Safety

Cascade Mountain Safety and Mountain Policies

 

WARNING to Skiers/Riders:

Under Wisconsin law (Wisconsin Skier Safety Act, 2012), each person engaged in skiing/riding has a duty to do all of the following:

  • Obey all posted warnings and signs.
  • Keep off of closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Know the range of his or her ability and engage in skiing or sledding within that ability.
  • Assess the difficulty of the trails and terrains that are open to skiing or sledding.
  • Maintain control of his or her speed and direction.
  • Be able to stop or avoid other individuals or objects.
  • Yield to other individuals engaged in skiing or sledding who are ahead or who are down the slope.
  • Not stop at a point that will result in the individual obstructing a trail or not being visible from above.
  • Yield to other individuals engaged in skiing or sledding who are uphill when starting downhill or when merging onto a trail.
  • Be able to safely board, ride, and deboard any lift serving an area open to skiing or sledding.
  • Board and deboard a lift only at designated sites.
  • If involved in a collision with another participant in a snow sport that results in injury or death, not leave the vicinity of the collision before giving his or her name and current address to an employee of the ski area operator or a member of the ski patrol, except for the purpose of securing aid for a person injured in the collision. A person who leaves the scene of the collision for the purpose of securing aid shall give his or her name and current address after securing the aid.

 

WARNING to Snow Tubers:

Under Wisconsin law (Wisconsin Skier Safety Act, 2012), each individual engaged in tubing has a duty to do all of the following:

  • Obey all posted warnings and signs.
  • Keep out of closed areas.
  • Know the range of his or her ability and engage in tubing within that ability.
  • Assess the difficulty of the terrain that is open to tubing.
  • Maintain control of the speed and direction of the tube or other device that is being used.
  • Comply with any posted limits imposed on the number of passengers or on the amount of weight of the tube or other device while it is being ridden.
  • Be able to safely board, ride, and deboard any lift serving an area open to tubing.
  • Board and deboard a lift only at designated sites.
  • Yield to other individuals engaged in tubing who are ahead or who are down the slope.
  • Look uphill and yield to oncoming tubes before leaving the bottom of the hill at the end of a run.

 

Skiers Responsibility Code

Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers and riders the responsibility for a great on the snow 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, and unload safely.

Know the code. It's your responsibility. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious!

 

Helmets and Protective Gear

We highly recommend wearing a helmet, even for tubing. The use of helmets or wrist guards may reduce the risk of injury. Wrist injuries are not uncommon for snowboarders and wrist guards can help prevent injuries. Whether or not to wear a helmet or other safety devices is a personal choice. Make sure to check into all available options. Here are some sources of additional safety information:

 http://www.lidsonkids.org/

 https://www.nsp.org/slopesafety/helmetsafety.aspx

 

Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for our guests, employees and resort property, Cascade Mountain prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public without prior written authorization. This extends to any drones launched outside of resort boundaries. Please call 608-742-5588 if you have any questions or seek authorization to operate drones. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of drone equipment, and may be subject to damages as well as regulatory fines.

 

Electronic Devices

Cascade Mountain discourages the use of electronic devices that utilize headphones/earphones while skiing, riding and loading or unloading lifts.

 

Hazards

All fencing, poles, signage and other marking devices are in place to inform you of potential hazards or obstacles. The markers will not protect you from injury, and it is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas.

 

 Your Equipment

Braking or retention mechanisms are required on skis; leashes are required on snowboards.

 

Cascade Mountain Reckless Skier Policy

     
Reckless skiing or conduct is any of the following:

  • Skiing at a high rate of speed without regard for personal safety or the safety of others
  • Skiing at a high rate of speed in beginner areas.
  • Skiing at a high rate of speed near lift lines or in constricted areas.
  • Causing a collision or near-miss.
  • Failure to yield to uphill skiers when entering a trail from the side.
  • Failure to exercise due caution when overtaking another skier.
  • Failure to assure that the back side of a terrain park feature is clear before use.
  • Skiing while ability is impaired by alcohol or any substance, licit or illicit.
  • Skiing on closed trails.
  • Skiing out of bounds.
  • Performing an invert (feet higher than head) is not recommended.
  • Building jumps.
  • Swinging or bouncing chairlift chairs.
  • Any horseplay on lifts.
  • Throwing objects from lifts.
  • Buckling a snowboard while riding a chairlift.
  • Blocking an off-ramp for any of the lifts.
  • Skiing out of the established track of a rope tow or bouncing the tow cable.
  • Unnecessarily blocking or impeding the normal flow of other skiers.
  • Tampering with, moving, destroying, defacing, or theft of any Cascade apparatus.
  • Failure to adhere to posted signage.
  • Any criminal activity, including theft of services by not having a valid lift passes.

 

     The Cascade Mountain Ski Patrol and Cascade staff have authority to confiscate the lift pass of any reckless skier. A confiscation decision rests on the sole judgment of such authorized person. Options include, but are not limited to, suspension or revocation of Cascade privileges for any period of time, from minutes to days to entire seasons. Disposition is at the absolute and sole discretion of Cascade management, and is not appealable in any court or under any legal theory. A reckless skier can be approached at any time, and at any location within Cascade's area of operation, which includes the parking lots. For criminal activity, Cascade Mountain reserves the right to prosecute. Depending upon the circumstances, Cascade Ski Patrol or Cascade staff may issue a verbal warning of reckless conduct instead of confiscating the lift pass.

 

Chairlift Safety

Terrain Park Safety