Mountain Safety

Don't be that guy... play by the rules

While at Crotched Mountain we want everyone to have fun from the most experienced skier to those just learning.  As they say in Smart Style - Respect Gets Respect.  We like to live by this creed across our resort. So please abide by some simple rules and have fun!  


NH law states that each participant in the sport of skiing and snowboarding "accepts as a matter of law, the dangers inherent in the sport, and to that extent may not maintain an action against the operator for any injuries which result from such inherent risks, dangers or hazards," et al. Please refer to NH Statutes Section 225-A:24. Common sense, awareness, respect for others, respect for the natural environment, and respect for the ski area operation go a long way toward reducing your risk while out on the hill. Please practice Your Responsibility Code, and promptly report any irresponsible behavior you see to Crotched personnel.

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.
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.

Note: This is a partial list. The Code is endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association For more information visit NSAA Responsibility Code[]


Crotched Mountain has seen an increase in skinning popularity. Uphill access to the mountain by hiking, skinning, snowshoeing or any other manual ascent is only permitted after a lift ticket has been purchased for the day or with a valid season pass. Users of facilities do so under NH statutes S225-A:24 and RSA 637:8. 

1) Uphill traffic is prohibited from dusk till dawn.
2) Participants shall travel to the side of the trail and be visible at all times to downhill traffic.
3) Yield and steer clear of downhill users and ski area machinery, until moving entities are clear
4) For everyone's safety, dogs are not allowed on the ski trails.
5) Please use proper wilderness etiquette. Remove all waste and leave only tracks.


Snowskates are allowed at Crotched Mtn on the hill and to ride lifts, as long as the following rules are expressly followed, as outlined below. All snow skaters are welcome if they follow the guidelines and have purchased a lift ticket for the day or have a valid season pass for the 16/17 season.   

1) Have a full metal edge (Burton, Lib Tech, Id, Hovland, Ralston are manufacturers with a full metal edge)
2) Have a leash attached to themselves and the board
3) Can, as safely and reasonably possible, slide on and off the lift, as to not be a foot passenger as defined by ANSI B77



1) Trees and backcountry areas beyond Ski Area Boundary are not maintained or patrolled.
2) Trees may contain hazards that will not be marked.
3) Trees are recommended for EXPERTS ONLY.
4) When you pass beyond the Ski Area Boundary, you leave the area of Ski Patrol Services.
    You are responsible for your own actions, your own rescue and the cost of your rescue.


Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride ("Resort") prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or aerial drones, by the general public, including recreational users and hobbyists.  This prohibition includes drones for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating over all Resort properties.   This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries.  Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and/or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by our Resort.  Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries, or regulatory fines and legal fees.


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:

1) Inside ski lodge and Alpine training center
2) Lift Lines
3) Chair Lifts
4) Within 25 ft surrounding any building
5) All decks


Everybody at Crotched Mountain loves dogs, we know that pets are family, and we especially want you to enjoy your time with us, so please observe the following rules so everybody can enjoy their time:

1) Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times.
2) Practice canine courtesy by cleaning up and removing dog waste. 
3) Pets are not allowed on the slopes during operating hours.
4) Service animals are welcomed at any time; they must be under control and on a leash/harness.
5) Crotched Mountain reserves the right to ask that a pet is removed for any reason.