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Staying Safe

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort Closure Policy

Closed Areas Within Ski Area Boundary.

Closed areas within the Mt. Bachelor permit area are defined by, but not limited to OPEN/CLOSED signs at the top of lifts and runs, rope lines, active grooming and avalanche control work. Skiing/snowboarding in a closed area or on a closed run will result in the loss of skiing/snowboarding privileges. Any rescue operations that are initiated on your behalf will result in the loss of skiing/snowboarding privileges and you will be subject to being billed for the total amount of the costs incurred by Mt. Bachelor during rescue operations. This amount will be no less than $1,000 and could be subject to search costs of $1,000 per hour. The length of time that your skiing/snowboarding privileges will be revoked will be determined by ski patrol and area management.

 

Uphill Travel Policy

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Within the Mt. Bachelor Special Use Permit area, uphill travel is permitted on designated routes under conditions that do not adversely impact avalanche reduction, grooming, snowmaking, parking, snow removal, maintenance or other ski area operations. Uphill travel is restricted within the Special Use Permit area during periods of avalanche danger or avalanche control operations. Uphill travel and downhill recreation by uphill travellers are restricted within the ski area boundary to designated uphill routes and open downhill trails and runs. Specific uphill routes may be closed at any given time due to safety concerns or hazardous conditions. These concerns/conditions include, but are not limited to; avalanche danger or control work, grooming, low visibility, construction, or maintenance operations. Uphill routes may be realigned, removed or added as circumstances warrant. No dogs allowed outside of the parking lots anywhere within Mt Bachelor Special use Permit area. Dogs in parking lot must be on leash.

Know The 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, such as that used by disabled or other 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 that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  • 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.

KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.  Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.

Video courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA)

Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol: Professional and National

Mt. Bachelor employs a team of 28 professional patrollers. Most Pro patrollers are EMT’s trained in avalanche safety, use of explosives, rope rescue, toboggan handling wilderness response and more. On weekends, in partnership with approximately 60 National Ski Patrollers, the teams work together to open and close the mountain, determine trail safety and assist anyone who becomes injured. After storms, our Pro Patrol unit conducts avalanche control and are the communication liaisons in the event of an operational irregularity.

Visit the Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol at www.mtbachelornsp.org.

Avalanche Safety & Dog Program

Please Respect Avalanche Closure Areas.

Mt. Bachelor maintains a Snow Safety Program throughout the operating season in the interest of the overall public and employee safety. This program consists of avalanche forecasting, monitoring known avalanche hazard areas, avalanche control, and protection methods. Mt. Bachelor follows a rescue plan, offers training and continual education of patrol personnel and other employees, special interest groups, and the general public in avalanche safety and awareness.

How to avoid getting caught in an avalanche:

  1. Pick the right day. Recent wind, snow, rain and rapid or prolonged thaw are signs of danger.
  2. Be alert for recent natural avalanches,” whoomping” sounds and shooting cracks. These are signs of an unstable snowpack.
  3. When you are in terrain steeper than 30 degrees, always travel one at a time while others watch from a safe location.
  4. Travel on the windward side of ridges. Never stop on or below steep slopes and cornices.
  5. Avoid terrain traps such as gullies, where even small avalanches can pile up deeply.

Mt. Bachelor is equipped with the RECCO avalanche rescue system.




Mt. Bachelor’s Avalanche Dog Program & T-Shirts

Mt. Bachelor’s Avalanche Dog Program is one we are proud to uphold. Our dogs join their handlers on the mountain every day for continued training and conditioning to ensure the safety of our guests. These specially trained dogs are skilled in locating victims beneath the snow after a slide. They are also very skilled in locating snacks!

You can support the Avalanche Rescue Dogs by purchasing a T-Shirt at the top of the Pine Marten lift. All proceeds go directly towards the purchase of food, insurance and certification programs for the dogs. Receive three (3) Avalanche Dog trading cards with your purchase! These cards list the skier responsibility code or the avalanche safety code on the back and are terrific for kids, new skiers and veterans!

Smart Style Terrain Parks

Freestyle terrain is becoming more popular at most mountain resorts and proper use is important. The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards have developed the “Smart Style” Freestyle Terrain Safety Initiative, a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of freestyle terrain at mountain resorts, while also delivering a unified message that is clear, concise and effective.

The 3 main points of Smart Style are:

  1. Look Before You Leap – Before getting into freestyle terrain, observe all signage and warnings. Look around the jumps first. Use your first run as a warm-up run to familiarize yourself with the terrain. Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary.
  2. Easy Style It – Know your limits and ski or ride within your ability. Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Do not attempt any feature unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.
  3. Respect Equals Respect – Respect the terrain and others (freestyle terrain is for everyone regardless of equipment or ability). One person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your start. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and stay of closed terrain and features.

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