PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING
AVALANCHE CONTROL AND WINCH CAT OPERATIONS
Snow King Patrol and Grooming Operations Need Your Help
Avalanche control and winch cat operations present hazards to anyone in the vicinity. For the safety of skiers, boarders and hikers, as well as the safety of Ski Patrol and Cat Operators, Snow King is asking for your help.
During avalanche control work, we ask that no one travels above Slow Trail until work is complete. If you must be on the hill at all, stay below Slow Trail (see red line above. Any time there is 4 inches or more of fresh snow, or if the wind has been blowing, there is a good chance that control will take place.
During winch cat operation, you must stay entirely off the run being worked on, and well away from the anchor where the cable is tied in. The high tension cable used by the cat is extremely dangerous. Look for the flashing yellow lights on the cat and red flashing lights on the winch anchor. If you see these then the cable is out and you must choose an alternate route.
As the popularity of hiking the King grows, maintenance work becomes more difficult. If you must hike Snow King during these times, please respect the needs of our workers and do what you can to make it the safest situation possible. We are attempting to avoid accidents of any kind. Please do what you can to help us avoid limiting access to the mountain.