Mountain Safety

WELCOME TO WEST MOUNTAIN

WINTER SAFETY 

Before visiting please read our Winter Health and Safety Practices AVAILABLE HERE

SKIER/RIDER CODE AND MORE:

Skiers, riders and ski lift passengers are governed by the New York State Safety in Skiing Code, Article 18 of the New York General Obligations Law. Before affixing and using your pass or allowing any pass to be affixed to your person, your attention is directed to the following:   Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways… At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.  Observe the 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. Use devices to 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.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.  Ski & Ride With Caution & Common Sense

West Mountain encompasses hundreds of acres of both gentle and steep terrain. Skiing and riding are exciting, challenging participant sports that often present dangers and inherent risks, including but not limited to trees, uneven terrain, changing conditions, bare and or icy spots, natural and man-made objects, snowmaking equipment that may or may not be operating, and other skiers, snowboarders or people using the slopes. Some slopes and gladed areas are not groomed or equipped with snowmaking. While skiing, USE CAUTION and abide by the Responsibility Code and NYS Article 18, posted around West Mountain. If you cannot accept these inherent risks of skiing and riding, we ask that you not ski or ride at West Mountain. Remember, safe skiing and sliding is everyone’s responsibility; It’s The Law

For More Information on the Importance of Wearing a Helmet, Please visit: Lids on Kids
For Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips, Please visit: National Ski and Snowboard Association 

Do not ski/ride/bike/hike/climb alone. Be safe, wear a helmet when engaging in activities at West Mountain. Know your ability and do not try to exceed it. If in doubt, seek help. You can always ask a mountain attendant for assistance or walk your bike down. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or cannot be seen by other mountain users. Be aware of others on our mixed use trails. Observe all CLOSED TRAIL signs, barriers and caution ropes. Do not ski/ride/hike off designated trails. Do not disturb animals or plants on the mountain. No fires are allowed on West Mountain property. Skiing, Riding, Tubing, Hiking, Mountain Biking or any other activity are not allowed on the property during non-business hours.

SUMMER SAFETY

Do not ski/ride/bike/hike/climb alone. Be safe, wear a helmet when engaging in activities at West Mountain. Know your ability and do not try to exceed it. If in doubt, seek help. You can always ask a mountain attendant for assistance or walk your bike down. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or cannot be seen by other mountain users. Be aware of others on our mixed use trails. Observe all CLOSED TRAIL signs, barriers and caution ropes. Do not ski/ride/hike off designated trails. Do not disturb animals or plants on the mountain. No fires are allowed on West Mountain property. Skiing, Riding, Tubing, Hiking, Mountain Biking or any other activity are not allowed on the property during non-business hours.

Summer 2021 Guidelines TBD