Originally Posted by kengore
Bad advice Possum. Snowmaking and grooming crews do their stuff overnight. The lifts may not open until 9:00 but crews are working on the mountain 24/7. There are serious safety issues involved here. Snowcats have really bad visibility and the driver CANNOT see or hear you. Climbing up before hours is a good way to get run over. Snowmaking is also very dangerous, high pressure water and air hoses everwhere. Sound over 120 decibles, loud enough to cause permanant hearing loss if you don't wear ear protection. Open manholes and trenches. Several people died at other ski areas last year in snowmaking accidents. Patrol and lift op's are really busy in the mornings before opening, trying to get stuff ready by 9:00.
Also, after the tragic shooting death two years ago; unauthorized persons that appear on the grounds before opening are going to get extra scrutany. You will certainly get to meet the Sheriff.
Well that doesn't surprise me after the way I have seen that resort treat some of it's guests.
But here is some common sense policies published by Breck:
Source, Summit Daily News.
BRECKENRIDGE - The Breckenridge Ski Resort and the United States Forest Service remind people who are skinning or hiking up the mountain before the lifts open to remember that the rules still apply.
Under Colorado law, people using any of the facilities of a ski area are considered skiers and have duties under the law, including controlling their speed and course at all times and maintaining a proper outlook. Using a ski area for any purpose can be hazardous and skiers assume all risks.
Fall Mountain Preparation
The ski area begins operations during the fall to prepare the slopes and trails for opening. Activities may include trail work, snowmaking, snowmobile and snowcat operations. Areas in which activities are taking place may be closed from the bottom of Breckenridge Ski Resort trails. In these cases, "closed" signs will be placed at the bottom of the closed area to inform those hiking uphill of the closure. When such closures exist, only authorized personnel are permitted in the area.
Snowshoeing, skinning or hiking uphill
People traveling uphill must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time. When traveling uphill during hours of operation skiers should:
- Stay toward the side of the trail;
- Position themselves so they are visible from above;
- Wear bright colored clothing;
- Not ski over snowmaking hoses or power cords as ski edges will cut them; and
- Remember no dogs are allowed on slopes when the lifts are open to the public and until patrol sweep is down.
When traveling uphill before or after the hours of operation:
- Stay toward middle of the trail;
- Make themselves visible to approaching snowmobiles or snowcats (especially when it's dark or twilight);
- Wear reflective clothing to increase visibility;
- Wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight when it's dark or twilight;
- Never travel near or between snowcats as winching operations may be in progress.
- Have dogs on a leash or under voice command at all times;
- Clean up after dogs;
- Make sure dogs are off the slopes by 8:30 a.m.;
- Not travel on black diamond trails; and
- Stay off all posted closed trails.
Travel above the Vista Haus
- Hiking access above the Vista Haus is limited to Upper 4 O'Clock and up the cat road to the T-Bar Patrol hut. Do not travel above the T-Bar Hut.
- Skiers must proceed down to the Vista Haus by the same route.
- All bowls and avalanche terrain are closed once it is swept until it is reopened by ski patrol.
- Skiers must be below the Vista Haus by 8:15 a.m.
- Hiking up T-Bar Lift line is not permitted any time during the winter. (No access above Columbine).
- Any violations of these rules may result in suspension of lift privileges or prosecution as a criminal offense.
Private snowmobiles are prohibited on any Breckenridge Ski Resort trails during or after hours of operation. The use of sliding devices, including sleds, tower pads, plastic sheets or plastic disks and the like are strictly prohibited.
These policies are necessary to ensure uphill traffic does not interfere with Breckenridge's avalanche program or the safety of the mountain's daily operations.
Contact ski patrol with any questions at (970) 496-7393.