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Safety at Gunstock

Your safety is of primary importance. We also expect you to do your part to keep yourself and others safe by skiing and riding in control, being aware of your surroundings, and being safety conscious. 

As a guest at our resort, we ask that you abide by the nationally endorsed Responsibility Code and always act Park Smart.

Responsibility Code

Know the Code: Your Responsibility CodeCommon Sense, it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes, and Gunstock is committed to, education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code

  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.
Lift Loading/Riding on Snowboards

For the safety of all surface and aerial lift passengers and Gunstock Mountain Resort employees, Gunstock requires all snowboard passengers traveling through queue areas, within loading and unloading areas and while in transit, to keep one foot free from the snowboard binding.  
If a snowboarder is using ski poles and can keep their snowboard parallel with adjacent lift passengers and/or in the required direction of travel in the queue and load/unload areas, the snowboarder will be allowed to keep both feet strapped in.


Park Smart

Park SmartPark Smart is a set of basic rules for using the Parks and 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) and National Ski Patrol (NSP) that emphasizes the proper use of terrain parks while delivering a unified message.

START SMALL - Work your way up. Build your skills.

MAKE A PLAN - Every feature. Every time.

ALWAYS LOOK - Before you drop.

RESPECT - The features and other users.

TAKE IT EASY - Know your limits. Land on your feet.

Uphill Travel

Earn your turns with an Uphill Travel Pass! Be cautious as there may be unmarked hazards.

Gunstock Mountain Resort allows skinning, snowshoeing and other forms of non-motorized uphill access. For everyone’s safety on the mountain, we require that anyone participating in these activities during Ski Season adhere to the following guidelines and rules: Uphill Policy

During winter operations at Gunstock Mountain Resort, an Uphill Pass must be purchased to access the three designated Uphill Routes, which will be open when their connecting summit trails are open. Please use caution as there is no Ski Patrol on site, and conditions may vary.

Alpine Route 1: Start Point: The Fireplace Musket  Lower Gunsmoke  Middle Gunsmoke  Upper Gunsmoke  The Summit

Alpine Route 2: Start Point: Gunstock Ski Club Building Stonebar  Flintlock  The Summit

Nordic Route 3: Start Point: Base of Mountain Coaster  Try Me The Ridge (Hiking Trail/Single Track)  The Summit

Check our Conditions Report to see which Uphill Routes are open.

Other Helpful Information

Kids on Lifts

  • In 2012, the website and the initiative as a whole debuted around the country to resorts and consumers.
    • This site contains FAQs and safety tips on how to load, ride and unload responsibility, general skiing and riding tips, coloring pages for kids, public service announcements and more.
  • The tagline "No Horsing Around" is a motto we hope to ingrain in not only children but every skier and boarder.

Lids on Kids

  • We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet, but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet.
  • In 2002, debuted as a resource for consumers to learn about helmet use in skiing and snowboarding.
    • This site contains FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, related articles and games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members.

Collision Safety

  • Complementing the Responsibility Code and its 7 tenets, Collision Safety and the #RideAnotherDay campaign promote 3 actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around safer on the slopes.
  1. Be Ready
  2. Stay Alert
  3. Plan Ahead

Trail Signage

We're glad you're here, geared up and ready to hit the slopes with your RFID card. Before jumping on the lifts, be sure to grab trail map and take a few minutes to study it. The lifts and the trails are marked on the map. The colored symbols next to the trails are the keys to enjoying your first few days on the slopes. Their shape and color indicate the difficulty of the trail.

Slope Difficulties

Green Circle Easier

Blue Square More Difficult

Black Diamond Most Difficult

Double Black Diamond Most Difficult Use Extra Caution

Orange Oval Freestyle Terrain


Our People, Ski Patrol

If you ever need help, find any Ski Patroller. They all wear bright red jackets, so they're easy to spot!

Kyle Griffin Gary Hubbard Peter Starr Scott Taylor

Gunstock Policies

If you have specific policy-related questions, please click HERE