Safety Facts

& Tips

Resources to help you feel prepared for fun on the slopes.


Lids on Kids

A Helmet--It's a Smart Idea


Kids on Lifts

Safety info for parents and kids.


Terrain Park Safety

Learn about how to take on jumps, rails, and features the smart way.

Avalanche Awareness Resources

Avalanche.org features education on avalanche basics.

National Ski Patrol page on Backcountry Avalanche Safety

Avalanche awareness videos from Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center

American Avalanche Institute offers a systematic approach to backcountry travel.

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your Responsibility Code

1. Stay in control.

2.  People ahead of you have the right of way.

3.  Stop in a safe place for you and others.

4.  When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.

5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.

7.  Know how to use the lifts safely.

Boundary Policy

Pine Creek Ski Area operates on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) property with a recreational patent owned by Lincoln County, Wyoming.  that is administered through a lease between both parties.  The majority of the ski area boundary borders BLM property.  Any areas outside of the ski area boundary is considered BACKCOUNTRY!  Pine Creek Ski Area does not restrict travel outside of the resort boundary.  If you do choose to leave the boundaries of the ski area you must understand that this backcountry area is not patrolled or maintained by Pine Creek Ski Area.  Natural and human triggered avalanches are possible. You may encounter many hazards including avalanche slopes, cliffs, gullies, streambeds and thick forests.  Enter at your own risk.  You assume all responsibility for proceeding beyond this point.  The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center can be found here.

For a look at the trail map and mountain boundaries go here.  The ski area boundary is the dashed yellow line.

Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you might see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country or other specialized equipment such as that used by the disabled. 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. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.

  4. Whenever starting down hill or merging into a trail, look up hill and yield to others.

  5. Always use devices that help prevent runaway equipment.

  6. Observe posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Know the code.  It's your responsibility


Lids on Kids

We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet – but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet.  NSAA advocates skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders.  A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.  In 2002, Lids on Kids debuted as a resource for consumers to learn about helmet use in skiing and snowboarding.  This site contains FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, related articles and games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members.  The site has received nearly 2 million hits since it was created. The tagline, “A Helmet--It’s a Smart Idea,” is printed on posters and promotional cards at resorts nationwide. For more information, visit the Lids On Kids web page: www.lidsonkids.org.


Kids on Lifts

Using a chairlift or gondola while skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, or even just sightseeing, is an exceptionally safe and secure mode of transportation. Nonetheless incidents and accidents can happen – especially when people are unaware of loading, riding and unloading procedures. Educate your children about loading, riding and unloading lifts. Be sure to emphasize courteous behavior and utilize these Tips for Responsible Lift Use to get your points across. Slope safety and personal responsibility should be discussed prior to hitting the slopes or using a lift.


Keep in mind, when your child loads a lift chair without you, they may not always be riding with another adult. Remember, it’s your responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely as well as your child’s. Having the knowledge and dexterity to use the lift properly will ensure fun for everyone.


National Ski Patrol

The Pine Creek Ski Patrol staff is an affiliate of the National Ski Patrol System.  They are committed to providing quality customer service and first aid to our guests.  Ski Patrol aid stations are located north of the base of the ski lift, in the east end of the lower parking lot, and on top of the mountain, adjacent to the top of the lift.  Any Pine Creek employee can also contact Ski Patrol for you if you require assistance or have witnessed an accident.

Calling all volunteers:

Pine Creek Ski Patrol needs YOU!

No experience necessary.  Begin your new adventure today.