Safety begins with you.
Our all-volunteer ski patrol is here to help when you need it, but it’s up to all of us to make sure we need them as seldom as possible. Always ski and snowboard within your ability and be aware of the people around you. Find more tips on how to stay safe below.
Beaver Mountain Ski Area operates on State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (or SITLA) property and is administered through a lease between both parties. The majority of the ski area borders National Forest Service property. Any areas outside the ski area boundary are considered BACKCOUNTRY! We do not restrict travel outside of the resort boundary, but if you choose to leave the boundaries of the ski area, you must understand that this backcountry area is not patrolled or maintained by Beaver Mountain Ski Area. Natural and human-triggered avalanches are possible. You may encounter many hazards including avalanche slopes, cliffs, gullies, streambeds and thick forests. Enter at your own risk. You assume all responsibility beyond this point. The Logan area avalanche advisory can be found here https://utahavalanchecenter.org/forecast/logan.
There is a backcountry access gate just south (skiers right) of the top of Harry’s Dream lift. For a look at the trail map and mountain boundaries go here Trail Map. The ski area boundary is the dashed yellow line.
National Ski Patrol
The Beaver Mountain Ski Patrol staff is an affiliate of the National Ski Patrol System. They are committed to providing quality customer service and first aid to our guests. Ski Patrol aid stations are located adjacent to the base of Harry’s Dream lift, the top of Harry’s Dream lift and the top of Marge’s Triple. Any Beaver Mountain employee can also contact Ski Patrol for you if you require assistance or have witnessed an accident.
Everyone skis differently. You might see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country or other specialized equipment for people with disabilities. Regardless of how you enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and know there are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share the responsibility with others for a great, safe ski experience.
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
- People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
- Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
- Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
- You must prevent runaway equipment.
- Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
- Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
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.
Know the code. It’s your responsibility.
Lids on Kids
We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet, but to ski or ride as if they aren’t. The primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders should be riding in a controlled and responsible manner—that being said, helmets can save lives. Visit Lids on Kids to find FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members.
Kids on Lifts
Chairlifts and gondolas are both exceptionally safe and secure modes of transportation. Nonetheless, incidents and accidents can happen–especially when people are unaware of loading, riding and unloading procedures. Educate your kids and emphasize courteous behavior, slope safety and personal responsibility before hitting the slopes.
When your child loads a lift chair without you, they may not always be riding with another adult. Remember, it’s your responsibility to know how to ride the lift safely as well as your child’s. For more information and tips, please visit kidsonlifts.org.
Smartstyle Terrain Park Safety
The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards created the “Smart Style” Terrain Park Safety initiative to emphasize the importance of safety in terrain parks across the country. Please visit their website for a comprehensive look at the Smart Style program.
Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS Hazards)
Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of our sport. However, if you decide to leave the groomed trails, you are voluntarily accepting the risk of a deep snow immersion accident. A deep snow or tree well immersion accident occurs when a skier or rider falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized and suffocates. Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as an SIS hazard or Snow Immersion Suffocation.
Uphill Travel Policy
While uphill travel within ski area boundaries may seem innocuous, it poses significant safety risks and concerns for uphill and downhill recreationalists, ski area operations and ski area staff. For this reason, Beaver Mountain’s policy reflects our commitment to mitigating the safety concerns of uphill travel as a recreational use within the downhill ski area.
Mountain Policy pre and post operating season
All uphill travel participants prior to the opening of the ski area assume all responsibility for their safety, as there is no ski patrol or operations staff on the mountain at this point. The ski area should be considered “Backcountry terrain.” Participants should be aware there may be resort personnel on the mountain—groomers, ski patrol and resort employees on grooming machines or snowmobiles. Motorized travel is not permitted on the mountain prior to the opening in the fall.
Mountain Policy before or after operating hours during the season
Participants are welcome to travel uphill before or after the lifts begin operating for the day. The same hazards exist as listed above and all participants assume all responsibility for their safety. If uphill participants are on the mountain after 9:00 a.m. they must descend at this time.
Please be conscious of snow removal efforts in the parking lots in the morning on snow days. Do not park in areas that have not been plowed or where snow plows are working!
Please do not ski/ride on freshly groomed runs! Our groomers try very hard to leave a great surface for our guests. If you make turns in fresh soft corduroy it will freeze and leave a hazard for our guests during the day.
Mountain Policy during ski lift operating hours
Anyone travelling uphill between the hours of 9:00a.m.-4:30pm must do so on the designated route. The designated route up the mountain is as follows: Out of the base area, ascend the Rock Garden to the junction with The Ridge. Continue up The Ridge on the skiers’ right side of the run to the top of the Face Lift. From the top of the Face Lift, continue up D-Street on the skiers’ left side of the run to the top of Harry’s Dream lift.
Rules for uphill traffic
- Never stop where you are not visible from above and below.
- Dogs must be leashed in the base area
- Dogs are not allowed on the mountain during operating hours
- Treat the mountain as “Backcountry Terrain.”