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Safety on the Slopes

We spend a great deal of time and energy at The Highlands making sure our skiers and riders are treated to the kind of experience they expect.

Because we're committed to providing a safe environment on the slopes, we strongly encourage our guests to do their part - and to learn a few simple considerations that can greatly reduce unnecessary risk. For more information, take a look at the programs and initiatives below. With what you learn today, you'll help to ensure that everyone can enjoy a safe, satisfying experience on the mountain.

National Ski Patrol

As the leading authority of on-mountain safety, the NSP is dedicated to serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers. The organization is made up of more than 28,000 members serving over 650 patrols. Their members work on behalf of The Highlands to improve the overall experience for winter enthusiasts.

Know The Code: It's Your Responsibility!

Common sense: it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

7 Points to Your Responsibility Code

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

Lids on Kids

In 2002, Lids on Kids debuted as a resource for consumers to learn about helmet use in skiing and snowboarding. This site contains FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, related articles and games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members. You'll see our name - and our tagline "A Helmet-It's a Smart Idea," on posters and promotional materials at resorts nationwide.

NSAA Safety Facts & Tips

The National Ski Areas Association believes these safety facts and tips will help prepare individuals and families for a day on the slopes. With the help of the following information, your adventures down the mountain will be that much more enjoyable. 

Babies in Backpacks or Carriers on Slopes

As a resort policy, The Highlands, does not allow skiers or snowboarders to carry an infant or toddler in backpacks, chest packs, baby bjorns, or other similar devices on their bodies. This policy stems, in part, from the safety concerns with the infant and/or parent, as well as for the safety of our employees. The basis for this policy, in part, is that national safety standards which govern chairlift design and operations (referred to as the ANSIB77 passenger ropeway standards) require chairlift passengers to be individually able to access chairlifts on their own accord and ability. Also, the chair or carrier’s design may also preclude this type of use of a pack by a guest. In addition, because of safety concerns related to the potential evacuation of chairlifts, and the equipment harnesses employed in such evacuations, our evacuation procedures require that passengers to be unencumbered by such packs carrying infants – for both the safety of the guests, and our employees/ ski patrol who conduct such evacuations. Lastly, there are additional safety concerns related to skiing or snowboarding with an infant in such a pack, especially the potentially elevated risks of skier-skier collisions and potential harm to an infant.