Safety is a huge concern to the OutdoorMore team. One of our goals throughout every phase of the
Pinehurst project has been to make the area incrementally safer every year.
- In Phase 1, we graded the hill, made the sliding areas much wider, removed problematic trees,
and removed bumps and knuckles which caused many sledding accidents in the past. We also
made the runout area longer and moved the parking lot to avoid sled/car accidents.
- Before Phase 2 of the project even started, we purchased a snow grooming machine and a
tubing lanemaker. If the winter of 2014-2015 would have provided us with more natural snow,
we could have had dedicated snow tubing lanes, but Mother Nature did not cooperate in early
2015. We will need to wait until we have the ability to make snow for this improvement.
- In future Phases, the hill will be more organized. Ski Patrol and paid OutdoorMore, Inc. staff
members will be on site during open hours to help ensure a safe environment for all patrons.
Our insurance carrier will also have a big role in directing us in the safest way to operate the hill.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department held a safety awareness day at Pinehurst on January 10,
2015. The warming house is staffed most weekday afternoons, and staff members are helping teach
people how to more safely use the hill. In addition, helmets can be checked out free of charge during
Our hearts ache when we hear of accidents at the hill. Several of our board members have either injured
themselves or have kids who have been injured at Pinehurst, so we know the dangers of the hill first
hand. We are making progress toward a safer hill that can be used for a wider variety of activities and
serve a greater number of community members.
We cannot eliminate accidents from happening, but we hope to minimize them each year through
planning, organization, and education. Currently we are planning how to make the hill safer in Phase 2.
Once Phase 2 is underway, the hill will naturally become more organized. Mechanical lifts will naturally
separate different activities from each other. Lift attendants will be on staff to educate users how to use
the hill safely.
The community has spoken in overwhelming support of the improvements at Pinehurst Park. Everyone
must weigh the risk versus the reward when participating in activities such as sliding down an icy hill.
Pinehurst Sledding and Tubing Guidelines:
1. Wear a helmet!
2. Don’t start from the top.
3. Walk up the left (east) side of the hill, slide down on the right (west) side.
4. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
5. Never push other sledders or tubers.
6. When you get to the bottom, look up the hill immediately to see if anyone else is coming, then
7. Make your way to the walk-up area on the left side quickly.
Pinehurst Ski and Snowboard Guidelines:
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.