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On-Mountain Safety

On-Mountain Safety

Your Responsibility Code
Canyons Resort is committed to promoting skier safety. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. 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.

Observe “Your Responsibility Code” listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

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.c

First Aid/Ski Patrol
An on-site clinic is located in the base area. First aid facilities are available at the top of many lifts as indicated on the map. If you come across an accident, cross a pair of skis or place a snowboard in the snow uphill of the scene to warn other skiers and to help Ski Patrol locate the accident. Do not move the injured person unless absolutely necessary. Notify a patroller, have someone call for patrol or contact a lift attendant at the base of any lift and have them contact patrol. For Ski Patrol/Dispatch call (435) 615-3322.

Slow Zones
Certain areas (indicated on the map in yellow) are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing and riding will not be tolerated.

Notice of Inherent Risks and Assumption of Risks
Under Utah law, a skier/rider assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing/riding and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots, rocks, stumps, trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers/riders; variations in terrain; the failure of skiers/riders to ski/ride within their own abilities; cliffs, extreme terrain, jumps; and freestyle terrain. CAUTION: snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.

Winter Uphill Travel
This applies to all uphill traffic such as but not limited to: skinning (skis or snowboard), snowshoeing, winter hiking, sledding.

Uphill travel is prohibited during the resort’s operating hours within the ski area boundary.  During non-operating hours uphill routes within the ski area boundary are closed to uphill traffic due to hazardous conditions that typically exist. These conditions include but are not limited to; construction, avalanche danger or control work, snowmaking, grooming or maintenance operations.

Canyons Resort recognizes the increase in the use of alpine touring equipment, winter snowshoeing and winter hiking as a means of enjoying our environs. This type of recreational use raises safety concerns within our resort boundary during operating hours as well the non-operating hours. Maintenance operations occur on the mountain during all non-operating hours. Machinery can be found working anywhere on the mountain at any time. This policy mitigates safety concerns related to uphill recreational use.  Canyons Resort accepts no liability or responsibility for accidents that occur as a result of uphill travel.

Backcountry travelers are encouraged to check local conditions when travelling uphill outside the ski area boundary. Educate yourself before you go into the backcountry. Read posted signs and warnings about the backcountry before proceeding. Call the Utah Avalanche Center at (888) 999-4019 or http://utahavalanchecenter.org for further information about backcountry conditions.

Backcountry Skiing & Riding
Backcountry terrain is not part of the resort. You are leaving the resort when you go through the backcountry exit points. There are no ski patrol services and there are many hazards. Avalanches are common in the backcountry. Skiers/riders leaving Canyons’ boundaries do so at their own risk. Educate yourself before you go into the backcountry. Read posted signs and warnings about the backcountry before proceeding. Call the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center at (888) 999-4019 for further information about backcountry conditions.

Beacon Park
Wasatch Backcountry Rescue has installed a free beacon training park at Canyons. It is located at mid-mountain, across the iron bridge as you head towards Tombstone. Click here for more detailed information.