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Mountain Safety

Mountain safety at Lookout Pass

At Lookout Pass fellow riders use alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and
specialized ski equipment; such as "sit-skis" used by adaptive skiers. 
Regardless of how you enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others!  
Be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.  

We always recommend wearing a helmet while skiing and snowboarding.
However, helmets have their limitations and are not the end all for safety. 
Observe the Code listed below and share the code with others!


BEACON TRAINING PARK - OPEN winter 2024 - Just need a little more snow. 
We have a Beacon Training Park between Rolling Thunder & Hoot Owl.

Join a Ski Patroller on Sat. Jan 27 to learn more about safety, hours 10a-2p in front of Ski Patrol building. Safety month photo scavenger hunt.  

Guests are encouraged to stop by the Ski Patrol Top Shack if they need assistance with either the Beacon Park or understanding the function of their Beacons. 

VIDEO: Beacon Searching 101 
VIDEO: Pinpointing in the Backcountry How To Probe 
VIDEO: How To Shovel 101

Check out the SNOWMAN SAFETY SCENE at the summit.
We invite guests to take their photo with the Responsibility Code. 
Then share them on Social media with #LookoutSkiPatrol #NSAASafetyMonth.
To be entered into our Safety Contest where you can win 2 tickets to Lookout Pass or the Hiawatha Scenic Bike Trail: 1 Entry per person.    




Responsibility Code

1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.

2. People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.

3. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.

4. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.

5. You must prevent runaway equipment.

6. Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.

7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

8. You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely.
If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.

9. Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.

10. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.


This is a partial list. Be safety conscious!


National Safety Month

Lids on Kids



Freestyle Terrain Safety Initiative

Kids National Safety Poster Contest

Tree Well & Deep Snow Safety - Snow Immersion Suffication


Tips for Avoiding Collisions

Complementing the Responsibility Code and it's 7 tenets, #RideAnotherDay promotes 3 actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around safer on the slopes.

1. Be Ready

Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride in such a way that you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run, groomed or otherwise.

2. Stay Alert

Stay alert to what’s going on around you, especially other skiers and riders. Being aware of those around and changing conditions will help you have a fun and safe day on the hill.

3. Plan Ahead

Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can't see what's coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down it and make note of places where you'll want to slow down, such as cat tracks and rollers. Also, give other skiers and riders lots or room, especially if you are passing them. There's plenty of space out there, so there's no need to crowd each other.

NSAA Park Safety Video 


Safety in the deep powder

Skiing and snowboarding off of the groomed runs in DEEP POWDER SNOW is a big
part of the Lookout Pass experience.

If you leave the groomed trails, you are voluntarily accepting the specific risks of falling into
tree wells or deep snow and suffocating.
Always Ski & Ride with a buddy.

Tree Well Safety

Storms with cold dry snow creates some amazing skiing and riding opportunities. Always make sure you are skiing with a buddy when in the trees. Tree wells can
be difficult to get out of alone, and by using the buddy system and maintaining visual contact with your partner, it makes a safer experience for all.

Nationwide resorts are experiencing and hearing reports about near misses with tree well incidents (SIS – snow immersion suffocation). While SIS incidents are
rare, they are one of the risks inherent to the sport of skiing and snowboarding,
and such incidents can be prevented.

Safety remains one of the highest priorities in the ski industry, and ski areas focus on in-bounds tree well and deep snow mitigation, safety, and guest edu-
cation measures. The responsibility to understand such risks is on skiers and snowboarders. They should comply with safety recommendations, including avoiding the base of trees, where snow often accumulates and the hazards of confinement are higher.They should always use the buddy system
and ski or snowboard within direct sight of a partner, especially when they
are off of a designated trail, within the trees or gladed terrain, or in the back-
country. When skiing or boarding in such conditions, guests should always
follow the ski industry’s long-standing “Your Responsibility Code,” including complying with all signs, warnings, and closures. In addition, guests should
carry or wear a whistle
in case they become engulfed in deep snow or a tree
well. Also, it is wise for all skiers and boarders to enter the ski area’s ski patrol contact phone number into their Smartphones—with the advent of Smartphone technology (and voice command features like Siri on the Apple iPhones), if a
person becomes entrapped in deep snow or a tree well, using voice command to call ski patrol can be a critical hands-free tool.

The SIS safety education website ( is an excellent educational resource for skiers and riders.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU GO DOWN:  Yell or use whistle to get your partners attention. Do whatever you can to keep your head above the surface of the snow including rolling, grabbing tree branches or the tree trunk. If possible, keep your feet below level of your head. If you become immersed, make a space  around your face and protect your airway – resist the urge to struggle, it could compromise your airspace and entrap you further. Stay calm to conserve air. Trust your partner is on their way. If possible, use your cell phone to call ski patrol or the resort's emergency number.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PARTNER GOES DOWN:  Don’t leave to get help –
Stay with your partner! Call for additional resources. Use a whistle or yell for assistance. If possible, call ski patrol or the resort's emergency phone number. IMMEDIATELY begin snow immersion rescue efforts. Go directly for the airway,
and keep it clear, be careful not to knock more snow into the hole. Clear any
snow from the airway and continue necessary first aid or extrication effort. Do
not try to pull victim out the way they fell in. Instead, determine where the head is and tunnel in from the side. When tunneling directly for the airway be careful not
to knock more snow into the hole. Continue expanding the tunnel to the airway 
until you can extricate the body. Efficient “strategic shoveling techniques” with multiple rescuers is very useful.



Learn how to prevent these types of accidents!

KEEP KIDS SAFE: In an effort to protect small children from the folly of a trip up when parents are carrying them in a front or back pack. We will no longer allows such practices. Be safe and thank you for understanding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I