WARNING: Warming temperatures increase the probability of wet slab avalanches. It is strongly recommended that you limit your uphill and downhill skiing and riding to the morning hours. Details

Exercise caution and judgement on and below high angle terrain. Pay attention to the daily freeze/thaw cycle and be aware if it did not freeze the night before. The ski areas are closed and no avalanche mitigation has occurred since March 14th. Please treat the ski areas with the same care you would in the backcountry and stay aware of your surroundings at all times. You assume all risks when entering the ski areas. Call 911 for emergencies and rescues. Learn more.

Sun Care

To ensure you have a safe and fun day on the slopes, remember these tips to protect you from the sun and its radiation.

  • Wear pants, long sleeves, and gloves even on warm days.
  • Put on a hat or helmet that covers your ears.
  • Wear 100% UV protection goggles or sunglasses.
  • Apply generous amounts of SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin every two hours.
  • It’s not the heat of the sun that causes skin damage but radiation from the sun.

What to look for in sun-block:

  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Broad Spectrum
  • Zinc Oxide, titanium dioxide or both

Dress Appropriately

  • Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and deep pockets.
  • Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Remember to wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for kids who are susceptible to cold hands). Also, 80% of heat-loss is through the head, a helmet is warm and many models cover the ears, ensuring a warmer experience. Don't forget your sunglasses or goggles. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see. Always wear eye protection.

Preparing for Altitude

You're at more than 7,000 feet at Aspen Snowmass so you may feel the effects of altitude sickness so remember to drink plenty of water to decrease the risk of dehydration.


Avalanches are an inherent risk of skiing & snowboarding. While ski patrol efforts help reduce avalanche risk within the ski area boundaries, avalanches may still occur. More information is available from the National Ski Areas Association Avalanche Safety Facts Sheet