Know your ability:
- Don’t attempt a double black diamond run if you’re just starting out.
- Ride in a controlled manner so you don’t endanger yourself or others.
- Follow these tips for beginner skiers.
- Consider a lesson at any ability.
Right of way:
- Downhill riders always have the right of way.
- When overtaking, leave space for the person in front of you - no one has eyes in the back of their head.
- To help avoid a crash when passing on catwalks, it’s helpful to shout “on your left” or “on your right” to the person ahead of you.
- If there is a crash or accident offer your assistance. Everyone appreciates when someone skis down with the pole or ski they lost a few turns up rather than having to hike back up the hill to retrieve their yard sale of equipment.
How to carry your skis:
- Place your skis together with the brakes interlacing to hold them together.
- Put your skis over one shoulder and hold your poles in your hand.
- Watch your surroundings - take your skis off your shoulder around low ceilings and crowded areas.
- Take your skis off your shoulder and keep your poles pointing towards the ground in order to avoid hitting someone.
- The loading area can be busy and moves quickly so be prepared. The silver queen gondolas fit six people each.
- Put your skis and boards in the racks – don’t bring them inside.
- Open the windows if you’ve been working up a sweat – riding is a sport but fresh air for 15 minutes can be a game changer.
- If it’s a quiet day, no need to squeeze six people per gondola – let someone enjoy a solo ride up and grab the next bucket with your group of friends.
- The red gondolas play music. Get to know your fellow gondola riders to pick music you all like. If you're not so into music skip the red gondolas.
- Save your phone calls for when you have a bucket to yourself.
- Alternate! When the lines converge make sure to alternate.
- If it’s a powder day or holiday weekend, the lift lines can be busy. Take the singles line which moves a bit faster and meet new people on the chair. Pay attention to the line waiting for an unfilled chair. Don’t miss your chance to jump in line – an empty chair on a powder day will earn some glares.
Respect the out-of-bounds signage and fencing.
For more winter sports safety tips check out this guide.
- Take advantage of the FREE bus system between all four mountains.
- Many hotels have shuttle services. Check with your hotel about their radius restrictions.
- There is FREE parking at Buttermilk.
- Parking for Aspen Mountain is in the downtown core. We recommend using the Rio Grande parking garage and taking the free Galena Street shuttle if skiing all day.
- Daily parking at Aspen Highlands varies in price, but is free after 12pm.
- Snowmass has free parking at the Town Park Station where you can catch a free shuttle to the mountain. Paid lots include Two Creeks and the Base Village parking garage.