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Mountain Policies

At Red Lodge Mountain we take the safety of our guests and employees very seriously.  All skiers and riders are responsible for complying with the Responsibility Code and avoiding collisions with other skiers and riders.  Failure to adhere to our resort’s policies and rules can and will result in a suspension or revocation of skiing/riding privileges. Please understand the below policies.

 Uphill Travel | Drone/UAV’s  | Overnight Camping | Service Animals | Equipment Policy  

 

On-Snow Uphill Travel Policy

While uphill travel within ski area boundaries may seem innocuous, it poses significant safety concerns for uphill and downhill recreationalists, ski area operations, and ski area staff. Red Lodge Mountain’s (RLM) policy reflects our commitment to seek a balance between mitigating the safety concerns of uphill travel in the downhill ski area boundary/Special Use Permit area with the reasonable needs of operating a sustainable and successful alpine ski area.

For your safety and the safety of our employees, all skiers, snowboarders, hikers, etc. who wish to travel uphill within RLM’s ski area boundary during the open ski season must:

  • Sign our Uphill Travel Agreement
  • Visibly wear the issued armband during uphill travel. (No fee for armbands. Can be worn on the left or right side.)

Please Note: No changes have been made to last season’s policy.  Armbands and written agreements are valid until further notice.  

Agreements can be signed and armbands obtained at Grizzly Peak Outdoors (24 S. Broadway, Red Lodge) and, during the open ski season, the inside window of RLM’s ticket office.

The armband issued to you is only for your use, and lending it to others may result in the loss of uphill travel privileges. Armbands are dated, but you may continue to use until policy changes dictate a new agreement and armband issuance.

 

REGULATIONS FOR UPHILL TRAVEL DURING THE OPEN SKI SEASON (Opening Day through Closing Day)

Uphill travel is only permitted between the hours of 4:30 pm and 9:00 am.

All uphill travel is limited to these 2 routes (uphill travel elsewhere on RLM is prohibited), and travel must occur on the far edge of the ski trails:

    • Remaining always on lookers left: Show Off Alley to Chicken Trail to Lazy M to Grizzly Peak Summit.
    • Beginning on lookers left: Show Off Alley to Otto Bahn. As Otto Bahn passes Ladies Aid, move to lookers right and continue from Otto Bahn to Turnpike to Midway Chalet.

All downhill travel must occur on an open run.

Downhill traffic is prohibited at all times on the following runs because of the potential for winch cat grooming:

      • Face of M, Little Tree, Pine Ridge, Big Silver, Upper Limited, Lower Limited, Royals, Drifter, and Latigo.

Travel is prohibited (uphill or downhill) on any run on which snow making equipment is operating, and on any runs that are closed to the public.

Download the winter trail map

Regulations

    • Dogs are not permitted on the mountain during the open ski season (Nov. – Apr.). This rule encompasses any time before, during, or after operating hours.
    • Do not travel uphill with more than 2 people abreast.
    • Use of Terrain Park is prohibited outside of normal operating hours.
    • For your safety, it is strongly recommended that you wear reflective clothing and/or lighting to improve your visibility to our groomers and mountain staff on snowmobiles.
    • Overnight use of RLM’s Hancock Hut (Summit Ski Patrol Station) is not permitted at this time.

Hazards

    • Yield and give a wide berth to ski area machinery, i.e. grooming machines, snowmobiles, and snowmaking equipment. Do not assume operators see you.
    • Snow making utilizes high pressure water hoses and high voltage electrical lines. These items constitute a substantial risk and may be concealed by new snow. Do not ski over hoses or power cables.

Avalanche Danger and Explosives

    • Avalanche danger may exist at any time along many of the uphill and downhill routes.
    • Following any amount of new snow, and possibly wind, the Ski Patrol may conduct avalanche control work, including the use of explosives. On such mornings, please look for the flashing red light on the left side of the entrance gate, which indicates UPHILL TRAVEL IS PROHIBITED. Avalanche control updates will also be posted to the snow report page of the RLM website by 6:00 am.
    • Failure to adhere to any of these regulations may result in loss of uphill travel privileges.

