Other Safety Information
Tahoe Donner strongly discourages the use of electronic devices including cell phones, personal entertainment and communication devices, and any other electronic equipment that utilizes head/ear phones while skiing and snowboarding, or loading and unloading lifts.
Be advised that 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 sufficient to enable you to load, ride and unload the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Uphill Ski Policy
There is no uphill skiing allowed the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area; unless authorization provided in writing by ski area management prior to for specific events or access.
Be cautious of snowcats, snowmobiles and other on hill equipment that may be encountered at any time.
Certain areas are designated as Slow Zones. Please observe the posted slow zone areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Fast and aggressive skiing and riding will not be tolerated.
Our staff is on the look-out for skiers and riders traveling too fast or displaying reckless behavior. A verbal warning will be given to correct fast and reckless issues, and skiing and riding privileges may be suspended.
- How Fast is Too Fast? Many people have a hard time remembering what it was like to be a beginner skier or snowboarder. First, think about giving people some space. Next, remember that you must always be in control whether you are on an expert run or in a Slow Zone. This is the first point of the Skier Responsibility Code. If you are in the air, you have no control over your speed or direction. Jumps and hits are not allowed in the Slow Zones.
- Why Can't I Go as Fast as I Want When There is No One Else on the Run? Many of the Slow Zones are on beginner runs, and where trails of different ratings converge. Where beginners, kids and more advanced skiers/riders converge, everyone needs to slow down and be aware of who is around them. Often beginners and children haven't developed this "run awareness" yet, and may not have the foresight or physical ability to avoid others. Going slow in these zones helps both beginners and advanced skiers navigate the runs and avoid collisions!
Tahoe Donner Downhill requires all students under age 13 to wear an approved ski helmet when taking a lesson. We also recommend helmets for all out patrons. We have helmets available for daily rental as well as for purchase at our retail location.
Lids on Kids. We believe in safety just as much as we believe in fun. You will see many of our on mountain staff wearing helmets and we encourage the use of helmets on kids as a way of having more fun and being more safe! You can find more information about lids on kids by visiting the National Ski Patrol or by visiting Lids on Kids.
Skiing Out of Bounds
The ski area assumes no responsibility for skiers or riders going beyond the ski area boundary. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards exist.
Out of Bounds Areas: Out of bounds areas are exactly that - out of bounds. Our staff continually keeps an eye on out of bounds areas and makes sure guests are staying inside the lines. Riding or skiing out of bounds can result in loss of pass or ticket, possible arrest by the Truckee police department and possible fine.
- Why Can't I Ski or Ride Out of Bounds? These areas are not patrolled by Ski Patrol, thereby increasing the risk to skiers and riders who may become injured if they are in an out of bounds area.
Deep Snow Safety + Tree Wells
The most important prevention step is to remain on groomed runs. Resist the urge to ski or snowboard through the trees during deep powder conditions. If you choose to ski or snowboard ungroomed runs, deep snow areas with trees, remember:
- Ski/ride With a Partner. It is critical to ski or ride with a partner who remains in visual contact at all times. In many cases, some of the deaths which have occurred due to tree well incidents may have been avoided had:
- the person been with a partner
- the partner saw the person fall
- the partner was close enough to assist digging the victim out in a timely manner.
- Every Second Counts. It does no good for your safety if you are under the snow and your partner is waiting for you at the bottom of the lift. If you have any question about what a "timely manner" is to assist someone in a tree well, hold your breath now as you are reading this and the amount of time until you need air is approximately how much time your partner has to help get you out of danger. Other factors such as creating an air pocket or the nature of how you fall into the well may extend this critical timeframe.
- Maintain Visual Contact. Visual contact means stopping and watching your partner descend at all times, then proceeding downhill while he or she watches you at all times. If you lose visual site of your partner, you could lose your friend.
- Remove Your Pole Straps. If you are a skier, remove your pole straps before heading down a powder slope. Trapped skiers have difficulty removing the pole straps, which can hamper efforts to escape or clear an air space to breathe.
What if I go down? Hopefully, your partner will have seen what happened and will come to your rescue within minutes. If not, experts advise staying calm while waiting for assistance. Survival chances are improved if you maintain your air space. Over time, heat generated by your body, combined with your rocking motions, will compact the snow, and you may be able to work your way out.
- If you are sliding toward a tree well or a deep snow bank, do everything you can to avoid going down: grab branches, hug the tree, or anything to stay above the surface.
- If you go down, resist the urge to struggle violently. The more you struggle, the more snow will fall into the well from the branches and area around the well and compact around you.
- Instead of panicking, try first to make a breathing space around your face. Then move your body carefully in a rocking manner to hollow out the snow and give you space and air.
On-Hill Emergency Contact
Ski patrollers are stationed at the top of our Eagle Rock Lift and at the Base Lodge. The first-aid room is located in the lower level of the Base Lodge at the base of the stairwell.
Report all accidents to the attendant at the bottom or top of the nearest lift. To summon help, use the international signal of crossing your skis in an "X" uphill of the injured skier or rider, or contact Ski Patrol at (530) 587-9430.
KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
WARNING: Skiing, snowboarding and other winter recreational activities involve inherent and other risks of injury and death. Trail conditions vary constantly because of weather changes and ski/snowboard use. Bare spots, stumps, ice, variations in terrain, moguls, forest growth, rocks and debris, lift towers, snowmaking and grooming equipment and other natural and man-made obstacles and hazards may exist throughout the area. You must assume the risks of personal injury and death related to participation in recreational activities within this ski area. Violators of hit-and-run skiing may be prosecuted under Section 653-i of the California State Penal Code. It is unlawful for persons under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug, or under the combined influence, to ski in a ski area (Sec. 12.134, Placer County ordinance).
Do not ski into "CLOSED" areas or beyond ski area boundaries; you may be prosecuted (CC 602.Q) or held liable for the cost of search and rescue.