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Whitewater Ski Resort works hard to keep a safe skiing and riding environment for all of its guests. All guests must be aware of the Alpine Responsibilty Code as these are the rules of the mountain.
For those of our guests that choose to go touring, please ensure you are aware of both our In Bounds Touring Policy and your Backcountry Responsibilities. If you want to practice your skills searching, Whitewater offers a complimentary Beacon Training Park.
For those guests that enjoy our Rail Park, make sure to know the policies and rules of use. For more information click here.
Thinking of visiting us but bringing an alternative sliding device then your skis or snowboard? Make sure to check out our Alternative Sliding Device Policy.
To read about our 'Disabled Skier Policy', click here.
When visiting Whitewater Ski Resort you will see a variety of signs around the mountain, please ensure to read and look at them so you are familiar. They are for your safety!! Click here to see a list.
Whitewater also has a strict Open Container Policy. Click here for more information.
IN BOUNDS TOURING POLICY
Whitewater Ski Resort is closed. Hiking and touring in the off season is not recommended as a variety of natural and man made hazards exist such as; avalanches, heavy duty equipment, lift maintenance, etc. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The ski resort is now closed. "Recreational vehicles are not permitted (No snowmobiles, ATVs or dirt bikes). Sledding, tobogganing and tubing are also NOT PERMITTED within the ski area boundary. Hiking and touring in the off season is Not Recommended as a variety of natural and man made hazards exist such as avalanches, heavy duty equipment, lift maintenance, etc. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. With Whitewater as the tenure holder we hold the right to restrict access to the operational area for reasons of safety to our staff, guests and public.
DURING OPERATING SEASON
Once Whitewater Ski Resort is open for the season, there will be no hiking or ski touring allowed within the Whitewater Ski Area boundary before, during or after operating hours through until April 6, 2014. This is due to avalanche and other operational hazards. Information on recommended routes outside the ski area boundary are posted on the wall in the main foyer of the Day Lodge in the avalanche information cabinet.
Single ride lift tickets are available during operating hours to access the Whitewater backcountry. All other hiking/touring must be done outside our ski area boundary. Skiing/snowboarding privileges will be suspended if this policy is not respected. For more information visit our Backcountry Access at WH2O page.
The supernatural backcountry surrounding Whitewater Ski Resort is a place for adventure, peace and above all - RESPECT. Before venturing out of bounds Whitewater management strongly recommends all skiers and snowboarders be equipped with a transceiver, probe and shovel, and be educated in backcountry knowledge and up-to-date avalanche conditions. Check in with our Snow Safety Patrol before you leave. Be aware that man-made and natural hazards exist; these include tree-wells, stumps, cliff bands, rocks, trails and roadways. These rules are absolute: CLOSED MEANS CLOSED. Out of bounds are not patrolled. If you require an out-of-bounds rescue, you pay the entire bill.
BEACON TRAINING PARK
The training grounds enable backcountry enthusiasts, from beginners to advance, an opportunity to practice simple one beacon searches or a multiple search with up to 8 transceivers for the professional users. The beacon park is located between the two parking lots in the meadow area. If you are interested in practicing your beacon/transceiver seraching, sign in at the guest services desk. This service is offered free of charge; however we encourage users to make a donation towards the AABBS (Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundary Society).
ALTERNATIVE SLIDING DEVICES
Whitewater Ski Resort requests that all alternative sliding devices like snow bikes and snow skates require prior approval/inspection from Whitewater staff prior to lift ticket purchase or terrain access via our lift system. All riders must be able to demonstrate knowledge of previous riding competency and/or certification for safe use of lifts and responsible riding etiquette with regards to the Alpine Responsibility Code. Safety leashes and foot straps or skis with metal edges are required. No foot passengers are allowed on Whitewater's lift system without prior approval. Sledding, Sliding, Toboganning and Tubing are not permitted withing the Ski Resort Boundary. For further inquiries please contact Whitewater Ski Resort at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-354-4944.
This sign means that you are leaving the ski area boundary and there is no avalanche control or first aid.
CLOSED - AVALANCHE AREA
This sign on the left indicates the area is temporarily closed while avalanche control is underway or while avalanche hazards exist. Disobeying this sign will result in suspension of skiing/riding privileges. The sign on the right means you are entering an open avalanche area inside the ski area boundary. Proceed with caution
Pay careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in regard to danger; Be prepared for the unexpected, or a warning about a change in terrain, or trail intersection.
GLORY RIDGE CHAIR OPEN / CLOSED SIGN
If this sign reads OPEN then access is allowed anywhere along the ropeline. If this sign reads CLOSED then access along ropeline is not permitted, patrol sweep has commenced or the area is closed until safe to open by ski patrol. Passes/tickets will be revoked for breach.
WINCH CAT WORKING
When you see this sign, DO NOT ENTER, as there now is a winch cat operating in the area...be VERY CAREFUL!!!
CLOSED FOR PATROL SWEEP
Area is now closed for patol sweep, no avalanche control or first aid is available when closed.
HELMETS are recommended for SKIING & RIDING at Whitewater !!!
CAUTION : SNOWMOBILE ROUTE
When you see these signs, this is a designated snowmobile route, so be aware.
........................................................................."We stayed in Nelson and
skied the legendary powder at Whitewater -
Unbelieveable" GLEN SMITH, Spokane WA