Loveland Ski Area is committed to promoting skier/rider safety for our guests all over the mountain. Nothing ruins a great vacation as much as an accident that didn’t have to happen. Please review the information below to ensure your visit is a great and safe one.
- MOUNTAIN SAFETY
- TIPS FOR KIDS
- TERRAIN PARK
- SKI PATROL
Know the Code
The National Ski Areas Association established “Your Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well.
Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding on the mountain is each person’s responsibility. Following “Your Responsibility Code” will help all skiers and snowboarders have a safer mountain experience.
Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country 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.
- Always stay in control.
- People ahead of you have the right of way.
- Stop in a safe place for you and others.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
- Know how to use the lifts safely.
- Be safety conscious and KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
The Colorado Ski Safety Act Warning Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing 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; collision with natural objects, man- made objects or other skiers; variations in the terrain; and the failure of the skiers to ski within their own abilities.
Helmets Encouraged at Loveland Ski Area
With the increasing popularity of helmets during the past few years many parents are considering a helmet for their child. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), together with the help of many others in the ski industry, has developed this site to help educate parents about putting helmets on their children while they’re on the slopes.
NSAA, the trade association for ski areas across the country, promotes the use of helmets for adults and kids. It’s up to you to educate yourself about their benefits and limitations. Visit www.lidsonkids.org for more info.
Sledding & Sledding Devices
To ensure safety, sledding and sledding devices are not allowed anywhere within the Loveland Ski Area.
Slow Zones-Family Ski Zones
Families are special guests at Loveland Ski Area and we treat them right. Loveland Ski Area offers Slow Skiing Zones and Family Ski Zones, gentle slopes on the mountain designated for slow family skiing. Slow Skiing Zones have been designated for high traffic areas to slow skiers and snowboarders down when approaching a busy intersection of trails or nearing lift-loading areas where slower speeds make a safer experience.
Tree Well and Deep Snow Safety
Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of the 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 a NARSID or Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death.
Become educated on how to reduce the risk of NARSID through your own action and awareness. ALWAYS ski or ride with a partner.
Unmanned Aerial Drone Policy
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Loveland Ski Area prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or aerial drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists.
This prohibition on drone use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries.
Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any equipment. Violators will be liable for any damages, including but not limited to, physical or personal injuries, property damage, damages for violations of privacy, regulatory fines and legal fees.
Avoid High Altitude Illness
It’s usually a minor problem, is almost totally preventable and can be significantly minimized by following these simple guidelines from the Colorado Altitude Research Institute.
- Exercise in moderation.
- Drink more water than usual. When you combine altitude with physical exertion, you need to drink before you get thirsty.
- Eat food high in carbohydrates, such as grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables and avoid salty foods.
- Limit alcohol consumption. It’s tempting to party the evening you roll into a ski town. However, drinking alcohol and cheating yourself on sleep the night before you ski is a big mistake. Use common sense.
- Wear water-resistant, layered clothing that can be removed or added as weather changes (i. e., long underwear, turtleneck, sweater, waterproof jacket and pants, nylon socks, glove liners, waterproof gloves, winter hat, sunglasses and goggles).
Be Sun Savvy
Although Colorado tops the list of sunshine states, our sunshine is so intense that skiing without sunscreen or protective eyewear is not recommended. Ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher elevations. Since resorts are over two miles above sea level, you will need goggles and/or sunglasses that have UV protection. Also, regardless of your skin color or complexion, everyone needs to wear sunscreen, even on overcast days when ultraviolet rays still penetrate cloud cover. Go for at least 15 SPF and apply several times a day. Look for broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Wear water resistant, Layered Clothing which can be removed or added as Weather changes. (i.e.: long underwear, turtleneck, sweater, waterproof jacket and pants, nylon socks, waterproof gloves, winter hat, sunglasses, goggles) SUN/UV Ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher elevations. Since we are about 2 miles above sea level you will need goggles and sunglasses that have UV protection. Also, regardless of your skin color or complexion, everyone needs to wear sunscreen even on overcast days when ultraviolet rays still penetrate cloud cover.
Ski resort employees and guests who work and recreate outdoors in the high altitude, snow, and sun need to take action to protect themselves from the harmful UV rays of the sun. UV radiation in sunshine causes sunburns, cataracts, early aging of the skin and skin cancer, including the most deadly skin cancer, melanoma.
The Go Sun Smart program offers you tips on how you can easily protect your skin and eyes. So, when you go to work and play, Go Sun Smart! Go to: www.gosunsmart.org/ for more info.
Colorado law requires you to buckle up and that all windows be completely snow/ice free so that full vision is possible. More distance between you and the vehicle in front of you is required when driving on snowy/icy roads. If your vehicle is not equipped with anti-lock brakes, you do not want to lock up your brakes – pump them. Avoid breaking on curves and remember 4 wheel drive vehicles should follow all of these same basic rules.
Have your child memorize the “Your Responsibility Code.” It’s the seven rules of the slopes and many accidents can be avoided by adhering to the Code.
Be sure your child has the name and phone number of their parents and house/hotel written down on a piece of paper and it’s in a secure pocket. If you carry a cell phone, include this number too.
Although it is very unlikely that your child would get separated from the instructor, be sure your child has a trail map and is able to remember the instructor’s name.
