Mountain Safety

Please be responsible to help avoid being injured or injuring someone else.

Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association established "A Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain.

The National Ski Areas Association established "A Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain.

It is important to remember that there are elements of risk in mountain activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please note, violations of Your Responsibility Code, and the following additional rules, ordinances and/or guidelines may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability and/or loss of lift privileges without compensation or refund:

  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 and is officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National Ski Patrol, Professional Ski Instructors of America. For more great skier and snowboarder information, visit the National Ski Area Association's Ski/Snowboard site.

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Uphill Access Policy

When Ski Area Open: No uphill access is allowed without a lift ticket/reservation and ski/snowboard gear. No sledding. No animals permitted on hill or on lifts.

When the Ski Area Closed: No Patrol. No Maintenance For Recreational Use. No Services. All Access Is Restricted.

Unmarked Hazards May Be Encountered at Any Time: Including Construction, Heavy Machinery, Man-Made Objects, Variable Conditions, Avalanches, & Other Hazards.

Etiquette and Behavior

  1. Be courteous and respect others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
  2. No carry-in beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Snow Creek premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.
  3. Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.
  4. "Picnicking" is allowed only in designated areas.
  5. Riders must follow Your Responsibility Code. Do not sit at the top of the run in such a way as to block the starting area or otherwise obstruct any area of the slope.
  6. Do not abuse rental equipment. Do not go on dry pavement with skis or boards on.

Employees in uniform, not just Ski Patrol, upon finding a person riding in a careless, inappropriate or reckless manner, could cause that person to suffer consequences ranging from a one-on-one awareness seminar with aki Patrol to a lifetime suspension from Snow Creek. So take it easy out there. Give people some space.

These actions may not be construed to create an affirmative duty on the part of the area operator to protect riders from their own or from another rider's carelessness or recklessness.

If you do not agree with the above, then do not use the facilities at our area.

Please Note

It is unlawful to access Snow Creek’s lifts without a valid lift access card or season pass. Skiing or riding without a lift access card or pass or with a fraudulent lift access card or pass will result in prosecution. Lift access cards are non-refundable.

First Aid Services

For immediate assistance and to report all accidents, please call the Ski Patrol at 816-640-2017 Emergency Phones are available with all lift operators. All parties involved in a collision must exchange information and contact the Ski Patrol.

Slow Zones

Certain areas (indicated on the map in yellow) are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe the posted slow zone areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing will not be tolerated and may result in termination of your resort privileges.  

Freestyle Terrain

Freestyle Terrain may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using freestyle terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with all elements and landings and obeying all instructions, warnings, and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air.  

Know the Code -- Play It Safe

Skiing and riding, in their various forms, are inherently hazardous sports. Trail and slope conditions change constantly with weather and use. It is your responsibility to avoid natural and manmade objects regardless of the presence of markings or other mitigation, and to avoid and use courtesy with other people. Snow Creek uses many different types of marking devices to alert you to some hazards. 


Backcountry Warning

Skiing and Riding off Open and Designated Trails: The ski area assumes no responsibility for skiers and riders going beyond the open and designated trails at Snow Creek. Areas beyond the open and designated trails are not patrolled or maintained. Unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards exist.   

Snow Creek’s Off Trail Policy

Wooded areas between designated trails within the ski area boundary are not patrolled and have no skier/ snowboarder services. If you ski/ride in wooded areas that are not designated trails, you are solely responsible for yourself. You must enter from and exit onto designated trails that are open to the public for skiing/riding. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your skiing/ riding privileges. Wooded areas are recommended for expert skiers/riders, in groups of three or more. Do not ski/ride alone. Unmarked obstacles exists throughout.  

Snowcats and Snowmobiles

CAUTION – snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.  

Sun Protection

With every 3,000 foot increase in altitude, UV levels rise by 10-12%. We recommend eye protection and sunscreen to ensure protection from UV rays.