Utah Resort Drone Policies

By Yeti \ December 30 2015

Since 'drones' became available to the masses, some amazing & unique photography & cinematography has resulted. Recently, there have been several new versions of drones that have built-in athlete GPS tracking, allowing users to record without the need to manually direct the drone's path.

With that Ski Utah thought it would be helpful to compile Utah resort's policies on unmanned aeriel systems into 3 categories... although the 3rd doesn't apply to any of our resorts: No Fly "NO" • Special Permit Required "✖" • No Limitations "√"

Park City 
Powder Mountain  ✖  
Snowbasin
Snowbird
Solitude NO
Sundance
 

Detailed Resort Policies

For those resorts who have specific drone policies drafted, we have their verbiage quoted below. (note: not all resorts have documented verbiage)

Alta

Because of safety and privacy concerns, Alta Ski Area prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems or drones (including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists) within or above the ski area boundaries without a prior written authorization, which will require unique circumstances that benefit Alta Ski Area. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists. Please submit any request for a prior written authorization to Connie Marshall atconnie@alta.com or 801.799.2263.

Beaver Mountain 

Not Allowed

Brian Head
Due to safety and privacy concerns, Brian Head Resort (“Resort”) prohibits the operation or use on or above Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public (including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists) without the Resort’s prior written authorization.  This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries.  This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Resort property, as well as any launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries.  Please contact Mac Hatch at (435) 677-2035 if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any such devices. Any authorized operation of drones on or above Resort property will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and / or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by this Resort, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.  Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your access privileges to the Resort, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any prohibited equipment, and may subject violators to any liability for damages, including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and/or property, as well as legal fees.

Brighton
Automated Done use will be allowed at Brighton. The resort will permit a limited number of Drone flights per day. Automated Drone use will be restricted to specific ski runs and designated hours. Individuals in using an Automated Drone must register at the Resort Sports Desk prior to any Drone Flights. 

Cherry Peak
Not Allowed

Deer Valley Resort
Not Allowed

Eagle Point
Special permit required.

Nordic Valley
Special permit required.

Park City
Vail Resorts Statement: Usage of Drones (5.28.15)
In recent years, unmanned aerial systems (more commonly known as “drones”) have become increasingly popular among guests, event promoters and marketing teams. For safety reasons, recreational drone use is not permitted under our operating plans with the USFS. Likewise, commercial use is also prohibited on Vail Resorts’ property, except in limited circumstances when an approved operator has obtained an FAA exemption and received written permission from the resort. This includes use associated with special events, marketing and in film/photo applications.

Powder Mountain
This ski season, Powder Mountain will be debuting a flagship location for Cape Productions' drone video service. Guests can come up to Cape's geodesic dome near the top of the Sundown chairlift at the resort to purchase video packages shot by Cape's drones. Guests sign up, ride, and then receive their professionally edited drone videos. The service will be available to the public during Summit weekends throughout the ski season. For more information, visit capedrone.com

Powder Mountain Drone and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Policy:
Personal use of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at Powder Mountain is strictly prohibited. The airspace above Powder Mountain is protected space and this policy will be strictly enforced. Use of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for official Powder Mountain purposes requires prior authorization.

 

Snowbasin Resort Company Drone Policy
Due to safety and privacy concerns, Snowbasin Resort Company prohibits the operation of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, on or above the resort by the general public — including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists — without the prior written authorization from Snowbasin Resort Company. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the resort area boundaries. This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Snowbasin property, as well as any launched from private property outside of the resort area boundaries. Please contact a resort representative if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any such devices within the resort's area boundary. Any authorized operation of drones on or above Snowbasin property will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement and/or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by Snowbasin, which may include certification requirements, evidence of training completion, insurance coverage documentation, indemnification requirements and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may result in any/all of the following: suspension of access privileges to the resort; revocation of season pass; confiscation of any prohibited equipment. Violators may also be subject to primary liability for damages; including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy and physical injuries to people and/or property, as well as legal defense costs.

Snowbird - There is no unauthorized use of drones
Commercial photography crews may receive approval on an individual basis. Even with commercial crews we restrict drone usage within posted operating hours in both winter and summer. Other factors with commercial crews at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort include flying drones within the vicinity of; or within the flight path of Wasatch Powder Guides. As helicopter traffic in Mineral Basin and Peruvian Gulch is common during the winters ski season. Other limiting factors include weather, visibility, and the pilot's knowledge of Snowbird terrain. All commercial crews must receive direct permission from Snowbird Mt. Safety and Ski Patrol teams.

Solitude Mountain Resort
The use of drones is not allowed anywhere at Solitude Mountain Resort.

Sundance's drone policy:
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Sundance Mountain Resort ("Resort") prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public—including recreational users and hobbyists—without the prior written authorization from the Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Resort boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries.

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