Mountain Safety


Responsibility Code


The National Ski Areas Association established "Your Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. The points listed in the Your Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain. So, whether you ski with one board or two, or use other specialized equipment, always show courtesy to others so that your paths don't cross.

It is important to remember that there are elements of risk in mountain activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please note, violations of Your Responsibility Code, and the following additional rules, ordinances and/or guidelines may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability and/or loss of lift privileges without compensation or refund:

1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
2. People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
3. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
4. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
5. You must prevent runaway equipment.
6. Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
8. You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
9. Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
10. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.

Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. If you need help understanding the Code, please ask any ski area employee.


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Smoking Policy

In order to provide our guests with the best experience possible, we ask that you not smoke or vape in areas where there is a large concentration of people. The following locations are SMOKE-FREE zones:

  • Inside ski lodges
  • Lift Lines
  • Chair Lifts
  • Within 25 ft surrounding any building
  • All decks


Etiquette and Behavior

  • Be courteous to and respect of others. Do not use rude language and/or behavior.
  • No carry-in beer and alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Alpine Valley premises. Such beverages may be confiscated.
  • Do not bring skis, snowboards or poles into the lodge.
  • "Brown Bagging" is allowed only in restricted areas.
  • Follow Your Responsibility Code. Do not sit at the top of the run in such a way as to block the starting area or otherwise obstruct any area of the slope.
  • Do not abuse rental equipment. Do not go on dry pavement with skis on.
  • Snowball throwing will not be tolerated on Alpine Valley property.
  • A ski area representative (including any employee in uniform, not just Ski Patrollers) upon finding a person skiing/riding in a careless, inappropriate or reckless manner, could dispense consequences ranging from a one-on-one Safety Awareness Seminar with a Ski Patroller to a lifetime suspension from Alpine Valley. So take it easy out there. Give people some space!

These actions may not be construed to create an affirmative duty on the part of the ski area operator to protect skiers from their own or from another skier's carelessness or recklessness. If you do not agree with the above, then do not use the facilities at our ski area.

Skiing in its various forms, including the use of snowboards and snow skates, is a dangerous sport with inherent risks. These risks include loading, riding and unloading from ski lifts, variations in snow, steepness and terrain, ice, moguls, rocks, trees and other forms of forest growth and debris (above or below the surface), bare spots, lift towers, utility lines an poles, fencing, snowmaking and snow grooming equipment, and other forms of natural or man-made obstacles on and off designated trails, as well as collisions with equipment, obstacles or other skiers. Trail conditions vary constantly due to weather changes and skier use. Inherent in the sport is the risk of permanent, catastrophic injury or death.

Accepting these risks is a part of the challenge of man against the mountain and the elements. To enjoy skiing, you must also know and be willing to accept the limits of your ability. Skiing challenges your physical condition and may cause stress. You will reduce the risk of skiing and enjoy it more if you are in good physical condition.

AV Ski Patrol

Ski patrol looks at snow conditions at Alpine Valley
The BM/BW/AV Ski Patrol is one of the largest Ski Patrol chapters in the United States, and twice been named "National Outstanding Large Alpine Ski Patrol" by the National Ski Patrol board. This is the highest award that a Ski Patrol can receive. It indicates a well-deserved recognition by their peers across the nation of the wonderful job that they do tending to the skiers and snowboarders at Boston Mills/Brandywine/Alpine Valley.

If you ever have a question or problem while you're out on our slopes, don't hesitate to flag down a Ski Patroller for assistance. You can easily identify a BMBWAV Patroller by their distinctive red parkas, each of which has a cross on the back.

The BM/BW/AV Ski Patrol accepts skiers/snowboarders and nonskiers for membership. You can check out the Patrol's own Recruiting Page, which is a great resource for those who are considering joining the BM/BW/AV Ski Patrol. The next training starts in March.

You can also stop into the Patrol room while you're at the resorts and speak with any Patroller to find out more.

The National Ski Patrol The National Ski Patrol was founded in 1938. During World War II, the NSP was contracted by the War Department to recruit and train a special combat unit called the Tenth Mountain Division. In 1980 the NSP was granted a federal charter. Today, the National Ski Patrol is represented at 98% of all ski resorts and has over 29,000 members serving over 650 ski areas. They are a leading partner in the ski and outdoor recreation community as an adaptable resource of valuable individuals.

Ski Patrollers support and participate in the ski and outdoor recreation community by providing first responder emergency care, search and rescue, and education services. The National Ski Patrol has developed partnerships with the National Ski Area Association, the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and others. Since its inception, the National Ski Patrol (NSP), has followed its creed of "Service and Safety". As snow sports and guest services at areas have evolved over the years, so has the NSP, from a service organization to a modern-day professional education association. Other snow sports, such as snowboarding, tubing, and snow-skating, introduced new equipment and new terrain, which in turn required developing and teaching new safety and emergency care training methods.

National Ski Patrol membership requires completion of the Outdoor Emergency Care training class and a Professional Rescuer CPR class. This education program starts in April and is approximately 120 hours in length. These classes help prepare Patrollers to treat injuries and illnesses with expertise and confidence.

Smart Style

Smart Style is a terrain park specific safety program that you should check out before using terrain parks. Be sure you Know the Code, too: Your Responsibility Code provides safety tips while on the slopes.

The 4 MAIN POINTS OF Smart Style:


  • Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use.
  • Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.


  • Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings
  • Scope around the jumps first not over them
  • Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain
  • Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day
  • Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary


  • Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level
  • Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up
  • Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air
  • Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely
  • Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended


  • Respect the terrain and others
  • One person on a feature at a time
  • Wait your turn and call your start
  • Always clear the landing area quickly
  • Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features
  • For more hints on how to Smart Style it, including Stuff to Know, the ATML method, Vocab, and helpful videos, check out the Terrain Park Safety Website
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