Snow Code & Safety

To make sure everyone sharing the mountain has a safe and enjoyable experience

Always follow the Snow Code:

Always stay in control.

Know your ability, start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people.

People below you have the right of way.

The skier or boarder downhill of you has the right of way, also look above before entering a hill.

Obey all ski area signage.

Signs are there for your safety, keep out of closed areas.

Look before you leap.

Scope jumps first, ensure the area is clear of others, use a spotter on blind jumps.

Stop where you can be seen.

When stopping, try to move to the side of the trail and where you can be seen from above

Don’t lose what you use.

Equipment must be secured while walking.

Stay on scene.

If you are involved in, or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski Patrol.

Respect gets respect.

From the lift line to the slopes and through the park.


The environment in the Southern Alps is subject to extreme weather changes and shouldn’t be underestimated.

Essential clothing for the mountain

  • Minimum of 3 layers of warm clothing (thermal, shirt, woolen jersey or polar fleece)
  • Waterproof and wind proof jacket and trousers
  • Hat and warm, waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Spare dry clothing, especially warm socks
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

Essential items to keep in your car

  • Chains that fit your car’s tyres
  • Bottled water
  • Snack food
  • Blankets

Media visits, filming & photography

Mt Dobson Ski Area operates under a license issued by the Department of Conservation. As such, any commercial filming or photography needs to meet the guidelines of the operating license. Please contact us before you visit.


Flying and filming from drones is becoming popular. Mt Dobson is also popular with helicopters and aeroplanes on sightseeing flights. So before you fly, please read the New Zealand AirShare drone guidelines.

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