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Drone Policy

Not Allowed Without Prior Written Authorization

White Pine Resort is situated on US Forest Service land, operating under a Special Use Permit by the USFS Bridger-Teton National Forest.   The US Forest Service has specific regulations concerning the use of drones in certain areas of Forest Service land; a special permit from the Forest Service may be required prior to its use and operation on Forest Service land. Consult with the local forest service office prior to use or operation of any drone.

Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has specific regulations governing the use of drones which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Never flying above 400 feet
  • Never flying near the aerial transportation of passengers (this includes ski lifts)
  • Never flying over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people
  • Never flying near emergencies such as fires or hurricane recovery efforts

Consequently, and out of safety and privacy concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, White Pine Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or aerial drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without prior authorization.

This prohibition includes using drones for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within White Pine Ski Area permit boundaries.  This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones operated from resort property or launched from private property outside of the ski area permit boundaries that enter the permit boundaries.

Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by FAA rules and regulations, local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by White Pine Ski & Summer 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 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.

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