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Mt. Shasta Ski Park Policy on Mobility Devices

Thank you for your interest in visiting Mt. Shasta Ski Park.  We will make every reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a pleasant visit.   For your convenience, there are designated parking spots in the upper parking lot adjacent to the walkway ramp.   If you have difficulty accessing any area, ask any Mt. Shasta Ski Park employee for assistance.

Winter Season

Mt. Shasta Ski Park allows the use of adaptive devices or other “manually-powered mobility aids” designed for use on the slopes.  Adaptive devices are any specialized equipment that has been designed and manufactured primarily for use by individuals who have disabilities, including without limitation mono skis, bi skis, outriggers and sit-skis.  The Mt. Shasta Ski Park Learning Center provides instruction and will arrange use of such mobility devices when requested in advance to ensure qualified instructors are available.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park has determined that the use of any power-driven devices or vehicles by the public, including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities, would conflict with Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities.  These safety concerns include the use of devices on the slopes that expose the user and skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard; collisions with downhill skiers and snowboarders; and the use of devices that may provide access into closed areas that pose avalanche hazards.  These safety concerns are compounded by our facility’s high volume of trail use.  These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Non-Winter Operations

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is normally closed to the public during the summer, (April – December.)  However, when an event that is open to the public occurs, the following policy will be in effect.  The Mt. Shasta Ski Park has determined that while the use of Segways by individuals with mobility disabilities are permitted on designated bike trails, the use of ATV/UTV’s, golf carts or pickup trucks by the public is not permitted.  The use of these devices by the public would pose safety hazards to individuals using the trails for mountain biking and hiking given the size, weight dimensions, and speed of these devices; the high volume of traffic on the trails; and potential for collisions with other visitors; and the substantial risk of serious impacts to natural resources caused by these vehicles.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Service animals are permitted in pedestrian areas UNLESS one of the two exceptions are met: (1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.   A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work of tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g. voice control, signals, or other effective means).  Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.  Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.  Miniature horses will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.  Miniature horses are not permitted on lifts.  Because of the size and weight of miniature horses, their presence on a lift would create a safety hazard to the animal, its handler, employees and/or other guests.

For more information contact:  thinksnow@skipark.com

Mt. Shasta Ski & Snowboard Team National Ski Areas Association