Arizona Snowbowl is committed to promoting skier and rider safety and has established the Winter Rules! and ParkSmart programs to encourage and enforce safe skiing and riding behavior. Under these programs, all skiers and riders must be responsible, treat each other with respect, be considerate, and know and comply with the Arizona Skier Safety Act, Your Responsibility Code, Arizona law, and the Park Smart program.
MOUNTAIN CODE OF CONDUCT
Arizona Snowbowl reserves the right to terminate skiing and riding privileges on a first offense of the Code of Conduct if it determines, in its sole discretion, that such action is appropriate. Especially egregious behavior could mean that an individual is banned from the slopes indefinitely. It is the individual's responsibility to understand, and adhere to all rules, laws or regulations of the resort, city, county and state.
The following will not be tolerated:
- Fast and/or reckless skiing/riding.
- Refusal to show and/or relinquish your pass to a mountain employee when requested.
- Violent behavior, or abusive, foul or threatening language.
- Skiing/riding in a closed area. It is your responsibility to know what trails or slopes are open and closed. Skiing/riding in a closed area is illegal and you may be prosecuted and fined.
- Going over or under a rope or past another closure indicator is also illegal and you may be fined.
- Riding a lift or skiing/riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Actions or behaviors that in our judgment may endanger your safety or the safety of others.
- Violating the law, including the Arizona Skier Safety Act.
Drugs: Arizona Snowbowl operates under a special use permit issued by the Coconino National Forest. Drug use and possession is illegal on Federal property. We have a strict policy against substances at our resort and we ask that you please respect our policy.
Alcohol: Only designated Arizona Snowbowl outlets may allow for open containers on our decks, patios and base area. Alcohol is not allowed to be consumed in the lift line or on our lifts.
ARIZONA SKIER SAFETY ACT
The Arizona legislature established as a matter of law, that certain dangers and risks are inherent in the sport of skiing. Learn more about the bill on the Arizona Legislature website.
You must be in control and avoid the person downhill of your path.
Arizona Law requires that a skier involved in a collision with another skier that results in an injury shall not leave the vicinity of the collision before giving the skier’s name and current address to an employee of the ski area operator or a member of a paid or voluntary ski patrol. This does not prohibit a skier from leaving the scene of a collision to secure first aid for a person who is injured in the collision. If a skier leaves the scene of a collision to secure first aid, the skier shall leave the skier's name and current address as required after securing the first aid.
Lift Safety: Under Arizona state law, you cannot board a lift unless you have the knowledge to negotiate or use the lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to use the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Slow Zones: Certain areas and trails at the Arizona Snowbowl, indicated on the trail map in red, are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe these posted slow 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.
Slow Zones to Know:
- Hart Prairie/Tenderfoot/Tinhorn/Bambi
- Aspen Meadows
- Southern Belle
- Meadows and Stump Patch
- Lower Bowl
- Log Jam
- Wild Turkey
- Round Up
Signage - For all Ability Levels
Various informational and caution signage is located throughout the ski area. Please read, understand and follow all rules and related signage. Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Arizona Snowbowl is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts. Skiers and riders should begin with the easiest terrain and then move up in difficulty as their ability permits. Some terrain may be closed due potential hazards. Please respect our signage and closures.
Arizona Snowbowl discourages the use of electronic devices (cell phones, music players or earphones) while skiing/riding, or loading or unloading lifts.
Arizona Snowbowl highly recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration and obligation under Your Responsibility Code is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner. Helmets are available for purchase and rental at the Hart Prairie Lodge, and for purchase at the Agassiz Lodge. Arizona Snowbowl supports the National Ski Areas Association's Lids on Kids initiative, which focuses on educating parents and children about the importance of helmet usage.
IN CASE OF INJURY
- If someone is injured, remain calm, cross skis or place a snowboard securely in the snow above the accident.
- Call Ski Patrol at 928-214-4005, or call 911.
- Patrol will ask for the number of the phone from which you are calling and your location, age, sex/gender, event, and about the resources available to you.
Grooming equipment, snowmobiles, snowmaking equipment, and other vehicles may be encountered at any time.
While rare, both inside and outside of the posted ski area boundary, avalanches may occur at any time without warning. Become educated on how to reduce the risks through your own education, actions, and awareness.
The terrain parks at Arizona Snowbowl are a great place to take your skiing and snowboarding to the next level, but we always want to make sure our park riders are safe.
It is important to be mindful of your ability level and not take on anything too challenging. Our three parks are designed for skiers and riders to progressively learn how to handle different features.
Learn more about park safety at terrainparksafety.org.
