Mountain Policies

Your safety on the mountain is our highest priority at Sipapu. Because there are some risks inherent to snowsports, we encourage you to educate yourself about the risks and to adhere to responsible skier/rider conduct. Sipapu Patrol and Mountain Management enforce skier safety on Sipapu every day this season.

They can also answer any questions about mountain safety policies.

Sipapu safety program includes safety education, awareness, and enforcement. The program is built on “Your Responsibility Code.”



Know The Code—Your Responsibility Code

The National Ski Areas Association established “Your Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. The code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding is each guest’s responsibility.

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.  It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, 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 know how to load, ride, and unload safely.

New Mexico Skier Safety Act

Recognizing risks that are inherent in the sport, The New Mexico legislature passed the New Mexico Skier Safety Act, which describes inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the skier and the ski area.


Under New Mexico law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.

The Ski Safety Act includes cliffs, extreme terrain, jumps and freestyle terrain as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.

View the entire New Mexico Ski Safety Act

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