Rules Regulations & Safety

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Rules, Regulations & Safety

Access to the snow at Indianhead Operations and Blackjack, LLC d/b/a Big Snow Resort (collectively referred to herein as “Big Snow Resort”) is permitted to those with a valid purchased lift ticket, complimentary lift ticket or season pass (collectively referred to herein as “Pass”).  The purchase of a Pass does not guarantee the availability of rental equipment or lessons. Please put your Pass on immediately.  The Pass must be visible at all times and presented for visual inspection when asked by any employee of Big Snow Resort prior to loading the lift.  The Pass is void if lost or stolen.  As a condition of using a Pass, I understand and accept Big Snow Resort Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. 

In purchasing a Pass, I understand that I am accepting all dangers that are a part of the sport of skiing or snowboarding. These dangers, include, but are not limited to, injuries which can result in variations in terrain; surface or subsurface ice conditions; bare spots, rocks, trees and other forms of natural growth or debris; collisions with ski lift towers and their components, with other skiers or snowboarders or with properly marked or plainly visible snow making or snow grooming equipment. I agree to assume all risk of injury, death or damage to property. I hereby release and agree not to sue Big Snow Resort, its owners, employees and agents because of death, injury or damage of property. The term skiing includes the use of skis and snowboards, and any other winter sports activity. This pass may be revoked without refund at any time by Big Snow Resort for misconduct or nuisance caused by me.  This Agreement and Release of Liability remains in effect any time the Pass holder is on the Big Snow Resort property.              

NOTE: Big Snow Resort reserves the right to open or close terrain and/or lifts when weather conditions create unsafe conditions-all published schedules are subject to snow and weather conditions.

Big Snow Resort, does not maintain, monitor, nor patrol terrain beyond the resort boundary, as delineated on the trail map. I, the Pass holder, assume all responsibility for travel beyond the boundary and will be charged for any required rescue efforts.              

Responsibility Code

A skier or snowboarder shall conduct himself or herself within the limits of his or her individual ability and shall not act or ski in a manner that may contribute to his or her injury or the injury of any other person.  A skier or snowboarder shall be the sole judge of his or her ability to negotiate a track, trail or slope.

I am familiar with and will adhere to “Responsibility Code”:
A. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
B. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
C. You must not stop where you will obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
D. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
E. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
F. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
G. Do not use any lift or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
H. Prior to using any lift, you must have knowledge and ability to load and unload safely and should not swing, bounce or expel any objects while riding the lift.

If in the opinion of Big Snow Resort management, my behavior, while visiting Big Snow Resort, is not in accordance with the Responsibility Code or is considered misconduct, Big Snow Resort may revoke my Pass without refund or credit given.

“SMART STYLE” Freestyle/Terrain Park Code

  1. Make a plan
  • Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use.
  • Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
  1. Look before you leap
  • Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings
  • Scope around the jumps first not over them
  • Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain
  • Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day
  • Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary
  1. Easy style it
  • Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level
  • Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up
  • Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air
  • Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely
  • Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended
  1. Respect gets respect
  • Respect the terrain and others
  • 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 stay off closed terrain and features

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.                                       


With purchase of services, we reserve the right to photograph people and events for use in advertising or publicity for Big Snow Resort without personal consent.

Slow Zones

Certain areas (indicated on the map in yellow) are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing will not be tolerated.


Big Snow Resort recommends wearing helmets for skiing and snowboarding and encourages our guests to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage.

Electronic Devices

Big Snow Resort 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.

Drone Policy

Due to safety and privacy concerns, Big Snow Resort prohibits the operation or use on or above Big Snow Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public—including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists—without the prior written authorization from Big Snow Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries. This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Big Snow Resorts property, as well as any launched from private property outside of the Big Snow Resort boundaries. Please contact a resort representative if you have any questions.


Don’t be a victim of theft! Lock up skis/snowboards and your personal items.  Big Snow Resort  is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  You are responsible for your possessions while you are visiting Big Snow Resort.  Refrain from bringing any extra items into the lodge if at all possible, and use our coin lockers (located throughout the facilities) to secure the items you must bring with you.  Skis and snowboards are prohibited inside the lodge and should be secured on the outdoor racks with personal equipment locks.  

Sleds not permitted on snow. No rainchecks. All lodges are smoke free. Weapons of any kind are not permitted on the premises. Pets not permitted in the lodges or on the snow. Under certain conditions, a grease-like substance may drip from mechanical equipment on chairlifts. Big Snow Resort  is not responsible for grease on clothing.  Emergency First Aid and assistance is provided by registered members of the National Ski Patrol. This service is provided free of charge.


Big Snow Resort Winter Season Pass Information

As conditions to the use of a 2017/2018 Season Pass, I agree and understand the following:

This Season Pass is valid for the season as long as the lifts are in operation, but I understand that Big Snow Resort does not guarantee snow conditions or amount of skiable days in the season and I am not entitled to any refund or credits due to snow, wind or weather conditions.        

I must have my Season Pass with me to be entitled to use the lifts and ski/snowboard at Big Snow Resort. Furthermore, I understand that Big Snow Resort will issue one complimentary lift ticket if I forget my Season Pass. This ticket is for the Season Pass holders use only. If the Season Pass is forgotten a second time, I will purchase a lift ticket before accessing the lifts. I further realize that the reported forgotten Season Pass will be hot listed for the day that the comp is issued. This policy may be revoked at any time.

If I lose my Season Pass, I must report it immediately. I further understand that the cost to replace the Season Pass is $25 after a seven-day waiting period.                             

This Season Pass is the property of Big Snow Resort, and is non-transferable, non-assignable, non-refundable, and I will not let any other person use this Season Pass or its privileges and if I do so, Big Snow Resort will revoke and terminate the Season Pass without refund.