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Safety on the Mountain

The mountain is closed to winter sports activities except during operating hours. During operating hours, it is against the law for any skier to enter a closed area inside the resort. It is a misdemeanor (Park City Criminal Code section 8-2-9) to ski past rope lines, into closed areas or areas deemed unsafe by the Ski Patrol.

This is a winter environment, with many inherent natural and man-made hazards, both in and around the resort’s facilities and on the mountain. Such hazards exist and may or may not be marked. Poles, flags, fencing, signs and padding are for skier awareness and are not a guarantee of safety. Weather and snow conditions are constantly changing. It is up to you to be aware of these conditions and ski in control to avoid obstacles and hazards, whether they are marked or unmarked.

Trail ratings represent the degree of difficulty of trails at Deer Valley and may be different than other resorts. Trail difficulty can change as weather and snow conditions change. Deer Valley features many gladed tree skiing areas. Consult a Mountain Host or Ski Patroller for guidance before entering these areas.

If you are involved in a skier collision resulting in injury to any person, the law requires you to stop at the scene and render reasonable assistance which may include notifying resort personnel or warding off other skiers while waiting for aid. The law also requires you to give your name and permanent address to a resort employee before leaving the vicinity of the collision.



Skier's Responsibility Code

Memorize the following Skier's Responsibility Code. It's the seven rules of the slopes and many accidents can be avoided by adhering to the code. Please teach the code to your children.

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Slow Zones

There are designated slow ski areas indicated on the trail map. Look out for skiers around you and be able to stop or avoid people or objects. These places are high skier traffic areas so please slow down while skiing through them.


Ski School Slow Zones

There are designated ski school instruction areas indicated on the trail map. Some of the skiers you could encounter in these areas may be new to skiing. Please ski slowly and with caution.

Ski Patrol

Professional patrollers are present on the mountain daily, providing guest information and emergency assistance. Patrol buildings are located at the top of the Sterling Express, Empire Express, Lady Morgan Express, Carpenter Express, Northside Express, and the Mountaineer Express and Jordanelle Express Gondola. If you witness an accident, please notify a Ski Patroller or a Lift Attendant, or call 435-645-6804. To protect an injured skier, vertically cross your skis in the snow uphill from the accident until a Patroller arrives.

First Aid

First Aid stations are located in the Royal Plaza Building, behind Silver Lake Lodge; adjacent to the Snow Park Lodge, near the Burns chairlift; and in the Empire Canyon Lodge. Please call 435-645-6804 for assistance.

SLEDDING AND SNOW PLAY

The following activities, SLEDDING, UPHILL TRAVEL, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, SNOWMOBILING, AND HIKING ARE NOT PERMITTED AT DEER VALLEY AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT DURING THE SKI SEASON.

Our grooming and snowmaking operations are conducted during off-hours. By their presence on the slopes during these operations, unauthorized persons are exposing themselves to extreme hazards. In addition to the dangers posed by the highly pressurized snowmaking equipment, our snowcats and snowmobiles continually traverse the slopes during the grooming process. Aside from the hazards involved, Utah law and local ordinances make the entry on the ski area outside of normal business hours a trespass.

SNOW SAFETY/AVALANCHE MITIGATION

The Ski Patrol performs avalanche mitigation and snow safety efforts in certain areas at Deer Valley. While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at ski areas, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and its accumulation on steep, mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk and hazards from avalanches through your own actions and awareness.

Taking these steps may help reduce the risk:

  • Always ski with a partner and keep them in your sight at all times
  • Obey all signs and closures
  • Carry avalanche equipment such as beacons or transceivers, reflectors, probes and shovels when skiing in areas where avalanches may occur