Ski and Ride Safely
Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at your area is not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another area. The system is a relative system that is valid only at this area. Skiers and riders should work their way up, beginning with the easiest trails no matter what their ability level, until they are familiar with the trails at the area. Be advised that all poles and/or flags, fencing, signage and padding on equipment or objects or other forms of marking devices are used by the ski area to inform you of the presence or location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety and will not protect you from injury. It is your responsibility under Your Responsibility Code to avoid all obstacles or hazards, including those that are so marked.

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.

Helmets are a smart idea. Burke Mountain encourages you to educate yourself on the benefits and limitations of helmets. If you choose to wear one, please ski or ride as if you are not wearing one. Every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities.

Snowcats, snowmobiles, and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.Slow Zones. Certain areas (highlighted on the map) 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. Burke Mountain Ski Patrol does not sweep glades and wooded areas.
Know the Code, It’s Your Responsibility
Your Responsibility Code Burke Mountain is committed to promoting slope safety. In addition to those using traditional ski equipment, others on the slopes include snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe Your Responsibility Code listed below and share with others on the slopes the responsibility for a great snow sports 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.

Freestyle Terrain Areas are designated with an orange oval and may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain, and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using Freestyle Terrain, you’re responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings, and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Freestyle Terrain has designations for size. Start small and work your way up.
You are responsible for inspecting Freestyle Terrain before initial use and throughout the day. The features vary in size and change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Do not jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary.
Always ride or ski in control and within your ability level. Do not attempt Freestyle Terrain unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. You control the degree of difficulty you will encounter in using Freestyle Terrain, both on the ground and in the air.
Respect Freestyle Terrain and others. Only one person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your start. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and do not enter Freestyle Terrain or use features when closed.

Woods Skiing and Riding Policy
Skiing or snowboarding in the woods on or off designated trails within the ski area’s boundaries is allowed. However, these areas are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel and are neither open nor closed. Unmarked obstacles and hazards exist. Ski or ride at your own risk. Do not ski or ride alone, but preferably in groups of three or more, Burke Mountain assumes no responsibility for damage to equipment or the safety, injury or death to skiers or riders within or outside the ski area’s boundaries. Be aware, use good judgment and ski or ride accordingly. Be aware that skiing or riding in the woods may lead you away from Burke Mountain trails.

Backcountry Warning. 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. Avalanches, unmarked obstacles, and other natural hazards exist. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, will be costly and may take time.

Trails, slopes, and premises are closed to the public outside of operating hours. This map is general and conceptual in nature. The trail and lift designations on this map supersede any previous maps or brochures.

Burke Mountain Skinning / Hiking Policy

Burke Mountain Skinning / Hiking / Snowshoeing Policy

During operating hours, we ask skiers and riders to NOT hike or skin on ski area trails, as this can create a dangerous obstacle for our downhill guests. During certain specific periods, hiking or skinning may be allowed on designated trails for an event, or to gain access to view a race. During these instances guest services staff, ski patrol, or race officials will make it clear where this is allowed.

Burke Mountain respects the desire among winter enthusiasts to hike, ski, and snowshoe when our lifts are not running. However, Burke Mountain Resort does not recommend the use of our terrain during non-operational times. Grooming, snowmaking and other operations take place 24 hours a day throughout the resort. Skiers and riders must understand that they put themselves at great risk when they come in proximity to these operations.

If you choose to use resort terrain during non-operational hours, we would like to help minimize the risks to you and to our staff, by sharing some important information:

• Grooming, snowmaking, snowmobiles, and other operations may occur at any time or at almost any place on the mountain

• Avoid trails with active snowmaking or grooming operations as these are especially dangerous

• Avoid trails that have been recently groomed

• Wear bright and reflective clothing and use a bright light at night. It is not the Snow Cat operator’s responsibility to look out for you!

• Winching may involve one Snow Cat hooked onto a fixed anchor, or two Snow Cats working together, if you come across what may be winching operations, make every effort to stay off the trail. You may not see the winch cable, which raises and lowers as the groomers perform their work. Contact with the cable may be disastrous.

• Avoid trails with active snowmaking; snow may be sticky and inconsistent. Never ski or ride over snowmaking hoses.

• Entering closed terrain is prohibited; it is the user’s responsibility to know what is open or closed. Terrain parks are closed outside of normal operating hours.

• Dogs must be under control at all times. No dogs are allowed on the mountain during operating hours. Clean up after your dog.

• Never ski or ride alone. Be prepared for changes in weather. Snow conditions at night can be much different than daytime conditions; ice, ruts, and bare spots among, numerous other hazards should be anticipated.

• Know who to contact in the event of an emergency, DO NOT count on ski area personnel to be available to assist you.


Thank you,

Q Burke Mountain Resort Management