Pennsylvania Ski Areas

Camelback Mountain Safety

Camelback Mountain is one of many Pennsylvania ski areas that teach safety first. In accordance with The National Ski Areas Association, all skiers and snowboarders should respect the responsibility code described below. Wearing a helmet is essential to personal safety, and kids should be properly taught the rules of both the mountain and the lifts. Camelback encourages all skiers and snowboarders to enjoy our Pennsylvania ski area but to do so in a manner that prevents injury to yourself and others.

Keep an eye out for our helpful staff if you need assistance anywhere and anytime while at our ski area.

Winter 2020-21 SAFETY Protocol

Our safety protocols continue to provide a safe and fun environment for everyone. At Camelback we teach safety first and are committed to ensuring the wellbeing and health of all guests, employees, and vendors through our established practices. This includes our Code of Conduct which requires guests to wear face coverings and physical distance in all public areas. These protocols will continue to be developed over the coming weeks as we work to open for our 2020-21 Winter Season. Please check back regularly to stay up to date on our safety protocols. 

Mountain Safety Protocol

There will be no singles lines.

  • Only parties that arrived together may ride together.  
  • On quad lifts, two singles may ride together if seated on opposite ends of the chair.  On triples and doubles, singles must ride alone.
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed at the bottom of the lifts.
  • On conveyors, guests will ride 6 feet from each other.
  • Lift attendants will wear proper PPE (face coverings and gloves).
  • Lift controls will be disinfected between staff changes and nightly.

  • Guests will purchase ski or snowboard rentals online and complete all required paperwork on-line. 
  • Guests will be given appointment times.
  • Six feet of social distancing will be required in queue lines both inside and outside of the rental shop.  
  • One-way traffic within the shops will be required.
  • There will be plexiglass separation barriers at all points where guests and staff interact.
  • All employees and guests will be required to wear a face covering.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the rental shop.
  • Tools and workstations will not be shared between employees and will be sanitized upon completion of the shift.
  • Boot fit aids will be disinfected after use.
  • Boots and helmets will be disinfected after use and before reissue.
  • Ski pole hand grips will be disinfected before reissue.
  • Boot fitting and try-on benches will be socially distanced.  
  • Equipment return will be contactless: guests will drop equipment off in a designated area.

  • Lift tickets will be purchased online.
  • Waivers will be completed online.  
  • Kiosks will be used to print and retrieve tickets.  Touch screens will be disinfected between guests.
  • Queue lines will be socially distanced at 6 feet.

Ski and snowboard rentals must be purchased online and guests must complete all required paperwork online. To ensure safe social distance and to prevent overcrowding, guests will be provided with an appointment time to pick up equipment. The number of guests inside the rental shop will be limited to accommodate proper social distancing. Face coverings/masks are required while in the rental shop. Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the rental shop. Boots and helmets will be disinfected with an EPA approve COVID killing disinfectant after use and before reuse. Ski pole hand grips will be disinfected before reissue. Equipment returns will be contactless, guest will drop equipment off in a designated area.

Yes and Yes!.  All lines for ski school will form outside of the center. For KLC, children only with one parent/guardian will be permitted inside. Face coverings are required. Six feet of social distancing will be maintained at all times. Only members of the same household are permitted to ride the chair lift together. Students and instructors will ride on the opposite side of the quad when possible. All equipment and facilities will be regularly sanitized and disinfected. 

LIDS ON KIDS
The National Ski Areas Association promotes the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet – but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. NSAA views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner – not helmets only – as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.
www.LidsOnKids.org

KIDS ON LIFTS
The National Ski Areas Association views using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner as one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and boarders. A skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment from helmet to chair lift.
www.KidsOnLifts.org

RESORT DRONE POLICY
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Camelback Mountain Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from the Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Camelback Mountain Resort boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, 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 skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

TELEMARKING & UPHILL TRAVEL
Camelback is accessible for skinning during winter operating hours with a valid season pass or a valid all area use ticket. Outside of winter operating hours the resort may have operations in progress including but not limited to snowmaking, grooming, vegetation trimming, electrical work or terrain park feature construction. Due to these activities and all associated vehicle traffic occurring on the mountain skinning is not permitted outside winter operating hours. Refer to skicamelback.com for daily operating hours.

Uphill Travel Etiquette at Camelback:

Get permission to travel uphill by stopping in at SKI PATROL to…
Identify how many people are participating
Approval for authorized route of travel
Conditions or restrictions
Start time
Approval is at the discretion of Ski Patrol based on time of day, current or expected crowds, trail conditions and in some cases weather. It is required that each participant in night or early morning skinning wear headlamps or other identifying lighting for identification to downhill skiers.
Stay to the sides of the trails as much as possible when climbing. The less obtrusive you are, the more likely that you and other telemarkers/skinners will be welcomed back.
If the ski area designates specific uphill routes, always stay on them.
Don’t climb on closed terrain (note: it’s your responsibility to check which trails are open – that may not be clear when climbing up, since the closed ropes are put at the top of trails, not at the bottom.
Always be aware of traffic coming down the hill at you. This is especially true if you are crossing a trail. Do not stop in an area where you are obstructing a trail or are not visible from above.
Switch backing is FORBIDDEN. If you have options, climb the longer, less-steep trails.
Stay clear of all trails where grooming operations are in progress. The cables for winch cats are particularly dangerous as they can be buried under the snow and suddenly snap up.
Follow any directives from Ski Patrol, Ranger Patrol or mountain staff.
Only use equipment with ski brakes or leashes.
For the safety of our guests dogs are not allowed on Resort property.
Hiking and snow shoeing is not permitted on Camelback property.
Ski Patrol and Ranger Patrol reserves the right to ask you to leave the property if you are not in possession of a valid all area use ticket, a valid season pass or if you are not abiding by Resort skinning policies.