White Pass mountain safety

At White Pass, safety is the number one priority.  Please review Your Responsibility Code below and familiarize yourself with Washington State Law. We also highly recommend this Chairlift Safety Video!

Your 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.

Winter sports involve the risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. Please ask any ski area employee if you need help understanding the Code.

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 moving carpet, 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 the lift.

  • Engage in any kind of conduct that may interfere with the 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 knowingly 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.

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