Some resorts designate features as small, medium and large. Be aware these ratings are determined by size, not degree of difficulty, and are relative only to that resort. Freestyle Terrain use, like all skiing and riding, exposes the user to the risk of serious injury. Prior to using freestyle terrain, it is the user's responsibility to become familiar with all instructions and posted warnings and to follow Your Responsibility Code and PARK SMART.
The Coconino National Forest requires that all skiers/riders obtain a free backcountry permit to access areas outside of the ski area boundary.
Please visit the local avalanche center website for backcountry conditions and education: www.kachinapeaks.org or www.avalanche.org
Backcountry permits are now available at two Coconino National Forest Flagstaff Offices from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday – no Holidays
- Flagstaff Ranger District
5075 N. Highway 89; on the East side across from the Mall
- Coconino NF Supervisors Office
1824 S. Thompson St.; on the West side off of Old Route 66
Permits will be available as conditions allow at Agassiz Lodge Lounge Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The San Francisco Peaks contain 77 avalanche slide paths. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained, meaning that avalanches and other hazards may exist. Access to public lands outside the boundary is provided through marked access points. The Arizona Snowbowl assumes no responsibility for the safety and welfare of skiers going beyond the ski area boundary. If rescue is needed it can be costly and may be slow. Should you need help, rescue in the backcountry is coordinated through the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Office. Call 911 for emergencies.
We strongly urge those venturing into the backcountry to know your limits and to educate yourself on avalanche dangers and preparedness. Backcountry terrain is rugged and has not had any sort of preventative avalanche control work performed. This risk, along with the other hazards - large cliffs, obstacles, changing snow conditions, tree wells, etc. - requires respect, knowledge and preparation. Before heading into the backcountry-be prepared & let someone know where you are going and when you should be back.
“Know Before You Go”
Items Needed for Backcountry Travel:
- Avalanche transceiver
- Backcountry shovel
- Avalanche probe
- Matches or lighter
- First aid kit
- Food that is high in energy
- Plenty of water
- Extra pair of gloves
- Extra hat
You should realize that your actions affect not just yourself, but also every other member of your party and potentially any other winter enthusiast who may be required to help in the case of an accident. If you feel something is above your ability level, it is your responsibility to make the wise judgment and inform your group. Please visit www.kachinapeaks.org, or www.avalanche.org.
Please refer to the Kiosk in parking lot 6 for updated routes. Routes may change daily.
You are required to have an Uphill Access Permit on you while traveling during uphill access hours of operation 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Fill out the permit form here, and pick up your armband at Guest Services in the Hart Prairie Lodge during business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Arizona Snowbowl operates under a special use permit from the Coconino National Forest. We enhance the use of your public land. Please keep in mind that uphill travel is a privilege and not a right on USFS permitted land by providing access to the Peaks, plowing the roads, sharing our parking lots, and supporting Flagstaff culture of outdoor recreation.
Uphill travel opens at 5:00 p.m.
Uphill travel closes at 8:00 a.m. (uphill travelers must be down and off ski slopes by 8:00 a.m.)
Uphill travel is closed during ski area operational hours.
Arizona Snowbowl Uphill Access: Uphill access by means of skinning, snowshoeing and hiking continues to gain popularity at Arizona Snowbowl. Arizona Snowbowl and the Coconino National Forest acknowledge the enjoyment of uphill use within the ski area boundary. We welcome and support individuals seeking to exercise and enjoy the quiet mountain setting. Mountain users can help preserve this opportunity by following these simple guidelines:
- Under the Arizona Skier Safety Act any person using any of the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier, and as such is required to adhere to, and obey all posted information, and to be aware of trail closures and other operational considerations. The ski area is not maintained for uphill access, and trails are not patrolled outside normal ski area operating hours, therefore emergency services may not be available.
- Be especially aware of and avoid inherent risks including other skiers and riders approaching from above or below when on-mountain, terrain variation, changing weather conditions, snowmobiles, snow cats, winch cat cables, snowmaking hoses, and other equipment may be encountered at any time. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.
- There are other inherent risks while recreating at the ski area, so be aware that you assume all risk of injury and property damage.
- You are responsible for your own safety at all time while on Arizona Snowbowl permitted area. Use the buddy system and always go with a friend!
- Parking is located in lot 6 only (below entry gate to the right). Please do not park inside gate. Vehicles will be towed.
- Please check the Uphill Access kiosk located in parking lot 6 for closure information, routes, and updates. Routes will be posted by 5:00 p.m. daily.
- Minimize damage to our freshly groomed trails. Please respect that we have a business to operate and our groomers take pride in providing a quality product for our customers. Stay to skier's right traveling up and down the mountain. Do no ski middle and across trail.
