Safety & Policies
Safety is a top priority at Gore. We’ve loaded this page with great tips for you to review in advance and reference while you’re here. Keep these items in mind for a fun and safe day on our slopes!
- Responsibility Code
- Know The Zone
- Mountain Safety
- Mountain Policies
- Mountain Biker's Responsibility Code
- Safety Awards & Recognition
Review these tips often to help ensure a fun and safe snow day for you and others.
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. Always stop in a place that is safe for you and others.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all 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 Zone
Every skier and rider gets 15 feet.
While on the hill, avoid collisions by giving others 15 feet of space on all sides. If kids are present, go slower and give them more room. Know that skiers and riders can turn suddenly, so stay in control to obey the 15-foot zone.
Helmets are always a smart idea!
As part of our commitment to safety, we include a free helmet with every rental package. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet but to also remain safety-conscious, skiing or riding with care. Skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner is the best way to ensure your safety. Helmet’s however, do make a difference in reducing or preventing injury from falls or other impacts. So cover that head!
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) supports the use of snow sport helmets. With the encouragement of resorts and parents as well as helmet education, snow sport helmet use has increased year after year. Visit www.lidsonkids.org for more information, safety tips, and research to help better understand the benefits of helmet use and snow sports safety.
Practice Lift Safety
Riding a chairlift is one of the safest forms of transportation available, but there are risks involved when people and moving machines come together. Your personal behavior is critical for overall chairlift safety. Need assistance? Ask the lift attendant for help if needed, that is what they’re here for!
- It is best that a parent or adult ride in the middle of the chair seat, with the child and/or children on either side of the adult. The smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.
- You should load onto a chair seat when you are ready. It’s okay to allow an empty chair to go by if you or your child is not prepared to safely load the lift.
- Before loading, remove and hold packs as straps may become entangled. Holding packs will reduce the likelihood of this happening.
- Remove ski poles from your wrists and hold your poles in one hand. Parents, it may be helpful to hold your child’s ski poles, as well as your own, while loading the chairlift.
- When loading, watch for the approaching chair. Then sit back as far as possible and never lean forward toward the edge of the seat, nor rest on the restraint bar.
- Sit still, hang on, and absolutely no horseplay while riding the lifts!
- Drop something? Let it fall. Ask ski patrol or the lift attendant for help once you have unloaded.
Heading into the Glades?
Remember these tips for a safe and enjoyable adventure.
- Keep your goggles on and pole straps off.
- Don’t go into the glades alone. Always bring a buddy.
- New to the glades? Ask about our specialty lessons and tree clinics.
- Start with blue square glades and shorter routes. Work your way up!
Using our Freestyle Areas?
Please note the quick points below and spend a moment watching the Smart Style video.
- START SMALL – Work your way up. Build your skills.
- MAKE A PLAN – Every feature. Every time.
- ALWAYS LOOK – Before you drop.
- RESPECT – The features and other users.
- TAKE IT EASY – Know your limits. Land on your feet.
- Bringing the kids? Have a plan should you get separated. If they get lost, children should go to the base of the nearest lift and let the attendant know.
- Safety first. Orient yourself to our patrol station locations and program our daytime emergency number into your phone: (518) 251-3838.
- Please be aware of construction, maintenance vehicles, and heavy equipment and obey all posted warnings.
- Use caution and stay alert- trucks and ATVs for mountain operations may be encountered at any time. Be advised that all poles, flags, fencing, signage, and padding on equipment or objects, or other forms of marking devices, are used by the resort to inform you of the presence or location of potential obstacles or hazards. These markers are no guarantee of your safety and will not protect you from injury. It is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas.
- Emergency notifications are posted at the base of every open lift, and announcements made over the public address system.
- Uphill travel is prohibited during the snow season.
- Drones are not permitted on the mountain. The use of drones and/or other unmanned aircraft, collectively referred to as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), is prohibited. The safety and privacy of our employees and guests are of primary importance.
- No transporting a child on your person when skiing or snowboarding (no baby packs, kids on shoulders, etc).
- For scenic skyrides during the summer/fall, adult passengers carrying children in their arms, or in any type of pack, may ride in gondola cabins but may not ride on chairlifts. Children need to be able to sit up under their own ability to ride on chairlifts.
Downhill Equipment Policy
Our lifts and trails are designed for use by guests on a wide variety of skiing and riding equipment incorporating an array of different binding systems. While within ski area boundaries, each guest shall have a device on their skiing and riding equipment that is capable of restraining or stopping it in the event it becomes detached from the user. Gore Mountain Safety Patrol retains the right to prohibit any type of equipment at their discretion.
Allowed without restriction on all areas:
- Carving Boards
Metal edges are required for all of the above.
- Children in backpacks or other carrying devices
- Ski boards
- Bike Boards
- Sleds or snow toys of any type
- We welcome quiet, non-aggressive pets who are up to date on shots and vaccinations.
- Pets must be on a leash, in a carrier, or held and under control at all times.
- Any messes created by a pet need to be cleaned up by the pet’s owner.
- Pets are not allowed on chairlifts or gondolas.
- Pets are not allowed in lodges, indoor facilities, or food service areas.
- Pets may not be allowed in some event venues at Gore Mountain.
- Service animals are welcome at any time. Service animals must be under control. For ORDA’s Service Animal Policy- read here.
Mountain Biker's Responsibility Code
Mountain biking involves the risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.
- STAY IN CONTROL. You are responsible for avoiding objects and people.
- KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
- PROTECT YOURSELF. Use an appropriate bike, helmet, and protective equipment.
- INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT. Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
- BE LIFT SMART. Know how to load, ride, and unload safely. Ask for help if you need it.
- INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.
- OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated.
- BE VISIBLE. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing, or are not visible from above.
- LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
- COOPERATE. If you are involved in or are a witness to an accident, identify yourself to staff.
Safety Awards & Recognition
We were recently presented with two safety awards from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)- Best Guest Safety Program 2018 & Best Overall Safety Program 2020!
2020 BEST OVERALL SAFETY PROGRAM
These safety awards highlight the creative, innovative, and tried-and-true methods that keep guests and employees safe on the mountain. At Gore we invested in new lift catch nets, children’s vests with safety handles, an interactive safety kiosk, and RFID ticketing. Guest communications are consistently infused with safety tips and reminders. Behind the scenes, employees receive expanded CPR and defensive driving training, and mandatory ski and snowboard inspections. Our new safety products vending machine dispensed over 1,000 items and worker’s compensation claims decreased significantly.
2018 BEST GUEST SAFETY PROGRAM
These safety awards recognize exceptional resort initiatives to educate guests and employees about skiing and snowboarding responsibly. Our award was due in part to our consistent and frequent integration of guest safety information in promotional literature, on our website, in our lodges, and during special events.