Slow Zones are areas of potential congestion and are clearly identifiable by the banners and signs at the run entrances and are clearly marked on the trail maps. Our volunteer Safety Patrollers are on the mountain each day patrolling the 'Slow Zones' and any other areas that could become congested. Look for our volunteer Safety Patrollers in yellow jackets and "Play Safe, Play Smart and Enjoy the Mountain" insignia.
Our members are on the lookout for skiers and riders traveling too fast or displaying reckless behavior. Normally, a verbal warning will correct fast and reckless issues, but on occasion, skiing and riding privileges are suspended.
Our Mountain Safety Team has been steadily growing and improving for the past years, with a mission to ensure that all guests and employees are aware of the Alpine Responsibility Code and the Smart Style Terrain Park Code to make our slopes safer for all. You can help the Mountain Safety Team by skiing or riding in control, by travelling at the same speed as others in Slow Zones, and by using common sense and courtesy while on our mountains.
How can I tell that I'm in a Slow Zone?
There are a couple of ways to know when you're in a Slow Zone. First, check the trail map, where Slow Zones are highlighted in yellow. Most Slow Zones are on beginner runs and at the entrances to our chairlifts. On the mountain, look for green and yellow 'Slow' or 'Slow Zone' banners at the entrance, placed in the snow to force skiers and riders to slow down.
How fast is too fast?
Many people have a hard time remembering what it was like to be a beginner skier or snowboarder, and having to worry about whether there is enough space to attempt a turn. Your first priority is to give people around you space to turn and maneuver. Next, remember that you must always be in control whether you are on an expert run or in a Slow Zone. This is the first point of the Alpine Responsibility Code. Jumps and hits are not allowed in Slow Zones, because when in the air, you have no control over your speed or direction. The speed expected is relevant to how many people are on the run. If there is no one on the run, you may do short radius turns. When there are more people on the run the 10% Rule is in effect: you may pass people at a speed approximately 10% faster than the flow of other skier traffic on the run.
Why can't I go as fast as I want when there's no one else on the run?
Majority of the Slow Zones are on beginner runs, and some of the biggest users of Slow Zones are kids. Kids don't have a high awareness of what other people are doing and are easily distracted. They might be on one side of the run and see something that they want to take a closer look at on the other side and just veer over and cross the run without checking to see if anyone is coming. Kids and adults that are learning to ski also tend to fall on terrain transitions (knolls) and can be trying to recover from a crash in an area that can't be seen from above.