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Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Welch Village Ski Area, Inc., 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 Welch Village Ski area, Inc.  This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Welch Village Ski Area boundaries.  This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Welch Village Ski Area, Inc. property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of Welch Village Ski Area, Inc. boundaries.  Please contact a Welch Village Ski Area, Inc. officer if you have any questions or if you wish to seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones.  Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by Welch Village Ski Area, Inc., 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 skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

Allowed Sliding Devices at Resort

Out of safety concerns for our guests, Welch Village allows only the following sliding devices at our resort:

Skis: Allowed with a working brake binding system or a retention device.
Snowboards: Allowed with a retention device (Snowboard binding considered OK)
Telemark Skis: Allowed with a retention device or a working brake system.
Monoskis: Allowed with a working brake system or retention device.
Snowblades: Allowed with a retention device.

Below are a few examples of sliding devices that are NOT ALLOWED at our resort:
Snow Trikes
Plastic snowboards
Sled dogs

This list is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Welch Village.

Unauthorized Ski & Snowboard Lesson Policy 

Welch Village instructors are the only individuals who are authorized to teach skiing and snowboarding lessons on Welch Village Ski Area Inc. property.  Those who are accepting payment for skiing and/or snowboarding lessons are in violation of this policy unless they have been granted permission by Welch Village management/ownership.   Those who do not comply with this policy could be asked to leave the property and/or forfeit the use of their lift ticket or season pass privilege.

Walking, Running, Hiking on Welch Village Property

Walking, running, hiking is not permitted at anytime on Welch Village Ski Area Inc. property without the permission of Welch Village ownership.  Welch Village property is private property and ownership reserves the right to allow restrict to any individual at any time. 
Uphill access on WV property & slopes and cross-country skiing on Welch Village property is not permitted. 

Crock Pots & Food Tables

Crock Pots and food tables for groups & teams  are NOT ALLOWED in our main chalets. 

Carry-On Alcohol 

No carry-on alcoholic beverages are permitted anywhere on Welch Village property as per MN Statue 340A.512. 

Loss of skiing Privileges on CLOSED areas Policy

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On-Mountain use of Service Animals During Winter & Summer Season:

Welch Village’s policy states that no animals shall be allowed on ski terrain (snow) or ski lifts during the winter or summer season. The use of service animals on ski lifts and ski terrain (snow) conflicts with Welch Village’s safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities. These safety concerns include the use of service animals on the slopes that expose the user and other skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard. 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-skiing customers not allowed on chairlifts.


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