PRE-SEASON AND POST-SEASON REGULATIONS FOR UPHILL TRAVEL 

There are no uphill or downhill route or time restrictions in place, but please use extreme caution and be aware of the following:

    • Public using the ski area at this time assume all risks for their activities including route selection, stability analysis, and all other activities. Ski area improvements, including rails and jumps, are prohibited from use.
    • Unmarked hidden obstacles will exist under the snow.
    • Groomer and snowmobile traffic are often active on the mountain during the pre and post season.
    • Snowmaking and the moving of snowmaking equipment will occur during the pre-season.
    • Dogs are not restricted during the pre and post season, however we ask that you clean up after your dog, and because mountain equipment is often active, please have your dog leashed or under very good verbal control.

 

DRONE/UAV POLICY

Due to safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Red Lodge Mountain (RLM) prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within RLM property, boundaries, or Special Permit Use lands owned by the US Forest Service.  This extends to drones launched from private property outside of the RLM boundaries but flying over RLM property. Violation of this policy may result in suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, revocation of your season pass, legal responsibility for damages, including privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

 

OVERNIGHT CAMPING

Overnight camping is allowed in the farthest south-east corner of the lower parking lot. Overnight campers may receive a 5:30am wake-up call to move vehicles, in the event snow removal is necessary.

 

HANCOCK HUT

The Hancock Hut is located at the top of Grizzly Peak and houses our summit Ski Patrol station. The hut is not available for public access at this time.

 

SERVICE AnimalS

Red Lodge Mountain supports the use of trained service animals. All service animals must meet the current ADA guidelines which include, but are not limited to: remaining under the direct control of the user at all times, be house broken and be trained and utilized to perform a specific task or work for a person with a disability according to ADA regulations.

The use of service animals is permitted within buildings and facilities located in the Base Area. The use of service animals (including miniature horses) on lifts, trails and slopes directly conflicts with Red Lodge Mountain safety requirements and impedes the reasonably safe operation of Red Lodge Mountain on slope activities. Red Lodge Mountain restricts the use of animals on lifts and slopes to dogs, specifically trained, or in the process of being trained for avalanche search and rescue work and which are under the control of Red Lodge Mountain personnel. These safety concerns include the real potential for conflicts between service animals and skiers and riders, and are compounded by the large volume of slope and trail use. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

 

Equipment Policy

Red Lodge Mountain reserves the right to select the type of equipment allowed on RLM aerial and surface lifts and terrain. Skis and snowboards must have proper retention and/or braking devices. Sleds, tubes, snow skates, ski bikes, ski trikes, discs, toboggans, snow scooters, body sleds, or airboards are not permitted on RLM terrain or lifts. This list is not exhaustive and subject to change at any time. In addition, foot passengers are not allowed on lifts unless authorized by management 24 hours in advance.

Adaptive Equipment

Red Lodge Mountain permits specialized equipment1 to allow those with disabilities to access RLM lifts and terrain under the following conditions:

    • The person using the equipment must have a qualifying disability2 that requires them to utilize a special device to access lifts and slopes.
    • The equipment must be inspected by RLM and deemed to be safely operational when being loaded and unloaded on the aerial lifts, with minimum disruption to normal operations.
    • The equipment and person(s) operating/assisting must be able to control and stop the equipment in a safe manner.
    • Adaptive skiers may use a guide or personal assistant in order to ski safely, negotiate the lifts, or meet other conditions of the Skier Code. Guides and personal assistants may utilize specialized equipment to assist the adaptive skier in training and learning of adaptive skiing techniques.

If a person with a disability desires to access RLM lifts and terrain, but does not possess the proper equipment and training, the individual must make arrangements with Eagle Mount. Eagle Mount is an organization, independent of RLM, that specializes in assisting people with disabilities enjoy skiing and snowboarding at RLM. It provides specially designed equipment and adaptive techniques, along with the assistance of well-trained staff and volunteer instructors, for children and adults with disabilities. For more information, contact the Eagle Mount Ski Program, [email protected], or call (406) 969-2949.

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1 – There is no express list of what type of equipment is considered specialized equipment for adaptive skiing access. Specialized equipment for adaptive skiers which meets all the conditions outlined in the Adaptive Equipment Policy will be allowed access at RLM. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to help disabled person(s) meet the policy.
2 – Skiers with a disability are persons meeting the definition contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Section 12102, that substantially limits that person’s ability to ski or snowboard, negotiate slopes/trails, or meet the general requirements to use passenger ropeways. This definition does not apply to impairments that are transitory, with an actual or expected duration of six (6) months or less.