MOUNTAIN SAFETY

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.


YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE

  • 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.


MT. BACHELOR SKI PATROL: PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER

Mt. Bachelor employs a team of more than 30 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 volunteer 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 AND 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:

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

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

Please also be aware that when avalanche reduction work is being performed, the use of explosive devices will create a loud, booming noise with each detonation.

Mt. Bachelor Beacon Training Park

Mt. Bachelor is excited to host a FREE Beacon Training Park near the base of Red Chair adjacent to the West Village Parking lot. We welcome everyone to come practice beacon skills in a safe, educational and fun environment. Come test your skills and stay safe when exploring the back-country.

Mt. Bachelor Avalanche Dog Program

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. 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!