Mountain Safety

First Aid/Ski Patrol Contact for Emergencies: 802-422-1243

Committed to Promoting Safety Awareness

On-mountain Experience. 

In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, snow blades, mono-skis, telemark skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment, and others. All equipment must have metal edges and bindings. Use of any other equipment, such as sleds, snow skates, toboggans, tubes, trays, saucers, personal snow bikes, etc., is strictly prohibited on resort premises, unless previously authorized by management.

Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it.

Know the Code

It's Your Responsibility.

National Ski Area Association (NSAA) developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code:

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibilty to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or you are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield to 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 the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.

Smart Style - Park Smart

Respect Gets Respect.

Along with the NSAA and Burton Snowboards, we introduce you to the Smart Style - Park Smart Terrain Park Safety initiative. The Smart Style - Park Smart Terrain Park Safety Program has five main messages:

  1. START SMALL. Work your way up. Build your skills.
  2. MAKE A PLAN. Every feature. Every time.
  3. ALWAYS LOOK before you drop.
  4. RESPECT the features and others.
  5. TAKE IT EASY. Know your limits. Land on your feet.

Practice Park Etiquette

Do not stop or ride through landings. If there are boards or skis in front of a jump, the jump is closed so go around feature. When not using features, stay off to the side of the trail, out of the way. Use features in the manner in which they are intended. Don't jump off the sides of the takeoffs.

Responsible Lift Use

Tips for Success.

According to our friends at NSAA, using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner is one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and boarders. It’s YOUR Responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely.

  1. Need assistance? Ask the lift attendant for help. Smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.
  2. Remove & carry packs. Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.
  3. It is OK to miss a chair and wait for the next one.
  4. When loading, watch for approaching chair and then sit to the back once seated!
  5. Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped can be picked up later.
  6. Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts!

This is just a partial list. Learn more at

Objects are Closer Than They Appear

Stay in Control and Able to Stop.

NSAA developed the "Objects are Closer Than They Appear" campaign to shine a spotlight on the first tenet of Your Responsibility Code: Always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects.

  1. Check Your Speed
  2. Warning, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear
  3. Fixed Objects Don’t Move – You Do!
  4. Factoid – At 27mph You Need 60 feet and 1½ Seconds to Avoid a Tree
  5. Defensible Distance – Do You Have It?

Reporting Skier Collisions

It's the Law.

VERMONT LAW requires any skier or snowboarder involved in a collision with another person which results in injury to provide his/her name and local and permanent address to any other party in the collision and to proceed to a ski area first aid facility and provide the same information to ski area personnel on duty there.

Helmet Use

Equipment & Behavior are Primary Safety Measures.

Along with NSAA, we promote the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet - but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. NSAA views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner - not helmets only - as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier's behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.

Backcountry Skiing and Riding

Educate Yourself Before Leaving Premises. 

If you decide to leave the ski area premises, be aware backcountry areas beyond the ski area boundary are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel. Educate yourself on safe practices before heading into the backcountry.

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Riding Lifts While Carrying Children

Permitted on Gondolas Only.

Adult passengers carrying children in their arms, or in any type of pack, may ride in gondolas but may not ride on chairlifts.

Use Caution

And Stay Alert.

Snowmobiles, grooming vehicles and snowmaking operations may be encountered at any time.

Be advised that all poles, flags, fencing, signage and padding on equipment or objects, or other forms of marking devices, are used by the resort to inform you of the presence or location of potential obstacles or hazards. These markers are no guarantee of your safety and will not protect you from injury. It is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas.  

Use of Drones

Not Permitted on Killington/Pico Property.

The use of drones and/or other unmanned aircraft, collectively referred to as Unmanned Aerial Systems (or “UAS”), at Powdr Resorts, including Killington Resort and Pico Mountain is a public and guest safety concern, and where cameras are used, a potential privacy issue.  As such, the use of all UAS devices is prohibited at our resorts.  The safety and privacy of our employees and guests are of primary importance.    

National Safety Awareness Month

January 2018 at Killington and Pico.

Along with National Ski Areas Association, Killington Resort will be educating skiers and riders about slope safety awareness throughout the month of January by promoting Your Responsibility Code and Smart Style, plus offering special promotions and interactive displays to raise awareness. 

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