Slope Safety & Policies

Mount Sunapee strives to create a fun and safe environment so our guests can enjoy outdoor mountain recreation. The National Ski Area Association has developed several programs to promote safety on and around the trails and slopes. Please take a few moments to become familiar with the Skier's Responsibility Code. Also, if you enjoy spending time in our terrain parks please review the Smart Style and A-T-M-L Methods.  We also would like to call your attention to our Unmanned Drone Policy and Dog Policy. By understanding and following these rules everyone can enjoy a safe and fun-filled day on the slopes.

Sledding, tubing, and other similar snow sliding devices are not permitted at any time. No snowmobiles.

How to Report an Accident or Emergency

Mount Sunapee staffs some of the best medical professionals in the area. We take great pride in making our mountain safe and, with your help, we can continue to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time. If you happen to come across an accident here at Mount Sunapee please do one of the following:

Call 603-763-3500 and notify our phone operators of the incident. We will relay your message to the appropriate department and respond quickly. Or, you can also notify any one of our lift attendants or other employees of the situation and we will assist those in need.

Unmanned Drones Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Mount Sunapee Resort prohibits the operation of unmanned aerial systems, or aerial drones, by the general public, including recreational users and hobbyists. This prohibition includes drones for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above Mount Sunapee Resort property.

Any authorized operation of aerial drones will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, as well as policies established by Mount Sunapee Resort, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements and written permission from Mount Sunapee management. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing privileges, the revocation of your season pass, and being asked to leave the premises.

Dog Policy at Mount Sunapee Resort

We love dogs. Many of our staff own dogs. Mount Sunapee Resort is no place for dogs.

During the winter season dogs are not permitted at Mount Sunapee, even on a leash.

Unfortunately, we have had guests bitten by dogs. We have had dogs run out onto the slopes and collide with guests injuring the dog and sometimes the guest. Many small children are afraid of dogs and we are a family resort. In a perfect world, owners control and clean up after their dogs. It is not a perfect world, however, and dogs relieve themselves on the skis in the ski racks and on the snow, and it is not cleaned up by the owners.

We love dogs, but dogs and winter operations at Mount Sunapee Resort do not mix. Please leave your dogs and pets at home.

Other Important Information

When the resort is open to the public, uphill travelers must yield to all downhill traffic.

After dark, you must wear bright reflective clothing and have a headlamp.

We recommend that you bring a cell phone, but be aware that cell phone service is not always available or reliable on the mountain. We recommend using the buddy system and that you do not travel uphill alone. Travel in at least groups of two or three. Travel uphill in single file. Do not travel side by side.

Stay clear of all operating equipment on the mountain including but not limited to snow grooming vehicles, snowmobiles, lifts and snowmaking equipment. If you hear a vehicle approaching, stay on the extreme right-hand side of the trail. At night make yourself visible. Turn and face the direction of the vehicle with your headlamp.

Stay on open trails only and do not leave the ski area boundary. We recommend that you have a trail map with you.

Outside of the operating hours of the ski resort, there is no ski patrol personnel present. You are responsible for your own actions and safety. Be aware that you can be charged for the costs of any rescue prior to, or after, the operating hours of the resort.

No dogs or pets are permitted.

No overnight stays are permitted on the mountain.

Trash In – Trash Out. Do not leave any trash on the mountain. Thank you.

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code

Common Sense, it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

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


Smart Style

Smart Style is about all safety and having the knowledge to enjoy your freedom and the freestyle terrain.

Park Smart reinforces five important points for the use of freestyle terrain.

1. Start Small

If you are just getting into the park for the first time, or the first time that day, start with small features and work your way up. If you aren’t sure about how to use a feature, build your skills first.

When starting out, look for small progression parks and features and then work your way up to medium or large parks and features. Freestyle Terrain comes in different sizes so make sure and start small and work your way up before going into larger parks.

2. Make a Plan

Every time you use freestyle terrain have a plan for each feature you are going to use.

Remember, your speed, approach, and take-off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.


When first inspecting the jumps consider the following elements of each jump:

(A) The Approach zone is for setting your speed and stance

(T) The Take-off zone is for making moves that start your trick

(M) The Maneuver zone is for controlling your style

(L) The Landing Zone is for getting straight and riding away clean.

3. Always Look

  • Before you drop. Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings.
  • Use your first run as a warm run and to familiarize yourself with the park layout and features

Remember that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, and time of day so it is important to continue to inspect features throughout the day.

4. Respect

  • The features and other users.
  • One person on a feature at a time.
  • Wait your turn and call your drop-in.
  • Always clear the landing area quickly.
  • Respect all signs and stay off closed features.

Remember that respect is important both in the park and on the rest of the resort. So be smart when you are heading down the mountain or to the lift and save your best tricks for the park.

5. Take it Easy

  • Know your limits. Land on your feet.
  • Ride within your ability and consider taking a lesson if you want to build your knowledge, skills, and bag of tricks.
  • Stay in control both on the ground and in the air.
  • Remember you can control how big or small you take the feature by varying speed and take off.
  • Inverted aerials increase the chance of serious injury and are not recommended.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL. Don’t get in the backseat. Control your speed. Land on your feet. YOU ARE IN CONTROL.