Common Sense, it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code

  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. Observe all posted signs and warnings.
  6. 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.





Ski Butternut's Ski Patrol is here to serve you. There's no cost for their care. The Ski Patrol headquarters is conveniently located in the Ski Patrol building. You'll find it in the upper right corner of the main parking lot. There is also a building at the top of the Top Flight Quad chairlift and another at the top of the triple chair! Our Ski Patrol staff work closely with Fairview Hospital, in case of an emergency. We are fortunate that such a fine hospital is only 5 minutes away. It is located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass.


Go Fast - Lose Pass! 


Pied Piper, Nuthatch and Cruiser trails are designated as Slow Zones.  This is so beginner and newly skilled skiers and riders can practice their turns and enjoy the day without having to worry about faster, more experienced skiers darting past them at high speed. We ask that all guests follow the ski area's rules and that they know and follow the Skier Responsibility Code. 

Any guest witnessed skiing/riding too fast, or out of control, in these areas by Host, Ski Patrol, a member of the Management Team, could lose their lift ticket.


Your Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas, you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross-country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Observe the code listed above and share with other skiers the responsibility we all share, to assure everyone has a great skiing experience.

Some Finer points to Skiing & Riding Courtesy!
  • Don't wave your poles or plant them on someone else's skis or board.
  • Give new or young skiers extra room. 
  • Lend a helping hand if someone falls by helping them gather their things.
  • If you want to ride the lift together, wait outside the lift line for your crew.
  • DON'T SMOKE on the lift.
  • Deposit Trash and recycling where it belongs, no on the slopes/ground!

Cross Country skiing. For safety reasons we can not permit guests to engage in  cross country skiing at Ski Butternut.



It is your responsibility to have the knowledge and ability to ride the lifts at any ski area safely.  If you don’t know how to use the lifts safely, Ski Butternut strongly encourages you and your family to:

  • read and understand the instructional printout below; view and understand the instructional video below
  • take a lesson to learn the proper techniques for using lifts safely and practice riding the beginner slope lifts until you are proficient at using them and before using any of the other lifts on the mountain. 

It is your responsibility to have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely:

Instructions for Riding a Chairlift      

Please review Terrain Park Safety rules.


Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Ski Butternut prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or aerial drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists.

This prohibition on drone 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 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 equipment. Violators will be liable for any damages, including but not limited to, physical or personal injuries, property damage, damages for violations of privacy, regulatory fines and legal fees.