- All Terrain Parks are always closed during non-operational hours.
- Reflective clothing is recommended.
- Always wear a headlamp.
- Stay clear of all operating equipment and do not assume an operator can see you. Proper etiquette is to move to the side of the ski run and let the snow cat pass.
- No motorized vehicles are allowed on the ski slopes including, but not limited to snowmobiles.
Did you know?
- During early season operations, Arizona Snowbowl may close the resort for a length of time to prepare and set up the ski area. Arizona Snowbowl reserves the right to close the permit area for any reason including but not limited to special events and avalanche mitigation.
- No dogs allowed.
- You are required to have a complimentary uphill access pass on you while traveling during uphill access hours of operation 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Fill out the permit form here, and pick up your armband at Guest Services in the Hart Prairie Lodge during business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
- We expect all uphill travelers to be down and off the slopes by 8:00 a.m.
- HIGHLIGHT: Arizona Snowbowl is not responsible for injury to guests and employees. Dogs that chase machinery can be severely injured or killed. Pets are no longer allowed. Off leash, chasing, barking, and pet defecation causes safety hazards. We are all pet owners, but we care for the safety of you and your pets.
- Routes are determined daily due to mountain operations such as nightly snowmaking and grooming.
- Information regarding routes can be found at the kiosk in parking lot 6.
- Always travel (up and down) on the skiers right of an open trail and be down and off the slopes by 8:00 a.m.
- Please respect our grooming operations. Respect the corduroy. Stay to skier's right traveling up and down the mountain. Do no ski middle and across trail.
- Those individuals with backcountry permits may access the Humphrey's trailhead, during operational hours, located at the north end of parking lot 8, and may cross the Hart Prairie ski run to access the trail, but must yield to skiers and riders travelling downhill.
- View our complete Uphill Access Policy here.
Avalanche Danger and Explosives
- Avalanche danger may exist. Following any new amount of snow or wind, Ski Patrol may be conducting avalanche control work, including the use of explosives.
- During avalanche control operations, a sign, flashing beacon, and warning flags will be posted on the Arizona Snowbowl entry gate.
- Please obey all posted closures. Posted closures may be located at Round Up and the Agassiz chairlift, Midway and Logjam, Yogi catwalk, and Boo Boo catwalk, along with other possible locations.
- Uphill access during avalanche operations will be limited to lower mountain routes, or be closed. Arizona Snowbowl reserves the right to close all or other areas of the mountain during avalanche operations.
Participants must beware of, and avoid all mountain hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to:
- Winch Cat operations- Dangerous cable! Under no circumstance may anyone access any area where winch cat operations are taking place! Sno-Cat’s are repeatedly going uphill and downhill with a cable stretched tightly across the terrain and can be very dangerous! Skiing into them could result in serious injury or death. Please respect our signage and flashing beacons.
- Snow Cat grooming – Give snow cats a wide berth, and make yourself visible to operators, do not assume they see you. Please move to side of trail and stop while sno-cat passes.
- Snowmaking hoses and electrical cords may be buried in the snow. Do not ski or travel between the snowmaking fan guns and the hydrant on side of trail – Danger, high pressure and high voltage.
- Snowmaking hydrants – Stay clear of sides of trails where snowmaking equipment is present.
- Snowmobiles – Stay to the skiers right of trails and give them room to pass.
- Other hazard areas, operations, or conditions may exist. Ski/ride at your own risk!
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. Your body's tendency to dehydrate is greater at higher altitudes.
- Ultra-Violet rays are more severe at higher elevations. Protect your skin from the effects of the sun and keep in mind that the snow reflects the sun's rays. Wear sunscreen rated at least 30 SPF or higher.
- Wear eye protection such as sunglasses or goggles. These should filter both UVA and UVB rays and be rated at 90%. Eyes can sunburn just like your skin.
- Packed snow can be abrasive. We highly recommend wearing garments that cover your hands, arms and legs completely.
- Be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions. Dress in layers with your outer layer of clothing being of a water repellent fabric.
- Wear or carry a ski hat with you. Sixty percent of all body heat is lost out of the top of your head.
- On especially cold days, be aware of the potential for frost-bite. Drink warm fluids and take breaks often.
With the popularity of ski bikes on the increase, both in adaptive lesson facilitation, and with the aging demographic of skiers/riders, we feel that it is important to embrace this trend and offer an alternative; to allow access for ski bike riders at Arizona Snowbowl. Ski bike riders are considered skiers and shall understand and comply with the same rules as skiers and snowboarders. A ski bike is considered a person and lifts will be loaded accordingly.
Complete Arizona Snowbowl Ski Bike Guidelines.