Slope Safety

At Sugarloaf slope safety is a priority. We encourage our guests to learn about our safety programs and help educate their fellow skiers and riders. Below you'll find information on some of the slope safety initiatives we have in place at the resort.

Go with the Flow

Sugarloaf's Go With The Flow program promotes the use of sound, personal judgment regarding speed and control when skiing and riding. Because 'fast' skiing may mean different things to different people, Go With The Flow reminds skiers and riders to be courteous and follow the pace of those around them. In addition to Ski Patrol and Mountain Ambassador support, you will see green Go With The Flow banners at key areas on the mountain and lift area signs outlining the program.

Go With The Flow focuses on three key messages:

  • Be Aware - Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Respect Slow Zones - Slow down at orange signs and trail junctions.
  • Follow The Pace - Faster than those around you is too fast.

Your Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment. 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 on-hill experience.

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead or downhill of  you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
  • Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.  
  • Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
  • You must prevent runaway equipment.
  • Read and obey all signs, warnings and hazard markings.
  • Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely.  If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant. 
  • Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs. 
  • If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.  

Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death.  Your knowledge, decisions and actions contirbute to your safety and that of others.  If you need help understanding the Code, please ask any ski area employee.  Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association