Powder here, powder there, powder everywhere! Mother Nature is delivering snow all across the country and just in time for the weekend. No better time then now to freshen up on some tree well safety tips. In the past 48 hours we’ve seen the following numbers with more snow on the way….

Killington – 10”

Mount Snow – 19”

Sunday River – 13″

Squaw/Alpine – 27″

Aspen/Snowmass – 15″

Crested Butte –  13″

Steamboat – 17″

Alta – 25”

Snowbird –  27″

We know that many of you are tree skiing powder junkies so we want you to be safe this weekend. Please keep in mind the Top 5 Rules for Tree Well Safety.

What is a Tree Well?

A tree well is a dangerous hole or area of loose snow around the trunk of a tree. Evergreen trees in particular are known to have deep tree wells that form when the low hanging branches prohibit snow from filling in around the base of the tree. These holes are hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches.

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How to Spot a Tree Well

Tree wells are generally found in ungroomed areas. There is no easy way to identify whether a particular tree has a dangerous tree well because the branches are typically blocking any visibility of the hole. Keep in mind that most tree well accidents happen during or just after big snowfalls.

Top 5 Tree Well Safety Rules  

1. Avoid Deep Snow and Tree Areas

2. Keep Your Partner In Sight.

3. DO NOT LEAVE TO GET HELP. If your partner is buried under the snow, time is of the essence and your quick actions to pull or dig them out are your friend’s best hope for survival.

4. Resist the Urge to Struggle. The more you struggle the more likely you are to sink deeper and become further immobilized.

5. Stay Calm. If you’re able to make a breathing space around your face then carefully move your body in a rocking manner.

For more information on Tree Well Safety be sure to check out this website:  Wherever you’re skiing this weekend we hope you have a great time and stay safe!


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6 responses to “Top 5 Rules for Tree Well Safety”

  1. Dan says:

    “1. Avoid Deep Snow and Tree Areas”

    That’s sort of the point for people who enjoy glades and powder skiing. Why not just make #6 “don’t ski”

  2. YouSuckForForgettingJayPeak says:

    Ummm you forgot Jay Peak, they have gotten more snow than any New England mountain. Wait, they have “Tree Areas” no wonder why they weren’t included.

  3. non gaper says:

    im pretty sure she wasnt paying attention to who she wanted to state that and or doesnt ski…i think the point is to stay away from the evergreens that are posted up where the tree line begins…otherwise they have tree wells.

  4. Dan says:

    Some of my scariest moments have been heading towards a tree well, praying to just fall and miss the doom of whacking a tree trunk. Be safe people!

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