White Pass mountain safety

At White Pass, safety is the number one priority. 

Know The Code. It's Your Responsibility

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country or 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.

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop, or avoid other skiers and 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.
  • Crossed skis means someone needs assistance.
  • If you are injured have someone cross his or her skis above you or lay their snowboard above you. This makes it easier for the ski patrol to find you and makes others on the hill aware that you are there.
  • Send someone to the nearest lift operator and give them exact location, noting trail name, tower number, skiers right or left of run, etc.

Washington State Law

RCW 79A.45.030

You are the sole judge of your ability to negotiate any trail, run, or uphill track.

Because of the inherent risks in the sport of skiing/riding YOU must exercise reasonable care for YOUR own safety. If you are skiing/riding downhill, it is your duty to avoid any collision with any person or object below you.

Any person who boards a rope tow, ski lift, or other similar device shall be presumed to have sufficient abilities to use the lift. The ski area has no duty to provide you with instructions on riding any lift, but you must follow any written or verbal instructions that are given regarding the use.

No person shall:

  • Load or unload a ski lift except for designated areas.
  • Throw objects from lift.
  • Engage in any kind of conduct that may interfere with safe operation of the lift.
  • If you ride on a lift or tow without authority shall be considered a trespasser.

RCW 79A.45.050

If you are involved in a collision it is YOUR responsibility to identify yourself to the other party involved or the ski patrol and seek assistance if needed. If you leave the scene without identifying yourself and seeking assistance you will be guilty of a misdemeanor.

RCW 79A.45.070

Skiing in an area or trail closed to the public-Penalty.

A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person knowlingly skis in an area or on a ski trail, owned or controlled by a ski area operator, that is closed to the public and that has signs posted indicating the closure.

Avalanche Information

We strongly recommend that you educate yourself about deep snow safety.