dangerous or irresponsible.
    4. Causing a collision resulting in physical injury or damage to property


  1. Inappropriate Behavior: Including but not limited to vulgar language or gestures, deliberately knocking down barriers, jumping fences, spraying guests with snow, spitting on guests/employees, verbal altercations, harassment.
  2. Destruction of Resort Property
  3. Skiing or Riding in Closed Terrain
  4. Failure to Present Valid Ski Pass
  5. Failure to Stop or Yield to Resort Personnel
  6. Impairment by Alcohol/Drugs
  7. Underground Teaching
  8. Violent, Intentionally Harmful, or Destructive Acts
  9. Egregious Behavior or Multiple Infractions of Safety Standards


For ski/ride related infractions, the guest must complete the period of any suspension and attend a violator class presented by the Resort before skiing/riding privileges are reinstated. For non-ski/ride related infractions, the guest must complete the period of any suspension and meet with a member of Resort Management before skiing/riding privileges are reinstated. 

The Resort may also ban violators from one or more resorts and other company properties, on a temporary or permanent basis.  The Resort reserves all rights to pursue the recovery of any and all damages, including through legal action.