Summer Safety on Vail Mountain
In Case of an Accident or If You Get Lost - Retrace your steps
or proceed downhill until you come to a working emergency phone
located in a bright red box. Call 1111 or call (970) 754 3049 from
a cell phone. Wait for someone to answer, do not hang up until
all pertinent information has been gathered.
Construction Warning - Major improvements and repairs are made
on Vail Mountain during the summer. Please be aware of construction,
maintenance vehicles and heavy equipment, and obey any posted
warnings. You may encounter construction vehicles on any mountain
road. When using these routes be cautious and yield the right-of-way.
Fire Danger - Smoking is prohibited on the lifts and is discouraged
on-mountain due to fire danger. Report fires from any on-mountain
Sun Protection At 10,000 ft., exposure to the sun is 40% greater
than it is at sea level. We recommend sunscreen with a sun protection
factor of 15 or higher, as well as eye protection.
Lightning and Thunderstorms - Brief afternoon thunderstorms
are common in the mountains. Seek shelter when you see a storm
developing. You are responsible to take proper precautions that
include keeping off ridgelines and staying clear of chairlift houses
and towers, power lines, open spaces, lone trees and signposts.
Lifts may close on occasion causing delays. Please take this into
consideration when planning on-mountain activities.
High-Altitude Environment - If you live at a lower elevation, you
may tire more easily. Take it easy at first, plan short trips until you are
acclimated and drink plenty of water. Some visitors may experience
symptoms associated with Vail’s high altitude. Symptoms may include
headaches, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, restless sleep,
coughing and diffi culty in breathing. If symptoms persist or if you have
a concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.
Adequate Clothing - Be aware, mountain weather changes quickly
and there is usually at least a 10 degree temperature difference
from the bottom to the top of the lifts. Bring a raincoat and consider
a sweater or fleece.
Lift Safety - Under Colorado law, you cannot board a lift unless you
have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate
or to use such lift safely or until you have asked for and received
information suffi cient to enable you to use the lift safely. You may
not use a lift when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Please lower the bar when riding lifts.
Weather and Terrain - Unpredictable weather, as well as rugged,
uneven, irregular and slippery conditions exists. YOU ASSUME THE RISK.
Multi-Use - Be aware that trails and roads on Vail Mountain are
used for many purposes during the summer. Mountain bikes, hikers,
horses, motorized vehicles, construction equipment and others
may be encountered at any time.
Mountain Biking - Helmets and sturdy shoes with good tread
are recommended at all times. Child carriers or tow-behind bikes
are not permitted and all bikes must have two working hand brakes.
All loose clothing, bags or packs should be firmly secured so
they do not interfere with the bicycle’s moving parts.
Mountain bikers must always yield to other non-motorized trail users.
Should you encounter hikers or horses on any trail, you must yield the
right-of-way. Ride on designated trails only and obey all posted signs and
warnings. Failure to do so may result in lift ticket and/or pass revocation.
Please Be Aware Of Bears - Hikers rarely encounter bears, but if
you do please remain calm and back away slowly. Vail Mountain asks
that everyone is cautious and respectful of wildlife.