Skier Safety

Skier Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country or other specialized equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

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.

It is your responsibility as a skier or snowboarder to know and follow these safety guidelines. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.
Officially Endorsed by: National Ski Areas Association

COVID-19 Policy – 2020/2021 Season

Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area has been working closely with the National Ski Areas Association and the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association to establish operating guidelines for the upcoming season. To our annual guests, the area will look a little different this ski & snowboard season due to COVID-19.  Swiss Valley is committed to keeping the area open for our winter guests but we need your help to do so. Items listed below are the adjustments being made to help keep everyone safe, healthy and keep our lifts turning throughout the winter.

Ski Well, Be Well this season! Skiing and Snowboarding are healthy, outdoor activities with built-in ‘Tip-to-Tail’ social distancing.


As helmets grow in popularity it’s important to know their benefits as well as limitations. Helmets are available for purchase in our Ski & Board Shop or a daily helmet rental is also available. For more information, please visit the Lids on Kids website. Swiss Valley does not require skiers & snowboarders to wear helmets unless competing in certain competitions in which the rules will state their requirement. Swiss Valley Encourages all skiers and riders to enjoy the slopes with a safety conscious attitude, so we can all enjoy winter recreation safely.

Skier, Spectator, and Public Conduct

Michigan Dept. of Labor Ski Area And Safety Board General Rules R 408.97 Skier, spectator, and public conduct in ski areas.

A) A person unloading from a ski lift shall move immediately out of the unloading area.

B) A person shall not willfully board or embark upon, or disembark from a ski lift, except at an area designated for this purpose.

C) A person shall conduct him/her self within the limits of his/her individual ability and shall not act or ski in a manner that may contribute to his/her injury or that of any other person.

D) A person shall not do any act which interferes with the running or operation of a ski lift such as, but not limited to: Swinging or bouncing on an aerial lift, attempting to contact supporting towers, machinery, guides, or guards while riding on a ski lift; or skiing out of the designated track on a surface lift or tow.

E) A person shall not ski in an area that is designated as closed, nor shall a person remove any sign used to designate a closed area.

F) A person involved in an accident causing injury to him/her self or others shall immediately notify the ski patrol, the ski area operator, or the area manager and shall clearly identify him/her self.

G) A skier shall maintain control of his/her speed and course at all times and shall stay clear of any snow grooming equipment, any vehicle, any lift tower, any other persons, or any other equipment at a ski area.

Acts 199 of Public Acts of 1962, Section 20

Freestyle Terrain

freestyle-terrainThe Smart Style Terrain Park Safety Program has Four Main Messages:

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

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

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

From the lift line through the park.


Drone Policy

Due to safety and privacy concerns, Swiss Valley Inc prohibits the operation or use on or above Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from Swiss Valley Inc. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries. This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Resort property, a well as any launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact resort representative, Jamie Wiseman Stafne or Linda Benthin at 269-244-5635, if you have questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any such devices. Any authorized operation of drones on or above Resort property will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, and local law enforcement, 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 access privileges to the Resort, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any prohibited equipment, and may subject violators to any liability for damages, including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and /or property, as well as legal fees.