Summer Safety

Changing weather conditions, variations, steepness of terrain, natural and man-made obstacles and other dangers or conditions that may be encountered are inherent risks that are part of the challenge of mountain biking and other summer mountain activities.

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Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking is different than road or street riding and is confined to marked unimproved or partially improved trails where rocks, dirt, loose gravel and stumps and trees may be encountered at any time. Changing weather conditions, variations in terrain, including steepness, natural and man-made obstacles and features, and other dangers or conditions that may be encountered such as vehicles on the mountain, are inherent risks that are part of the challenge of mountain biking. Be aware that trees live or dead can blow over during wind events. Watch for and avoid trees or branches that may have fallen on mountain bike trails. Riding trails under construction is dangerous and strictly prohibited. Expect jumps and features on most trails. Inspect each feature before using. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above or to other riders. Wooden features become slippery when wet. You control the degree of risk when using the jumps and features. Ride-arounds may be available. Features can change due to use, weather or maintenance. You must ride in control and within your own ability. Expect and yield to riders going at different speeds than yourself. Announce your presence when approaching other riders. You are using these premises at your own risk, and assume all risks in this activity. Helmets must be worn while riding at Winter Park Resort. Trestle Bike Park is designed for downhill biking and should be enjoyed with appropriate equipment and protective gear. Bike Park trails are designed for freeride/downhill full suspension bikes. Lower your seat and stand on your pedals for safety. Use of jumps, features and airborne maneuvers can cause equipment failure and can significantly increase the risk of serious injury. Read and obey all signs. Riding downhill on mountain roads is prohibited unless otherwise posted. Equipment allowed on mountain bike trails limited to mountain bikes and adaptive equipment unless approved by senior management.

In Case of Accident
Report accidents at any of our designated on-mountain emergency telephones by dialing 1480. If you are reporting from a cellular phone, call 970.726.1480 (cell phone coverage may be limited). At lodging properties, parking lots and in the Village please call 9-1-1 for assistance.

Lightning & Thunderstorms
Inclement weather, such as afternoon thunderstorms, is common in the mountains. Seek shelter when you see a storm developing. Keep off ridge tops and stay clear of lift houses, lift towers, power lines, open ski runs, the tallest tree in the vicinity, fences and signposts.

Fire Danger
Due to existing fire dangers, smoking is strictly prohibited on the mountain. Per Colorado State Law, smoking is prohibited in public buildings and in public areas. No smoking on the mountain including on chairlifts.

Construction Warning
Base area and mountain improvements and repairs are made during the summer months. Vehicles may be encountered at any time. Terrain may be temporarily closed for construction.

Adequate Clothing
Be aware, the weather changes quickly here. There is usually at least a 10-degree temperature difference from the bottom to the top of the lifts. Rugged footwear for hiking and biking are advised. Take a jacket in case it becomes windy or there is a thunderstorm.

Please leave wildflowers for others to enjoy. The growing season is quite short at high altitudes. Stay on designated hiking and biking trails and give the fragile ecosystem an opportunity to thrive. Do not cut switchbacks. Hiking is not allowed on bike trails. Watch for falling limbs and trees.

Be alert for wildlife and avoid wildlife encounters. Moose and bear as well as fox, chipmunks and ground squirrels and other wildlife may be seen. Do not approach or feed. Keep the wildlife wild and keep your distance to help avoid injury. Moose are unpredictable and may charge especially if dogs are present. All dogs must be on leash or under voice command at Winter Park Resort or in the Village.

Drinking water is available at The Lodge at Sunspot, Five Points and the base of Winter Park. Don't drink from streams. Carry water with you while biking or hiking and increase your fluid intake to prevent dehydration.

Anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited from riding the lifts or participating in Resort activities.

Altitude Hints
The base of the Resort lies 9,000 feet above sea level. The air is thinner and less oxygen is available. People coming from lower elevations may experience altitude sickness. This usually occurs within the first 48 hours. You may experience headaches, nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite. The best remedy is to take it easy your first day here: increase fluid intake, decrease salt, alcohol and caffeine intake, and select high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods. Be aware that high elevation can also accentuate existing health problems. Seek medical assistance if problems persist or get worse. Pick up a flyer for information on altitude sickness at Guest Services or any ticket window. There is about 50% more ultraviolet radiation at 10,000’ than at sea level. Always wear eye and skin protection.

Photo Instructions for riding the Arrow chairlift to access the Alpine Slide.

Photo Instructions for loading your mountain bike and riding a chairlift