Mountain Safety

In-Season Uphill Policy

Loup Loup Ski Bowl recognizes the enthusiasm of the public to be outdoors enjoying the mountains while participating in different activities. The ski area has experienced a rapid increase in winter snowshoeing, snowboard hiking and the use of alpine touring equipment as a means of uphill travel to access terrain in and outside the resort’s Permit area. This type of recreational use raises safety concerns during operating hours and during off-hours maintenance operations.

Maintenance operations routinely occur on the mountain during all non-operating hours. Machinery can be found working anywhere on the mountain at any time. This policy mitigates safety concerns of recreational use during maintenance operations, while allowing recreational access to public lands.

As the Permit holder for the Loup Loup Ski Bowl area, the Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation (LLSEF) has a responsibility to maintain and secure the area for the intended permitted use.

To that end, the LLSEF has determined that there will be no uphill or downhill traffic on or between the designated active runs of the Loup Loup Ski Bowl on non-operational days prior to or during the ski season, and that uphill traffic is allowed during operational days only on designated uphill routes as determined by the Loup Loup Ski Patrol and LLSEF Management. On normal operational days, all uphill traffic MUST sign in at the Administration office each day, and begin their downhill descent by 3:45pm.

Uphill route(s) are displayed on our website (www.skitheloup.com/mountain-safety), at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl ticket office ski area map and on our ski area trail map brochure. Uphill route trailhead signage will also be provided at the entrance gate of the ski area.

Loup Loup Ski Bowl accepts no liability or responsibility for accidents that occur as a result of uphill travel. RCW 4.24.210

Responsibility Code

You will have more fun if you are safe. Be safety-conscious at all times, and follow these guidelines:

  1. Always stay in control. You should be able to stop and avoid other people and objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. Never stop on or obstruct a trail.
  4. You should always be visible from above.
  5. Whenever starting downhill and merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  6. Always use safety devices to prevent runaway equipment.
  7. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  8. You must have the knowledge and ability to safely load, ride, and unload prior to using any lift.
  9. Move out and away from the lift unloading area prior to gathering or strapping into your snowboard binding.
  10. All on-mountain ski/snowboard equipment must meet the following standards: metal edge, p-tex base, ski brakes, and retention strap or leash.
  11. Abusive language, rude or criminal conduct, obscene clothing or appearance, and activities that endanger yourself and others won’t be tolerated.

Officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association. Failure to comply with this responsibility code may result in the loss of skiing/snowboarding and service privileges.

Look Before You Leap

  • Observe all signage and warnings before getting into freestyle terrain.
  • Familiarize yourself with each of the jumps before going over them.
  • Start slow. Use your first run as a warm-up to familiarize yourself with the terrain.
  • Be aware that features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming, and time of day.
  • Do not jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary.

Easy Style It

  • Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level.
  • Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up.
  • Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air.
  • Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely.
  • Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.

Respect Gets Respect

  • Respect the terrain and others. (Freestyle terrain is for everyone regardless of equipment or ability.)
  • 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 stay off closed terrain and features.

Kids and Safety on The Mountain

The best way to keep skiing and riding safe for children is to make sure they understand safety guidelines. Make learning fun, and demonstrate the importance of safe riding. These safety tips will get the conversation started.

  • Help your child memorize the “Responsibility Code.”
  • Dress your child in layers so they can be comfortable in a variety of conditions, and prepare them for rapidly changing weather. Apply sun protection, and make sure your child always wears goggles or sunglasses.
  • Keep the name and phone number of your accommodations, along with your cell phone number, in a secure pocket of your child’s coat or ski pants.
  • Enroll your child in lessons to make sure they get started properly. Our instructors know how to teach kids proper techniques so they can progress faster and enjoy their time with you at Loup Loup.

Lids on Kids

Helmets make Loup Loup safer and more fun. Lids on Kids is a fun program that encourages the use of helmets on the mountain. Visit www.lidsonkids.org to discover how to find the best helmet for your child.