Mountain Safety


Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association established "Your Responsibility Code" in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. The points listed in the Your Responsibility Code are the rules of the road when you are on the mountain.

So, whether you ski with one board or two, or use other specialized equipment, always show courtesy to others so that your paths don't cross.

It is important to remember that there are elements of risk in mountain activities that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please note, violations of Your Responsibility Code, and the following additional rules, ordinances and/or guidelines may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability and/or loss of lift privileges without compensation or refund:

  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, & unload safely.

The Code is endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association

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Kids on Lifts

Ensure that even the youngest skier and riders are safe on the lifts. Questions? Contact the Crotched Patrol department.

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Winter Uphill Policy


Crotched Mountain is committed to safety and the guest experience. Due to snowmaking, grooming and associated vehicle traffic, guests are not to access the Crotched Mountain trail system for skinning, skiing, riding, hiking or snowshoeing before the resort is open for the winter operating season. Users of facilities do so under NH statutes S225-A:24 and RSA 637:8.

Guests engaging in uphill travel are responsible for knowing locations of closed trails, snowmaking, winch cat operation and other operations in progress by calling the resorts Snow Hotline (updated daily) and reviewing the trail report. If you do choose to use resort terrain during non-operational hours, you do so at your own risk. Please use the information below to help minimize the risk to you and our staff.

• Uphill travel is only permitted during non-operating hours (daily from 30 minutes after the lifts close to 8:45am).
• Uphill travel is only permitted on beginner and intermediate terrain.
• Uphill travel guests are not permitted to load any lift without a valid pass including reservation or valid lift ticket.
• Wear bright and reflective clothing and use a bright light at night.
• Avoid trails that have been recently groomed or have grooming in progress.
• Avoid trails with active snowmaking and never ski or ride over snowmaking hoses, as it puts our system and you at risk.
• Entering closed terrain is prohibited; it is the user’s responsibility to know what is open or closed. Terrain parks are closed outside of normal operating hours.
• Pets are not permitted to travel with uphill users on the mountain.
• Please Keep in mind that our ski patrol completes an end of the day sweep of the mountain after the lifts close for the day. Any emergency response following this sweep, will be significantly delayed and will be handled by outside agencies.

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Snowskates Policy

Snowskates are welcomed and allowed at Crotched Mountain on the hill as long as the rules are expressly followed as outlined below.

  1. Your valid lift ticket or season pass must be worn and visible at all times.
  2. Snowskates are only allowed on the Crotched Rocket lift & the Magic Carpet
  3. Have a full metal edge (Burton, Lib Tech, Id, Hovland, Ralston are manufacturers with a full metal edge)
  4. Have a leash attached to themselves and the board
  5. Can, as safely and reasonably possible, slide on and off the lift

Smoking Policy

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 lodges
  2. Lift Lines
  3. Chair Lifts
  4. Within 25 ft surrounding any building
  5. All decks

Dog Policy

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.