for your safety

Guides, Rules & Responsibility

Practice & Procedures

For comprehensive information on ski and snowboard safety, we encourage our guests to review the National Ski Areas Association guide for safety.

Color Code

Before you head out on the hill, make sure you know which level is right for you. And be honest with yourself. Sunburst has terrain groomed for all skill levels, so look for your color-coded signs and have an awesome time!

Green Circle

Beginners welcome. These easy runs offer smooth slopes of a gentle to moderate slope gradient.

Blue Square

If you’re confident picking up the pace and have your turning and stopping down, these intermediate hills are for you.

Orange Oval

Perfect for freestyle skiing or snowboarding. Enjoy professionally carved jumps and moguls at our terrain parks.

Black Diamond

Fast skiers and snowboarders with excellent control like to challenge themselves on these difficult runs.

Skiers and snowboarders should be advised that the green circle, blue square, and black diamond are ratings relative for Sunburst only and not the same as other areas.

Lift Tips

Using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner is one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and snowboarders. It’s your responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely.

  • Need assistance? Ask the lift attendant for help.
  • Remove & carry packs. Children in packs are not allowed on chairlifts at Sunburst.
  • Do not use phones, music, or games while loading or unloading.
  • It is okay to miss a chair and wait for the next one.
  • When loading, watch for the approaching chair and then sit to the back once seated.
  • Drop something? Let it fall. Any item dropped can be picked up later.
  • Absolutely no horseplay on the lifts.

Terrain Park

Sunburst has the most diverse terrain of any ski and snowboarding hill around. Our Orange Oval hills help you build up your skillset so you can be confident in your abilities no matter where you ski or board. Here are some best practices for making the most out of our adventurous terrain:

Make a Plan

Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach, and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.

Look Before You Leap

Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear, and clear yourself out of the landing area in a timely manner.

Keep it Simple

Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials are not recommended.)

Respect Your Fellow Riders

Yield to the person in front of you, stay out of the way, and just be cool. This goes for the lift line, too.

Tubing Safety

  1. Tubers must remain standing while riding up the conveyer lift.
  2. No walking up the hill.
  3. Only one rider per tube.
  4. Make sure your lane is empty before proceeding downhill. This is your responsibility.
  5. Tubing chains must only hold leashes. Do not tie tubes together.
  6. Always walk to the end of the lane before exiting.
  7. Immediately clear bottom of the lanes toward conveyors.
  8. When clearing at the bottom of the lanes, look uphill.
  9. It is YOUR responsibility to avoid collisions.
  10. No ski boots allowed.
  11. Non-Sunburst owned tubes/sleds are NOT permitted.
  12. All riders are recommended to be 42” tall.

Responsibility Code

  1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.

  2. People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.

  3. Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.

  4. Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.

  5. You must prevent runaway equipment.

  6. Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.

  7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

  8. You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.

  9. Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.

  10. If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.

Protect yourself, protect others. With common sense and the seven points of our responsibility code, you can have a safer day on the slopes.

No Drone Zone

Drones are not allowed at Sunburst. Due to potential safety hazards and infringement on individuals’ right to privacy, they are not permitted. Read our official policy below:

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Sunburst Ski Area prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public–including recreational users and hobbyists–without the prior written authorization from the Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Sunburst Ski Area boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact a resort representative at 262-626-8404, if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, [and/or U.S. Forest Service rules], as well as those policies separately established by this Resort, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your ski/snowboard season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

Helmet & Equipment Safety

Gear Up With Sunburst

Safety starts with the right gear. Sunburst encourages all skiers and boarders to wear helmets when hitting the slopes. Gearing up helps you stay protected from concussions, head injuries, and small bruises or scratches that can be caused from varied terrain. Make sure you’re wearing everything you need to be safe on the hill!

Passes, Lessons, & Events

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