Skiing and snowboarding can be HAZARDOUS. The Colorado Legislature, recognizing the dangers and risks inherent to the sport, has seen fit to amend the Ski Safety Act to provide as follows:
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing. Inherent risks of skiing include, but are not limited to: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities; cliffs; Extreme Terrain; jumps; and Freestyle Terrain.
Please be advised that, under Colorado law, any person using any of the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. This includes other activities offered including, but not limited to: sledding, skating, tubing, snowmobiling and riding snowbikes. “Holder” means the user of this ticket AND it means the parent/legal guardian purchasing the ticket on behalf of the Holder when the Holder is under the age of 18. Holder agrees that using a ski area, including its lifts, for any purpose can be HAZARDOUS AND INVOLVES THE RISK OF PHYSICAL INJURY OR DEATH and Holder should obtain their own Life, Health and Accident INSURANCE PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING. Holder understands that he/she is responsible for having sufficient physical dexterity and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload the lifts. Holder understands that he/she has additional duties under Colorado law, including controlling his/her speed and course at all times and maintaining a proper lookout so as to avoid other skiers and obstacles. Holder recognizes that snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking equipment may be encountered at any time. CAUTION deep snow or tree wells can expose you to the risk of snow immersion injuries or fatalities. Educate yourself on how to reduce the risks and ALWAYS SKI OR RIDE WITH A PARTNER.
PLEASE READ THE full version of the 1979 Colorado Skier Safety Act as amended in 2004 and modified to reflect the passing of CO State Senate Bill 03-253 (C.R.S. § 13-22-107) and the Wolf Creek Ski Area Boundary Management Plan which are available to read in the Wolf Creek Ski Area ticket office and below the Base Camp in the First Aid Room. The Colorado Ski Safety Act is also available by following this link.
A green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Wolf Creek Ski Area is not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another area. This is a relative system that is valid only at this area. Skiers and riders should work their way up, beginning with the easiest trails no matter what their ability level may be, until they are familiar with the trails at the area.
Please observe and respect all "Closed" "Avalanche Area" "Ski Area Boundary" and all other closures. Closure violators may be subject to prosecution! A more detailed "Boundary Management Plan" is posted throughout the base area.
Four backcountry access gates are located on top of Wolf Creek's ridgeline, refer to trail map for locations.
Our professional ski patrol is here to provide you with first aid, directions and to answer questions that will help you (our guest) enjoy our mountain. First Aid stations are located in BASE CAMP, at the top of Treasure and Bonanza chairlifts, and the Knife Ridge Outpost.
Wolf Creek’s Professional Patrol are all certified in one or more of the following groups:
In addition we have 4 heart defibrillators, one in each of the following locations:
Should you see, or have an accident requiring the help of ski patrol, place crossed skis upright in the snow above the scene. Accidents or emergencies can also be reported to any Ski Patrol Station or nearest lift attendant. Emergency message boards are located at the bottom of each lift.
Wolf Creek Ski Patrol assesses conditions daily and performs avalanche hazard reduction in all potential avalanche areas during storm cycles. Be aware that closures pertaining to these areas are for your safety and that violation of these closures is a serious matter under Colorado law.
The Wolf Creek Ski Patrol continuously ski the mountain to help with problems, give directions, identify hazards and control fast traffic. Don’t be afraid to ask for their help.