Make sure your child knows when to stop skiing. For example, if the clothing layer next to their skin stays wet and they’re chilled, if they’re injured, have a problem with equipment or even if they’re simply worn out. Educate them that it’s alright to stop before the end of the day and breaks are fun.
Make a meeting place if you get separated, for example, at the bottom of Lift 2. The walkie talkies now available are convenient and a big hit on the slopes.
Dress Properly/ Dress in Layers
Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. For example, dress your kids in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Your kids should also wear a turtleneck, sweater and waterproof jacket.
When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and deep pockets. Be sure to buy your children quality clothing products. Kids should wear a hat or headband, 80 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Kids should also wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for kids who are susceptible to cold hands).
If you have questions or need to purchase clothing, be sure to check out our Sport Shop located at Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley.
Snow sport helmets are a good idea. If your child wears a helmet, remember you may have to raise your voice more to get their attention because a helmet may impede their hearing. Make sure the helmet fits correctly. A helmet is not an item you buy for your child to grow into. Educate your child about the benefits and limitations of the helmet. Wearing a helmet doesn’t give permission to ski or snowboard faster or recklessly.
Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Put your kids in ski school to get them on the right track. Children’s instructors know how to teach kids, it’s their business. Then you’ll enjoy skiing with your kids and they will be proud to show you their skiing abilities.
An observance from a long-time skier is that when his daughter skied with him, she regressed, as opposed to skiing with her peers in a lesson. “She wanted to ski in-between my legs and fell down more often. We had fun with her being silly, but a lesson allowed her to focus on her skiing and she really excelled.”
Starting your kids early opens a world of adventure, fun, laughter and beautiful scenery unsurpassed, from many other sports and interests. It’s a tremendous feeling to learn that your kids’ fondest childhood memories were of your family ski vacations and now skiing has become an important element in their lives. Your kids will be forever grateful to you when they become adults!
Be sure they wear sun protection, even on cloudy days. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think! A ski vacation with a sun burn is no fun! Kids should have sunglasses and goggles with them. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see. Always wear eye protection.
Smart Style is all about safety and having the knowledge to enjoy your freedom and freestyle terrain. The four main points of Smart Style include:
MAKE A PLAN
Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. How and where you land depends on your speed, your approach, and your take off. Know your limits, and stay within them.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
On your first run through a terrain park, inspect the features before using them. Get a close look at the approach and landing zones. Before going off of a feature, make sure that the landing is clear and be sure to clear out of the landing area quickly.
EASY STYLE IT
Many ski areas have terrain parks designed for beginners, so start small and work your way up.
RESPECT GETS RESPECT
From the lift line through the park, show respect for other skiers and snowboarders and ski area staff.
HELMETS ENCOURAGED AT LOVELAND SKI AREA
With the increasing popularity of helmets during the past few years many parents are considering a helmet for their child. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), together with the help of many others in the ski industry, has developed this site to help educate parents about putting helmets on their children while they’re on the slopes. NSAA, the trade association for ski areas across the country, promotes the use of helmets for adults and kids. It’s up to you to educate yourself about their benefits and limitations. Visit www.TerrainParkSafety.org and www.lidsonkids.org for more safety tips.
Our professional Ski Patrollers are here to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit. Patrol headquarters are located at the base of both the Basin and Valley and the Basin Patrol HQ is staffed from 8:00am until 4:30pm. Please obey all Ski Patrol instructions, signage and closures.
Loveland Ski Patrol
Basin Patrol Room (303) 571-5580 X 134
Valley Patrol Room (303) 571-5580 X 143
Central Dispatch (303) 571-5580 X 101
Are you an expert skier or snowboarder? Can you ski all terrain with skill and confidence? Do you love to help people? Then we have an opportunity for you!
The Loveland Ski Patrol consists of both paid and volunteer patrollers. The Volunteer Ski Patrol is always looking for advanced to expert alpine and telemark skiers and riders who want to be a part of an organization dedicated to helping fellow skiers while enjoying America’s favorite winter sport .
For more information, go to www.lovelandskipatrol.com
CAIC – Colorado Avalanche Information Center
The purpose of the CAIC is to minimize the economic and human impact of snow avalanches on recreation, tourism, commerce, industry and the citizens of Colorado. Since 1950 avalanches have killed more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard, and in the United States, Colorado accounts for one-third of all avalanche deaths. With a staff of 15 avalanche professionals, they achieve their purpose through a dual mission of forecasting and public education. Go to: avalanche.state.co.us/index.php for more info.
The CAIC has 4 offices that issue backcountry avalanche forecasts. The main office is in Boulder, co-located with the National Weather Service. Field offices are located in Breckenridge, Aspen, and the Northern San Juan. Staff at CAIC-Boulder forecast the weather and avalanche conditions for all zones. Field office forecasters concentrate on the snowpack and avalanche conditions within their zones. The CAIC works closely with the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. The CAIC began in 1973 as the Colorado Avalanche Warning Center. It is the oldest public avalanche forecast program in the United States. The Warning Center grew out of the US Forest Service’s avalanche research efforts. The US Forest Service dropped the program in 1983 due to budget cuts. That winter the CAIC found a home with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and in 1987 the CAIC was placed into the administration of the Colorado Geological Survey. In 1993 the Colorado Department of Transportation contracted with the CAIC to forecast for many mountain roads. Their highway forecasters work closely with the Department of Transportation to keep mountain highways open and travelers safe.