Trail Etiquette

Respect & Preserve the Tracks

We encourage cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Eagle Cliff Trails. Regardless of the activity that brings you to Eagle Cliff Ski Area, please be responsible and courteous; respect and preserve the tracks. Refrain from walking, snowshoeing, pulling sleds, or allowing dogs on ski tracks or groomed trails. All of these activities compromise the integrity of the ski track. Divots left behind by these activities present a dangerous situation for skiers who encounter them. Don't cause potential injury to other trail users.

Trail Etiquette Tips

  • Be mindful of the shared nature of the trail system and maintain separate snowshoe and ski tracks.

  • When snowshoeing and encountering ski tracks, avoid walking on them. Stay as far to the side of the ski tracks as possible, forging a new path if necessary, and continue on a separate snowshoe track. This will prevent snowshoe tracks from ruining the even plane skiers rely on to get smooth, forward motion and keep them safe from hazards posed by divots and frozen ruts created by snowshoe crampons in ski tracks. Promote skier safety and preserve the integrity of ski tracks.

  • Do not hike on the tracks. Skis distribute weight and allow for a smooth glide across the snow. Hiking lacks the weight distribution provided by skis and results in divots that ruin the track. Your holes could be another user's hazard.

  • Dogs are welcome on designated snowshoe trails (Hollow, Lost Run, Lily Park, Holey Rock and Hamburger) and the Sunny Meadow trail.

  • Ski responsibly, with control and with consideration for others.

  • Be courteous to all other users you encounter; remember that there are skiers of varying levels and abilities on the trails.

  • Uphill traffic yields to downhill traffic.

  • Pass on the left if overtaking a slower skier from behind and announce your presence prior to passing.

  • Refrain from blocking the trail. When stopped, step to the side of the trail outside of the tracks.

  • When you fall, move off the trail as quickly as possible and repair divots (as best you can) left behind from your fall.

  • Be on the lookout for oncoming skiers in areas where visibility is limited and on uphill and downhill sections.

  • If you encounter grooming equipment on the trails, move to the far right and allow it to pass.