Mountain Safety

Skiing and Snowboarding can be enjoyed in various way such as alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country, and other specialized equipment.

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.
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Terrain Park Safety

Smart Style

The National Ski Area Association and Burton Snowboards would like to welcome you to the "Smart Style" Terrain Park Safety initiative.

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This venture has been a cooperative effort to continue the proper use and progression of terrain parks at mountain resorts while delivering a unified message that is clear, concise, and effective.

The more people we can educate and get involved to help spread the word, the better.

The Smart Style Program

There are four main messages that as associated with Smart Style:

  • Make a Plan: Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach, and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
  • Look Before you Leap: Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself our of the landing area.
  • Easy Style It: Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended!)
  • Respect Gets Respect: From the lift line through the park.
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Basic Rules For Riding All Lift Types

  • Do not use a lift until you are familiar with its operation. Obey all loading and other instructions on lifts. Watch and learn. Ask if you are in doubt.
  • Slow down before approaching the entrance to a lift.
  • Have your lift ticket or season pass visible to the ticket checker or lift operator so you do not hold up the line.
  • Make sure no loose clothing or long hair is caught in lift when unloading.
  • Do not cut lift lines. Only Paoli Peaks Ski Patrollers and Instructors are allowed to enter the lift line ahead of those already waiting.
  • Load and unload only at designated areas.
  • Be polite and courteous at the loading area. Wait your turn, try to keep off other people's skis or boards, and join up to maximize the use of the lift.
  • Do not bounce, ski out of the track, or otherwise abuse lift equipment. You may cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Move quickly away from unload areas to make room for the next riders.
  • If a lift stops, do not attempt to get off. Remember, if there is a mechanical problem, area personnel will provide assistance.
  • Take special precautions to help small children load and unload. Do not allow them to ride a lift alone until they can do so properly. You are responsible for your children and their actions.
  • If you fall while getting on or off the lift, keep your head down and crawl quickly out of the way.

Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Paoli Peaks prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or aerial drones, by the general public, including recreational users and hobbyists.
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This prohibition includes drones for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating over all Resort properties. This prohibition on drone operations or 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 the resort if you have any questions.

Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and/or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by our Resort.

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