Safety at Brighton

Guest and team safety are our top priorities at Brighton. With some of the finest tree skiing in the west,  world-class terrain parks, and an average snowfall of 500 inches per season, various safety risks do exist.

Our ski patrol is among the finest in the country and is here to assist with any on-mountain emergencies. Before arriving at the resort, we hightly recommend you download our app, which allows you to contact ski patrol in an emergency while transmitting your on-mountain location.

  • Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country 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 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.
    • Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
    • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
    • You must prevent runaway equipment.
    • Observe all posted signs, warnings and hazard markings.
    • Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
    • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
    • Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
    • If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee. 

    Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at one area is not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another area. The system is a relative system that is only valid 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.

    The Code has undergone several revisions to stay in step with modern language and skiing behavior (and to include snowboarders, bikers and everyone who enjoys the slopes!). The 2022 version of Your Responsibility Code has grown from seven points to 10. Two new points were added: one, to emphasize the importance of not skiing or riding under the influence of alcohol/drugs; another to let skiers and riders know what to do when you get into a collision or other on-mountain incident. This is only a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association.

    Lift Safety
    Be advised that you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate or to use such lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to load, ride and unload the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Remove backpacks before boarding lifts. Check for loose straps and clothing.

    For your children's safety, skiing/riding with children in backpacks is also prohibited.

    Snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.

    Slow Zones
    Certain areas are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe posted slow zone signage by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Fast and aggressive skiing and riding may result in loss of lift ticket.

    Helmet Use
    Helmets are a smart idea. Brighton encourages you to educate yourself on the benefits and limitations of helmets. If you choose to wear one, please ski or ride as if you are not wearing one. Every winter sport participant shares the responsibility for his or her safety and of others using the ski facilities.

    Backcountry Riding
    Backcountry Exit Gates - use extreme caution! You are leaving the ski area and subjecting yourself entirely to all the dangers and responsibilities the backcountry presents. The ski area assumes no responsibility for skiers or riders going beyond the ski area boundary. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Avalanches, unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards exist. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, will be costly and may take time. Please remember that there is no avalanche mitigation outside resort boundaries. Sidecountry is backcountry.

    Freestyle Terrain
    Helmets are recommended. Freestyle terrain may include jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. PRIOR to using freestyle terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with freestyle terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Freestyle Terrain has designations for size. Start small and work your way up. Designations are relative to this ski area.

    Look Before You Leap
    You are responsible for inspecting freestyle terrain before initial use and throughout the day. The features vary in size and change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Do not jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary.

    Easy Style It
    Always ride or ski in control and within your ability level. Do not attempt freestyle terrain unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. You control the degree of difficulty you will encounter in using freestyle terrain, both on the ground and in the air.

    Respect Gets Respect
    Respect freestyle terrain and others. Only one person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your start. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and do not enter freestyle terrain or use features when closed.

    Use of freestyle terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Inverted aerials are not recommended. You assume the risk.

    Brighton is seriously concerned about the safety of its skiers/riders. The Ski Patrol will issue warnings or remove privileges without refund for those who are acting recklessly or are out of control.

    Only authorized recreational activities are allowed on Brighton Resort premises. All other activities, including sledding and tubing are strictly prohibited. For your children's safety, skiing/riding with children in backpacks is also prohibited.

  • A tree well/ snow immersion suffocation accident can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls - usually headfirst - into a tree well or deep loose snow and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow and suffocates. Educate yourself on this risk at Deep Snow Safety.

  • Uphill travel (touring) is accessible in specific areas only. View our uphill travel policy for more information.

    Ski patrol communicates uphill status on our conditions page and via a red/yellow/green light system visible at the Brighton Center. 

    Red: Uphill travel is CLOSED. 

    Yellow: Exercise caution. This may be pre-season or post-season when avalanche mitigation is not in place. 

    Green: Uphill travel is permitted. Please read our uphill travel policy for more details. 

  • NSAA, 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. This campaign has both a print and a video component. You can see each below. Both are available for download using the links below each element.

    Collisions >

  • For your children's safety, skiing/riding with children in backpacks is prohibited.

    Kids on Lifts >

  • Find out how to choose the right helmet and fit for your child.

    Lids on Kids >

  • The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards would like to welcome you to the "Park Smart" Terrain Park Safety initiative. Park Smart is the evolution of the original Smart Style program. A cooperative effort with the help of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) that emphasizes the proper use of terrain parks while delivering a unified message.

    Smart Style/Park Smart >

  • In an effort to improve the terrain park experience for our guests Boyne Resorts offers this terrain park etiquette and education program, better known as PEEPs. PEEPs gives you the opportunity to check out and read up on the latest information available regarding terrain park safety. We are proud to offer this one of a kind educational terrain park program.

    PEEPs >

  • We are taking every step to ensure your experience with us is safe and enjoyable and we are sincerely grateful for your help in this effort. We are still staying up to date on the latest Covid-19 prevention protocols and will update operations as needed.