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Slope Safety

At Sunday River, slope safety is a priority. We encourage our guests to learn about our safety programs and help educate their fellow skiers and riders. Below you'll find information on some of the slope safey initiatives we have in place at the resort.

Go With The Flow
Sunday River's Go With The Flow program promotes the use of sound, personal judgement regarding speed and control when skiing and riding. Because "fast" skiing and riding may mean different things to different people, Go With The Flow reminds skiers and riders to be courteous and follow the pace of those around them. In addition to Ski Patrol and Mountain Ambassador support, you will see green Go With The Flow banners on lift area signs and at key areas on the mountain outlining the program. Go With The Flow focuses on three key messages:

Be Aware - Pay attention to your surroundings.

Respect Slow Zones - Slow down at orange signs and all trail junctions.

Follow the Pace - Faster than those arround you is too fast. 

Freestyle Terrain
The Park Education & Etiquette Program, or PEEPs, is an educational program focuses on terrain park safety that was developed for Sunday River and our sister Boyne Resorts mountains. Program participants receive a special PEEPs pass and qualify for special savings and rewards. 

Sunday River promotes the Smart Style program and uses the Orange Oval to designate Freestyle Terrain, such as parks and pipes. 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.

Look Before You Leap - Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know landings are clear, and clear yourself out of the landing area.

Easy Style It - Start small and work your way up.

Respect Gets Respect - From the lift line through the park.

Your Responsibility Code
Skiing and riding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country, and other specialized equipment, such as that used by adaptive skiers and riders. 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 and riding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers and riders the responsibility for a great on-hill 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.
  • 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. Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association.

Photography & Drone Policy

Personal photography is allowed across the resort and at all resort events.  For commercial photography, media access, and other special access to the mountain or events beyond areas accessible to the public please contact the Sunday River marketing department for prior approval.

Due to safety and privacy concerns, Sunday River prohibits the operation or use on or above Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, without the prior written authorization from Sunday River.  This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries.  This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Resort property, as well as any  launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. 

Please contact Sunday River marketing if you have any questions or if you seek authorization to operate any such devices. Any authorized operation of drones on or above Resort property will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations as well as policies separately established by Sunday River which may include certification, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.  Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your access privileges to the Resort, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any  prohibited equipment, and may subject violators to any liability for damages, including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and/or property, as well as legal fees.