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Mountain Safety

Laurel Mountain is committed to promoting slope safety. Share the slopes and be courteous to others. Be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe Your Responsibility Code and share it with others on the slopes for a great snowsports experience!


Your Responsibility Code

  • 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 knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
  • For your safety, please remove backpacks before loading the chairlift as backpack can become caught in the chairs and chairlift components and can also limit your ability to sit fully in the chair, thus creating increased risk


  • Take a lesson – trained instructors can teach you more quickly and safely then learning on your own or from a friend.
  • Share the slopes; enjoy a lifetime of skiing or snowboarding.
  • Be “predictable” when skiing: Don’t suddenly swerve or stop.
  • Go with the flow; pass others cautiously.
  • Observe the areas posted as “Slow Zones” and slow down, regardless of your ability level.
  • Fast or reckless skiing and snowboarding can result in injury to you or others and could result in the loss of your ski and snowboard ticket or season pass.
  • Be courteous to others.
  • End the day on a positive note. Stop skiing or snowboarding with the first signs of fatigue.
  • Use caution when walking on steps, walkways and parking lots. Melting and freezing can cause surfaces to become slippery.
  • A helmet is an important safety consideration. Use your head. Educate yourself about helmet use.
  • Know the slope and trail ability designations.


Be advised that you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate or to use such lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to load, ride and unload the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any slope or trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Load and unload in designated areas.
  • If you are unsure about how to get on/off any of our lifts, consider taking a lesson or ask a Mountain Ambassador for assistance.
  • Your ski or snowboard ticket must be visible to the Mountain Ambassadors.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or backpacks that may catch on a lift you are riding.
  • If you fall while getting on/off the lift, keep your head down and low to the ground to reduce the risk of being struck by the chair.
  • If the lift stops, remain on the chairlift.
  • When unloading, stand on your skis or snowboard and glide away from the lift. Anticipate possible ice or a steep decline on the unloading ramp.
  • Move quickly away from the unloading area to provide adequate distance for those unloading behind you.


For the safety of our guests, the following items are prohibited from being used on any slope or trail at Laurel Mountain by anyone other than authorized personnel:

Drone Aircraft Policy

  • – For the safety of all guests, recreational drone use by any guest or member of the public, is prohibited at Laurel Mountain and on all Seven Springs Mountain Resort properties. Commercial use is also prohibited without approved credentials from our Communications Manager and Resort Safety Manager.

From November 1 through the end of Ski Season

  • – Snow bikes, Fat bikes, ski bikes, mountain bikes, snow scooters, snow skates, sleds, toboggans, snowmobiles, ATV’s, motor vehicles, cross country mountain biking and snowshoes.
  • – For your safety and that of others, pets are not permitted on the slopes or on chairlifts.