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Mountain Safety

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At Sunlight Mountain Resort, we take skier and snowboarder safety very seriously. Each season we implement a number of safety measures aimed at proactively educating guests and employees on the fundamentals of enjoying a safe day on the slopes ­- and throughout the resort.

Are you an uphill skier, or hiker? Please read and sign our Uphill Passport agreement

Learn more about how to enjoy a safer day on the slopes below. 



Remember it's your responsibility to know how to use and ride the lifts safely. Learn more at including safety tips on how to load, ride and unload responsibly, general skiing and riding tips, coloring pages for kids, public service announcements and more.

Your Responsibility Code

Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. If you need help understanding the Code, please ask any ski area employee.


    1.  Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
    2.  People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
    3.  Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
    4.  Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
    5.  You must prevent runaway equipment.
    6.  Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
    7.  Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
    8.  You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
    9.  Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
    10.  If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.



Sunlight supports the use of snow sport helmets. For more information, safety tips and research to help better understand the benefits of helmet use and snow sport safety visit


Terrain Park Safety

Smart Style is a national terrain park safety program that offers you safety tips for using terrain parks. The Smart Style video along with the work together to emphasize the importance of safety in terrain parks across the country.

Safety is Your Responsibility

Exercising personal responsibility on the slopes is not only a good idea, here in Colorado, it’s the law. The Colorado Ski Safety Act establishes responsibilities for skiers and snowboarders and spells out risks inherent to the sport. 

Under the law, skiers and snowboarders are responsible for skiing and riding within one’s ability level, maintaining control of one’s course and speed, avoiding collisions with others, and to obey all signs and closures. 

By educating yourself, friends, and family, you are taking a responsible step toward further ensuring a seamless and pleasurable mountain experience. The menus below are designed as an educational resource that outline the key points of a variety of ski and snowboard safety topics.

Mountain Safety - FAQs

Is it safe to ski?

To make skiing and riding as risk free as possible make sure your equipment is in good condition; wear a helmet and goggles; wear appropriate layers of clothing; ski within your ability; obey warnings, closures, and other signs; ski with a partner; take a lesson to learn some tips from a pro!  There are inherent risks of skiing and riding.  To see a detailed list of risks please refer to the Colorado Ski Safety Act. 

Stay Connected to Sunlight


Sunlight Mountain Resort
10901 County Road 117
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
800.445.7931 or 970.945.7491


Sunlight Mountain Resort operates with a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest. Sunlight Mountain Resort is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.

First Aid Number: 970-947-5149 
(only active during winter and normal business hours 9am-4pm)