Detroit Mountain Recreation Area Safety Guide

We have designed this guide to educate our guests on how to ski and snowboard responsibly and safely. Please review the information provided and follow these guidelines on and off the slopes to enhance both the fun and safety of all guests.


  • Wear a properly fitted helmet with the chin strap securely tightened to help prevent or minimize injuries.
  • Use properly maintained equipment. Have bindings inspected and correctly adjusted by a certified technician.
  • Dress in water– and wind-resistant outerwear and layers to accommodate changing conditions. ON
  • Use sunscreen and wear goggles or sunglasses.
  • Skiing and snowboarding are active sports. Know your physical limits.
  • Take a lesson. Every experience level can benefit from professional instruction.


  • Ski or Ride in Control. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Ski or ride at a speed you are able to safely stop and avoid others and objects you may encounter.
  • Look Out for Hazards and Obstacles (natural and man-made). Resorts may use poles, flags, discs, ropes, fencing, signs, and other devices to provide visual warnings. No resort can mark all hazards and obstacles. Be aware of changing conditions.
  • Do NOT go under ropes or enter closed areas. Ropes and closures are in place for your safety.
  • Do NOT Ski or Ride Impaired. It is unsafe and against the law. Be responsible with alcohol consumption.
  • Know Your Limits. If you’re tired, STOP. If you’re injured, contact Ski Patrol.
  • NO Horseplay. Always be respectful of others.
  • Look Out for Over-Snow Vehicles. They may be on the slopes heading uphill or downhill, so stay clear of them at all times.
  • DEEP SNOW SAFETY: Fresh snow is fun, but it also creates additional risks.
  • Avoid Tree Wells. These are voids or depressions in the snow that form around the base of a tree and are often hidden by low branches. To avoid tree wells, steer clear of trees and stay in control.
  • Stay With a Buddy. Always maintain visual contact and stay close.
  • Carry Information. Have ski patrol phone numbers so you can quickly call for help (but be aware of areas without cell coverage).


  • Remove pole straps from wrists and hold in one hand. Remove backpacks and hold in your lap. Remove back foot from snowboard binding.
  • Be lined up with other guests and prepared to load before moving forward from the “Wait Here” area.
  • After the chair in front passes, move from the “Wait Here” area to the “Load Here” area.
  • At the “Load Here” area, look back and grab the part of the chair that is easiest for you, typically a side bar or backrest.
  • Use restraint bar, tell others and lower the bar when you can do so safely.
  • SIT BACK and remain seated.
  • Do not turn around, or otherwise move on the chair, even if the lift slows or stops. Never jump from the chair.
  • Check for loose clothing or equipment (such as backpacks) to make sure it will not get caught.
  • Tell others before raising the restraint bar before the “Unload Here” area.
  • Keep your ski tips or the front of your board up and straight ahead.
  • After unloading, move away from the unload ramp.
  • If you fail to unload at the “Unload Here” area, remain completely seated and wait for further assistance. DO NOT JUMP.
  • If you need assistance or there is a problem, SPEAK UP, and tell a lift operator.

Trail Signage:

Trail maps contain a wealth of information, including trail and lift locations, trail difficulty rating symbols, and where to find information, ski patrol, and other mountain services. Trail difficulty ratings are relative to each resort’s specific terrain. A blue square trail at one resort may be easier or more difficult than a blue square trail at another resort. Work your way up from easier to more difficult trails. When in doubt about a trail or what type of terrain a particular lift serves, ask resort staff for guidance.

Trail rating symbols indicate the difficulty level of terrain. Here’s what they mean:

Easier More Difficult Most Difficult Experts Freestyle Terrain

Terrain Parks

Terrain parks offer unique challenges and risks. Every park is different and it is important to use features that meet your ability. All users should educate themselves on Park SMART.

Parents, make sure you understand Park SMART and ensure your kids are educated on the proper use of terrain parks and their features.


We are committed to addressing safety every day and in every facet of our operations. This guide is part of that commitment. Learning and practicing what is contained in this guide, using common sense, and making good decisions will contribute to your safety and the safety of all guests. Skiing and snowboarding are active and exciting outdoor sports with inherent risks that cannot be eliminated, including the risk of serious injury and death. Because of these risks, it is YOUR responsibility to be aware of your surroundings, the conditions, and your ability. Most skiing and snowboarding incidents result from skiers or riders traveling too fast or beyond their ability. You can reduce the likelihood of injury on the slopes if you slow down and are able to stop to safely avoid objects and people at all times.


Please follow all trail closure signs. Trail closures are for your safety and may include thin snow cover or unsafe trail conditions or on snow maintenance/snowmaking. Signage may include: closed sign, bamboo “X” poles, rope and/or closure tape. Those caught skiing on unmarked closed trails will result in loss of lift ticket. Skiing or snowboarding is only allowed during lift operating hours, outside of lift hours or when business is closed will be subject to trespassing.


  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or 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.


  • We provide guest education on how to ski and snowboard responsibly.
  • We offer ski and snowboard lessons from qualified instructors.
  • We staff a trained ski patrol to provide first aid, assess mountain safety, post warnings, close trails
  • We conduct ongoing lift inspections and maintenance, work with regulatory agencies, and staff trained lift operations personnel to operate lifts.
  • We monitor weather and mountain conditions and modify operations when appropriate. We provide trail difficulty rating symbols relative to a resort’s specific terrain.


All recreation area users must have a lift ticket and completed a signed liability waiver, those not having this liability waiver AND daily lift ticket will be subject to trespassing.


  • THE AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD FOR PASSENGER ROPEWAYS recognizes that certain dangers and risks are inherent in machines of this type, and their operation. Passengers accept the risks inherent in such participation of which the ordinary prudent person is or should be aware.
  • All passengers who use a lift, tow, or conveyor shall be responsible for their own loading, riding, and unloading.
  • They shall be presumed to have sufficient ability, physical dexterity, and/or personal assistance to negotiate and to be evacuated safely. Passengers shall maintain control of their speed and course while loading and unloading.
  • A passenger shall get on and get off at designated areas. No passenger shall load the lift without first understanding and observing the proper loading, riding, and unloading procedures.

“Your Responsibility Code” requires that “Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.” If you are unsure of your knowledge or ability, please ask for assistance before using a lift. Lift incidents are almost always avoidable. The best way to avoid a lift incident is to pay attention to loading, riding, and unloading. Be prepared to load and ride before you get to the “Load Here” area. Focus only on the lift and the loading process, not on your mobile device or any other distractions.

Make sure you are properly seated with your back against the seatback when you load, lower the restraint bar, remain properly seated during your entire ride, unload at the “Unload Here” area, and move to an area where you are clear from other guests unloading.