Risks, Regulations & Policies

Inherent Risks of Skiing

Utah Law provides that as a “skier” you assume the risk and accept the responsibility for injuries resulting from the inherent risks of skiing, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Changing weather conditions
  • Snow or ice conditions
  • Surface or subsurface conditions such as bare spots, forest growth, rocks, stumps, stream beds, cliffs, trees, and other natural objects
  • Variations or steepness in terrain, whether natural or as a result of slope design
  • Impact with lift towers and other structures and their components
  • Collisions with other skiers, users or persons
  • A skier’s failure to ski within the skier’s own ability

Unmarked Obstacles

Skiing at Sundance takes place in a mountain environment.  Sundance aggressively maintains the natural experience of skiing in the mountains.  Be advised that all poles and/or flags, fencing, signage and padding on equipment or objects or other forms of marking devices are used by the ski area to inform you of the presence or location of a potential obstacle or hazard.  Sundance does not mark all conditions or hazards that could present risk of serious injury or death.   These markers are no guarantee of your safety and will not protect you from injury.  It is part of your responsibility under Your Responsibility Code to avoid all obstacles or hazards, including those that are so marked.

Trail Difficulty Designations

The various difficulty ratings (green circle, blue square, single or double black diamond, or orange oval) are relative to the Sundance area and cannot be compared to other ski areas.  Start with the easiest trails and work your way up no matter what your ability level.  During periods of low visibility or other inclement weather and snow conditions, the degree of difficulty of the ski runs may change.

Chair Jumping

Jumping from chairlifts creates an unsafe condition for all riders on that lift and below. Therefore, jumping from chairlifts is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  Violators will lose their pass and recreational opportunities for 6 months.

Jumps & Inverted moves

Sundance does not permit patrons to build jumps or kickers out on the slopes.  Terrain features, both natural and man-made, are not designed for inverted aerial moves.  Inverted moves are not recommended.  Perform them at your own risk.

Speed & Collision Safety

Certain areas are designated as SLOW ZONES.  Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic.  Space and speed are especially important in these areas.  Fast and aggressive skiing will not be tolerated and may result in termination of skiing/riding privileges.

Snowcats, Snowmobiles, & Snowmaking

CAUTION – snow cats, snowmobiles, and snowmaking activities and equipment may be encountered at any time.

Ski Area Boundary

Sundance has CLOSED boundary lines.  There is NO public exit to surrounding areas whether public or private land through our rope lines or sign lines.

  • Skiers going beyond rope lines or through CLOSED signs will lose any and all skiing privileges and will be prosecuted under Utah County Code 4-4, a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1000 and/or 6 months in jail.

Lift Loading & Unloading Instructions

Under the law, you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely negotiate and/or safely use such lift, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to safely use the lift. You may not use a lift or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Kids On Lifts

Parents and guardians are expected to know how to ride a chairlift (Your Responsibility Code) and to educate their children about loading, riding, and unloading chairlifts.

Helmet Usage

Helmets may mitigate or reduce the severity of some head injuries, but their use does not guarantee safety and will not prevent all injuries.

Back Pack Policy & Safety

Sundance requires all guests to remove their back packs before loading chairlifts. Backpack straps can become entangled and interfere with the unloading process. Our lift operators may remind guests to remove backpacks and are willing to slow or stop the lift in order for guests to do so. Guests may carry packs on their laps on the lifts.

Uphill Travel Policy

Sundance does not allow uphill hiking/skiing.

Aerial Drone Policy

Aerial Drone use by any guest or member of the public is not permitted on or over Sundance property.

High-Altitude Environment

Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with Sundance’s high altitude.  Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing and difficulty in breathing.  If symptoms persist or if you have a concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.

Sun Safe on the Slopes

To ensure you have a safe and fun day on the slopes, remember these tips to protect you from the sun and its radiation.

  • Put on a hat or helmet that covers your ears
  • Wear 100% UV protection goggles or sunglasses
  • Apply generous amounts of SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin every two hours
  • It’s not the heat of the sun that causes skin damage but radiation from the sun

Tree Well & Deep Snow Safety

Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of our sport. However, if you decide to leave the groomed trails you are voluntarily accepting the risk of a deep snow immersion accident.  A deep snow, or tree well immersion accident occurs when a skier or rider falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized and suffocates.

Become educated on how to reduce the risk of Snow Immersion Suffocation hazards through your own action and awareness. ALWAYS ski or ride with a partner within viewing distance. The website deepsnowsafety.org is an excellent resource designed to assist all skiers and riders in educating themselves about the risks and prevention of deep snow and tree well immersion accidents.