DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS
BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION CODES
SKI AREA SAFETY – GENERAL RULES
(By authority conferred on the director of the department of licensing and regulatory
affairs by section 6 of the ski area safety act of 1962, 1962 PA 199, MCL 408.326, and
Executive Reorganization Order Nos. 1991-9, 1996-2, 2003-1, 2008-4, and 2011-4, MCL
338.3501, 445.2001, 445.2011, 445.2025, and 445.2030)
R 408.61 Rescinded.
History: 1979 AC; 1989 AACS; 1993 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2007 AACS; 2014 AACS.
R 408.62 Motorized vehicle use policy.
Rule 2. (1) Ski area operators shall comply with all of the following with regard to
the use of motorized vehicles on ski slopes, runs or trails open to the public:
(a) Ski areas shall have a written policy that addresses all of the following:
(i) The training required for anyone to operate an authorized vehicle on open ski
slopes, runs, or trails. The training program shall be developed in consultation with the
National Ski Areas Association's publication entitled "Snowmobile Operations Resource
Guide, December 2005." The publication is available for purchase from the National
Ski Areas Association, Member Services, 133 S. Van Gordon Street, Suite 300,
Lakewood, CO 60226, Phone: (303) 987-1111, at a price of $10.00 for members or
$50.00 for non-members. The publication may be viewed by appointment at the offices
of the Bureau of Commercial Services, 2501 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, Michigan
48864, Phone: (517) 241-9228.
(ii) The recommended routes for motorized vehicles to follow when used on open
ski slopes, runs, or trails.
(iii) The circumstances under which a motorized vehicle may be used on open ski
slopes, runs, or trails.
(iv) The circumstances under which the alarm required in subrule (2)(d) of this rule
must be utilized.
(b) Report to the department within 24 hours any injury or fatality involving a
motorized vehicle on a ski slope, run, or trail.
(c) Prohibit the use of privately owned motorized vehicles in areas open to skiers.
(2) Motorized vehicles operated on ski slopes, runs, or trails that are open to the
public shall be equipped with all of the following:
(a) Lights and brakes as required pursuant to MCL 324.82122.
(b) For vehicles measuring less than 6 feet in height above the snow, a florescent
flag measuring at least 40 square inches mounted at least 6 feet above the bottom of the
tracks and visible from 360 degrees.
(c) A flashing or rotating red light conspicuously located on the vehicle, which must
be operated while the vehicle is moving in the vicinity of a ski slope, run, or trail.