Mountain Safety

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 snowshoe-ers.

Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk involved with skiing and snowboarding that common sense and situational awareness can help reduce.

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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, 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.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.
For safety reasons, recreational drone use by any guest or member of the public, for any reason, is not permitted on or over any of our property. Likewise, commercial use is also prohibited on Vail Resorts' property, except in limited circumstances when an approved operator has obtained an FAA exemption and received written permission from the resort. This includes use associated with special events, marketing and in film/photo applications.
SKIS: Allowed with a working brake binding system or a retention device.

SNOWBOARDS: Allowed with a retention device (Snowboard binding considered ok)

TELEMARK SKIS: Allowed with a retention device or a working brake system. (Please be aware of releasbale telemark bindings as they typically do not have a retention device)

MONOSKIS: Allowed with a working brake system or retention device.

SNOWBLADES (figgles): Allowed with a retention device.
*Below are a few examples of what Vail Resorts does NOT allow for alternative sliding devices at our resorts which includes but not limited to the following devices:

SNOWSKATES/SNOWDECKs: Allowed, but must have metal edges and a leash. The leash must be attached between you and the board when you are on the slopes. You must keep the board secure when riding the chairlift. (The board can't dangle below the chairlift seat on the leash).

SNOW TRIKES: NOT Allowed: neither sit down nor stand up versions (too wide of a foot print to load/unload chairlifts safely)

SNOWBIKES (bicycle conversion): NOT Allowed (bikes not allowed to have gears/chain/wheels/tires or crank assembly)

PLASTIC SNOWBOARDS: NOT Allowed (plastic snowboards that not have metal edges)



NOT Allowed (except in designated venues, i.e. Adventure Ridge, Point, etc.)

Nordic Skiing: NOT Allowed.

Uphill AT Traffic: NOT Allowed.

*This list is subject to change at any time.

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:

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

Inappropriate Behavior

  1. 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.

  • No Uphill access allowed at any time.
  • No Sledding

(Including Construction, Heavy Machinery, Man-Made Objects, Variable Conditions, Avalanches, & Other Hazards)