Mountain Safety Information

Mountain safety is an essential consideration for maximum enjoyment and family fun during your visit to Powderhorn. While local resorts have extensive procedures and controls designed to promote safety, guests at Powderhorn must also do their part. There are several simple steps you can follow to help ensure a safe and memorable experience.

Proper preparation is essential when planning your mountain vacation. Ensure in advance that you are physically ready for the anticipated activity level and take steps to procure the right equipment. If you will be hitting the slopes, be sure that all family members pack appropriate attire based on anticipated weather conditions. Common items include water and wind resistant apparel, headbands or hats, gloves or mittens, and insulated boots. Sunglasses or goggles and sunscreen are also a must for sunny days on the slopes.

Upon arrival at the resort, be sure to request and review all available materials regarding mountain safety. Get to know the different trails and terrain options, and determine which areas are appropriate for each family member based on skill level and experience. Discuss the game plan for daily activities and set a predetermined time and location to regroup as needed. Make sure each member of your party knows where to go or who to contact in the event of an accident or emergency.

Another key component of mountain safety is to continually demonstrate courtesy for other guests. This can take a number of forms, including observing all posted signs and warnings, staying in control and alert, and yielding to or avoiding others when appropriate. Before you tackle a new challenge, be sure you have the right equipment, skills, and knowledge to pursue it safely. If you get to the top of a trail or slope and find you are in over your head, take the slow route down or seek assistance from a resort guide.

Most importantly, always apply common sense and sound judgment. Keep yourself properly hydrated and avoid substances, which may impair your ability to think clearly. Know your limits and pay attention to symptoms of fatigue or overexertion. Familiarize yourself and your family with resort safety policies and resources, including emergency contacts. Spending a little time on safety can yield big dividends in the form of a peaceful, pleasure-filled vacation that your family will remember for years to come.