Mountain biking involves elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please adhere to the responsibility code, and share a safe experience with others.
- Ride in control and within your ability level. You must be able to avoid other people or objects.
- Stay off the lifts and trails if your ability is impaired by drugs, alcohol, or fatigue.
- All riders must wear a helmet and gloves. Other protective equipment is strongly recommended.
- Inspect your bike or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic before you ride.
- Be sure to have the physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. Ask the lift attendant for assistance if you need it.
- Be aware of changing conditions on trails and features. Inspect features before use and throughout the day.
- Stay on marked trails. Obey all signs and warnings. Do not cut switchbacks. Keep off closed areas.
- Avoid riders ahead of you. They have the right of way.
- Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering a trail or starting downhill.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must identify yourself to the Bike Patrol.
- Do not feed, provoke, or approach wildlife.
Mountain Biking | Mountain Bike Safety
At Silver Star Mountain Resort the safety of our guests is paramount. It is our hope that you will take the time to read this portion of the website in order to support our efforts to ensure that you and other guests have a fun and safe visit.
To make your visit to Silver Star a safe and fun experience, check out the following guidelines:
- Respect the Slow Zones posted on the mountain.
- Identify meeting points with your group in case you become separated from your companions. All group members should know where to meet should separation occur.
- Stay in bounds no matter how tempting that terrain may be! Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. Trails and areas are closed for guest safety. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings. Signs, markings and fences are in place for the safety of our guests. Ignoring these messages may put guests at greater risk. Those who violate closures will lose lift privileges.
- Think about where you stop on the hill. Take a rest on the side of the trail. Do not stop under rollovers where you can't be seen from above or around blind corners on cat tracks.
- Visibility can be compromised by varying weather conditions. Guests are encouraged to slow down or stop when these conditions exist.
- Always look up before starting downhill. Yield to others.
- Ride in control. You must always be able to quickly stop or turn to avoid objects or other riders. Take particular care in congested areas. Slow down and look ahead. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Hot temperatures increase the likelihood of dehydration. Make sure to carry water and rehydrate frequently. Dress in layers, and keep an eye on exposed skin. Mountain Bike conditions can change quickly — be prepared.
- Do not leave the injured biker/hiker alone. Do not move the injured person. While one person remains with the injured biker/hiker make sure another reports the accident to any bike patroller or the nearest lift operator – say what the person is wearing – there can be more than one accident on the same run at the same time. Have someone stand uphill from the accident to give a verbal warning to other users when someone, including a bike patrol, is attending to the patient. Give the exact location of the accident and nature of the injury and wait for the patroller. Reassure the patient and keep them calm. Do not move them or attempt to treat them unless you are qualified in first aid.
- Protect your eyes with goggles or glasses and always wear sunscreen and a hat or full-face helmet. Drink lots of water to stay well hydrated.
- Full-face helmets are a critical piece of safety equipment for every mountain biker. Make sure that your helmet fits properly, comfortably and is safety approved to meet specific industry guidelines. A well-fitting helmet should be snug, but not uncomfortably tight. It shouldn't roll off backwards when you have it on.
- Please be aware while loading and unloading on the chairlift. It takes time for a chairlift to come to a complete stop, not unlike a large truck or train. Make sure that you give the chair a wide berth as it loads the group in front of you and be prepared to unload at the top of the mountain. If you need assistance, feel free to ask one of our lift attendants and we will gladly help.
- ALWAYS lower your restraining bar while riding on the lift. Do not lift the bar until you meet the "Raise Restraining Device" sign for your own safety.
- Bike Patrol's phone number is on your lift ticket.