Safety on The Mountain


The Alpine Responsibility Code

The points listed in the Alpine Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain.

The Ski Patrol will stop and let guests know when they are not following the code.

Failure to follow the Alpine Responsibility Code could result in consequences ranging from a one-on-one Safety Awareness talk with a Ski Patroller to a lifetime suspension from Mt.Timothy.

So take it easy out there. Give people some space.

Please respect all ropes, signage and ski area boundary markers. All may indicate possible dangers that may not be readily apparent. In particular, the snow making water reservoirs roped off from public access, clearly signed and should be avoided.


Speed and Collision Safety

The National Ski Area Association as part of its on-going efforts to promote on-hill safety and responsible skiing and riding, has developed the #RideAnotherDay campaign, in partnership with Kelli and Chauncy Johnson.

Complementing the Alpine Responsibility Code and it’s 10 tenets, #RideAnotherDay promotes 3 actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around safer on the slopes. These three actions are:

1. Be Ready

Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride in such a way that you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run, groomed or otherwise.

2. Stay Alert

Stay alert to what’s going on around you, especially other skiers and riders. Being aware of those around and changing conditions will help you have a fun and safe day on the hill.

3. Plan Ahead

Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can’t see what’s coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down it and make note of places where you’ll want to slow down, such as cat tracks and rollers. Also, give other skiers and riders lots or room, especially if you are passing them. There’s plenty of space out there, so there’s no need to crowd each other.

By doing these three things every run, you’ll be helping keep the slopes safe and enjoyable, for you and everyone else.


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Mountain Signage

These signs indicates the edge of the Mt.Timothy patrolled area. Skiing or riding outside the area is done at your own risk and it is strongly recommended that you have the essential personal safety gear. Education (avalanche courses), information (Avalanche Advisory) and people requiring rescue from the back-country can be charged for their rescue. In early season, “Ski Area Boundaries” often exist within the ski area. These boundaries denote parts of the hill that are not yet ready to open. As a result, there is no hazard marking, no patrol and no sweep. Can you go there? Yes, but be prepared!


Tree-wells & Deep Snow Safety

Natural hazards such as tree wells occur within and outside of the ski area boundary.

A tree well is a hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree while snow accumulates. A tree well incident occurs when a person falls, head first, into an area of deep snow around the base of a tree and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles the more entrapped in the snow they become. The risks of a tree well accident or fatality can be reduced by following these basic practices:

  • Always ski or ride with a partner
  • Keep your partner in sight and stay in visual contact so they can see you if you fall
  • Stay close enough to either pull or dig each other out

Lids on Kids

Helmets make Mt.Timothy safer and more fun. Lids on Kids is a fun program that encourages the use of helmets on the mountain. Visit to discover how to find the best helmet for your child.



It Won’t Happen to Me

No one wakes up in the morning expecting to have a serious accident on the slopes.  Please watch this video and consider their stories.