West Mountain wants you and your family to be safe AND have fun.

There are many safety programs that have been created to educate and keep skiers/riders safe on the slopes.  We have done some of the “leg” work for you and have listed links below. There are some great interactive sites with activities for children, to help educate them on mountain safety.

For the best West experience, KNOW THE CODE below and share it with your friends and family.

Notice: Ride with Caution!

West Mountain encompasses hundreds of acres of both gentle and steep terrain. Skiing and riding are exciting, challenging participant sports that often present dangers and inherent risks, including but not limited to trees, uneven terrain, changing conditions, bare and/or icy spots, natural and man made objects, snow making equipment that may or may not be operating, and other skiers, snow boarders or people using the slopes. Some slopes and gladed areas are not groomed or equipped with snow making. While skiing, USE CAUTION and abide by the Responsibility Code and NYS Article 18, posted around the West Mountain property. If you cannot accept these inherent risks of skiing and riding, we ask that you not ski or ride at West Mountain. Remember, safe skiing and riding is everyone’s responsibility, IT’S THE LAW!
Skiers, riders and ski lift passengers are governed by the New York State SAFETY IN SKIING CODE, Article 18 of the New York General Obligations Law. Before affixing and using your pass or allowing any pass to be affixed to your person, your attention is directed to the following: Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers.
Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.


Always Know the Code:


  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

  • This is a partial list. Be safety conscious!






The use of a helmet can provide added protection for adults and children when skiing or riding and potentially reduce injuries from falls or other impacts.

Get educated on helmet safety by going to www.lidsonkids.org and spread the word.  


Helmet FAQs 



kidsonlifts_1_200x275KIDS ON LIFTS

It is your responsibility to know how to ride the lifts safely.

Tips for Responsible Lift Use:

  • Need assistance?   Ask the lift attendant for help. Smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.
  • Remove & carry packs. Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.
  •  It is OK to miss a chair and wait for the next one.
  •  When loading, watch for approaching chair and then sit to the back once seated!
  •  Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped can be picked up later.
  •  Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts!!

Check out  www.kidsonlifts.org to get information for both parents and children.


Lift Safety FAQs




Before you enter the West Mountain Terrain Park  you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with  SMART STYLE  and expected to obey all instructions, warnings and signs.

Taking these simple steps will keep the park safe for you and your friends.


  • Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.


  • Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.


  • Start small and work your way up.


  • From the lift line through the park.

Get more information on Smart Style HERE.