Mountain Safety

Your Responsibility Code

Skiing and riding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine skis, snowboards, telemark skis, cross-country skis or other specialized equipment, such as that used by disabled 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 and riding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share it with others for a great on-mountain experience. Know the code!

  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 avoid 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 knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Slidding Devices On-Mountain

Devices Allowed On-Mountain
Devices NOT Allowed  
Skis Allowed with a working brake binding system or a retention device
Not Allowed
Snowboards Allowed with full ankle bindings or retention device Plastic Snowboards
Not Allowed
Telemark Skis Allowed with a retention device or a working brake system Sleds/Discs
Not Allowed
Monoskis Allowed with a working brake system or retention device Toboggans/Tubes
Not Allowed
Allowed with a retention device
Not Allowed
Allowed, but must have metal edges and a leash
Not Allowed
Allowed on designated Daytime Uphill Route only
Not Allowed


Uphill Use & Policy

Uphill Use on the ski area is permissible before and after operating hours. Uphill guests are also allowed on groomed trails and during operating hours via the designated route (Base to Umbrella Bar and Top of Red Lady Lift). All uphill travel must cease by 9:00 a.m. and may not begin again until 4:30 p.m., with the exception of the all-day route.

Pre-season access is not allowed due to snowmaking and grooming operations.

Post-season access is not allowed due to mountain operations such as road plowing.

Uphill Map

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Rope Drop & Beacon Policy

CBMR Extreme Terrain Opening Protocol:

  • Ski Patrol will allow skiers and riders with working transceivers (avalanche beacons) to enter first at new terrain openings.
  • Ski Patrol will now use a gate rather than a rope lifting or dropping to allow more space between skiers and riders.
  • When the gate is open, skiers and riders will proceed, one at a time, through the gate.
  • Any ducking of ropes will result in the loss of lift passes and a delay in the opening of terrain for everyone.

Ski Patrol will be stationed at the Silver Queen lift on terrain opening and re-opening days and skiers and riders with transceivers will load the lift first; Rechecking will take place at the High Lift and North Face lift, as well as at the rope drop gate. Patrol will manage a designated lift line in each instance.

The first 50 people with beacons will be allowed to enter the terrain first, then Ski Patrol will begin alternating those with beacons and those without in the lift lines.

Ski Patrol will be present at all terrain openings, or re-openings throughout the season.

In addition, the Crested Butte Ski Patrol reminds all extreme terrain users to always ski or ride with a partner and keep them within sight at all times. Please obey all signs and closures. Extreme terrain users should carry avalanche equipment such as beacons, shovels, probes, and know how to use them.

Drone Policy

Recreational drone use by any guest or member of the public, for any reason, is NOT permitted on or over any Vail Resorts property including Crested Butte Mountain Resort.