Shawnee Mountain Ski Patrol

The Shawnee Mountain Ski Patrol is part of the National Ski Patrol System. As Patrollers they perform many safety-oriented functions as part of our operations, but are best known for responding to an injured guest that requires first aid and transportation off the mountain. A great deal of time is spent training in rescue, CPR, lift evacuation, first aid and skiing and snowboarding skills in order to be able to provide the necessary assistance to any customer or employee who needs help. The last thing the patrollers do each day is perform a sweep of all trails ensuring everyone is off the Mountain safely.

Ski Patrol workers in red jackets standing on snowy mountain.
Group of Shawnee workers skiing and snowboarding

Shawnee Mountain Hosts

The Mountain Hosts will assist the Ski Patrol and Guest services by interacting with our guests to promote safety and provide customer service. They will continue to promote the responsibility Code for all Skiers and Riders. They will be able to provide an enhanced level of customer service above and beyond what other staff members may be able to offer.

We are happy to welcome uphill skiers or Alpine Touring skiers! Some rules for your safety and the safety of our other guests:

  • Please stay on climbers right (downhill skiers left) as close to the side as possible.
  • Avoid trails with a steep headwall so other guests can see you. Ski Patrol would be happy to tell you the best trails to use.
  • You must have a lift ticket for that day or a current season pass.
  • You may only be on the mountain during our operating chairlift hours. Our snow groomers are usually on the hill right until we open.
  • Mid-Week Travel only, weekends tend to be to busy to allow uphill travel.

Know the Code!

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.

Seven 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.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.

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The National Ski Areas Association promotes the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet – but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. NSAA views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner – not helmets only – as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.

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. The site has received nearly 2 million hits since it was created. The tagline, “A Helmet-It’s a Smart Idea,” is printed on posters and promotional cards at resorts nationwide.

Personal photography is allowed across the resort and at all resort events. For commercial photography, media access, and other special access to the mountain or events beyond areas accessible to the public please contact the Shawnee Mountain marketing department for prior approval.

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or aerial drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without prior written authorization from the Resort.

This prohibition includes drones for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above property owned or managed by Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. This prohibition on drone use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries.

Please contact Shawnee Mountain Ski Area if you have any questions, or if you seek prior approval to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations and local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.

Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any equipment. Violators will be liable for any damages, including but not limited to, physical or personal injuries, property damage, damages for violations of privacy, regulatory fines and legal fees.