At any given moment, a ski area might have alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized Snowsport 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. These risks can be greatly reduced by common sense and personal awareness. Read the code and share with other skiers for a great skiing experience
- Stay in control
- People ahead have the right of way
- Stop in a safe place for you and others
- When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
- Observe signs and warnings, keep off of closed trails
- Know how to use the lifts safely
Terrain Park Safety
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 maneuverability and landing.
- Look before you leap! Look around jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of landing area
- Easy style it! Start small and work your way up. Inverted aerials are not recommended
- Respect gets respect, from the lift line throughout the mountain
Responsible Chairlift Use
To safely use the chairlifts, always remember:
- Ask the lift attendant for help is needed. Smallest kids load closest to attendant
- Remove and carry packs
- It’s okay to miss a chair and wait for the next one
- Do not use phones or handheld technology while loading or unloading
- If something is dropped, let it fall. Any dropped item can be retrieved later
- Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts
Deep Snow and Tree Well Safety
What is a tree well?
A tree well is a void or depression that forms around the base of a tree can and contain a mix of low hanging branches, loose snow and air. Evergreen trees in particular (fir, hemlock, etc) can have large, deep tree wells that form when low hanging branches block snow from filling in and consolidating around the base of the tree. These voids can be hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches.
There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight therefore, treat all tree wells as dangerous.
In simple terms, a tree well is a hole or void in the deep snow, which is clearly marked by a tree. You can easily identify and avoid these areas.
For more detailed information please visit: www.DeepSnowSafety.org
Risk of Avalanche
While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at ski areas, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and it’s accumulation on steep, mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness. Visit htt://www.avalanche.org or contact the Eaglecrest Ski Patrol for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death.
Beyond the ski area boundary is considered backcountry terrain. There are no Ski Patrol Services or avalanche hazard reduction measures in this terrain.
If you choose to venture beyond the ski area boundary, you are solely responsible for your decisions, safety and welfare.
You may encounter avalanches, unmarked terrain hazards, disorienting terrain and abrupt changes in weather.
Backcountry Checklist – Do you have what you need?
- Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and are skilled in it’s use
- Avalanche awareness training and backcountry travel skills
- Partners who are properly trained and equipped
- Practiced companion/self-rescue skills
- Knowledge of the current snowpack structure
- The current weather forecast (snowfall, winds, temperature, visibility)
- A plan, someone who knows where you are going and when you plan to return
Easy Searcher Beacon Park
The Easy Searcher Beacon Park is designed to be an educational tool for winter recreational use to practice avalanche transceiver search skills. The park is self-service and is open to the public. Users select the complexity of the search and can choose from one to six beacons.
The Easy Searcher was funded by a generous grant by Alaska Search and Rescue Association through Juneau Mountain Rescue. Juneau Ski Patrol, Alaska SeaDogs and Eaglecrest are partners with JMR in additional funding and maintenance of the beacon park.
The Park is located in the meadow to the left of Raven run out above Log Jam
Beacon Park Instructions:
You will need an avalanche trasceiver (457kHz) and an avalanche probe
- Choose your level of difficulty
- Easy (1-2 targets)
- Medium (2-4 targets)
- Expert (3-6 targets)
- Activate the control unit, creating a random pattern of targets according to the difficulty level
- Search with your transceiver and probe for the targets buried in the snow. Bamboo poles define the search area
- Hit the target with the probe. The light and horn above the control panel will confirm the strike. All active targets will continue to transmit until the last one is hit.
- When all targets are found, the light and horn will go off three times and the control unit will show search times
Please to do not dig up the search targets as they do not contain conventional transceivers
Eaglecrest Drone Policy
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Eaglecrest Ski Area prohibits the the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems or drones by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from management.
This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operation above or within Eaglecrest boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Eaglecrest property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Eaglecrest boundaries.
Please contact General Manager David Scanlan if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by Eaglecrest, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements and waivers or releases of liability