This summer has already seen a huge explosion in backcountry ski sales. Skiers are flocking by the thousands into the ski touring world due to restricted access in resorts this season.
Many ski tourers will simply be skinning up the resort, whether it is to get exercise or to be the first one at the mid-mountain chairlift in the morning. Resorts have anticipated this, and many are updating their uphill policy accordingly. Here is a list of uphill policies ahead of the 2020-2021 season by state. Did we miss your home resort? Leave a comment and we will add it as soon as possible!
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
Uphill travel is prohibited.
Uphill travel permitted via 3 routes only (shown below). Only skinning/split boarding allowed; boot packing, snowshoeing, and hiking is prohibited. Skis and split boards must be fitted with brakes or another retention device (ski leash, etc). Uphill day ticket: $29. Uphill season pass: $149. Show a valid 20/21 Ikon Pass at any ticket window to sign a Release of Liability Waiver and pick up a free uphill access armband. https://www.mammothmountain.com/mountain/uphill-access
Uphill travel is prohibited during daytime operations. Before uphilling, call the uphill trail hotline at 209.258.7444. Dogs are prohibited. “When uphilling, stay towards the side of the trail, position yourself so that you are visible from above, wear brightly colored and reflective clothing, obey all pertinent signage, avoid all areas where machinery is operating, be aware that ski area emergency services are not available, no motorized vehicles.” https://www.kirkwood.com/the-mountain/more-options/mountain-safety.aspx?tc_1=7
During the winter ski and snowboard season uphill travel is restricted to the following routes (no map provided, see website for details): Cinder Cone Route, Pine Marten Route, Summit Route. “Check uphill travel information and status online on the snow conditions page, before leaving for the mountain. Double-check uphill travel status by reviewing base area informational kiosk and on-mountain signage before and during ascent. Dogs on leash are permitted only in parking areas at Mt. Bachelor.” https://www.mtbachelor.com/the-mountain/on-the-mountain/uphill-travel
Mt. Hood Meadows
Uphill travel is prohibited.
“Uphill users must travel on the sides of trails, avoid the primary downhill path, and maintain visibility so downhill users can avoid them. If uphill users are a contributory cause to a collision or incident, they may be held liable.” https://summitatsnoqualmie.com/uphill-travel
No official uphill policy.
“Check uphill hotline (206-812-7847) for the most up to date information and remember if the yellow light on the clock-tower if flashing, we are closed to uphill traffic. The alpine resort is closed to uphill traffic during periods of avalanche control, which typically occurs early morning, but may occur any time throughout the day. The alpine resort is closed to uphill traffic any time there is an active winch cat operating anywhere in the resort. No emergency services outside of “normal” operating hours.” https://www.stevenspass.com/the-mountain/more-options/mountain-safety.aspx
No uphill traffic allowed during operating dates. No pre-season access to Snowbird from Alta Ski Area. Allowed pre and post season except when marked by sign at the base. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/resort-uphill-travel-policies
Uphill travel is prohibited. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/resort-uphill-travel-policies
During the regular season, uphill travel is permitted on the Park City base side from 6:00pm to 8:30am on the designated route only from December 15th until closing day (see link below for route). There is NO uphill travel beyond the Angle Station. Call the Trails Hotline (435) 615-1911. https://www.parkcitymountain.com/the-mountain/more-options/mountain-safety.aspx?tc_1=7
No uphill access during ski season operations from winter through spring. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/resort-uphill-travel-policies
“Call the trails hotline to understand the approved route, 970-754-1023. Stay towards the side of the trail. Position yourself so that you are visible from above. Wear brightly colored clothing. Dogs are not allowed. Obey all pertinent signage. Avoid all areas where machinery is operating. Wear a light at night.” https://www.vail.com/the-mountain/about-the-mountain/safety-at-vail.aspx?tc_1=6
Uphilling allowed at all four mountains. To see specific uphill policies for each mountain, visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/policies/uphill-policy
Uphill allowed, with complicated restrictions. https://www.winterparkresort.com/-/media/winter-park/downloads-pdfs/access-policy-2019-2020.ashx
Uphill Access Hotline: 970-547-5627. Specific route restrictions, see website for details. Permit required ahead of time. https://www.breckpark.com/uphill-access-permit
Parking for morning uphill access users will be free from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. Parking in all lots at the resort is free between the hours of 3 p.m. – 12 midnight. Use designated routes only. See website for further restrictions and designated routes: https://www.coppercolorado.com/the-mountain/mountain-safety/uphill-access
Uphill access is not permitted during operating hours (8:00am – 4:30pm). Uphill users are prohibited from entering closed terrain at any time. It is the user’s responsibility to know what terrain is closed. Use designated routes only (see website for details). https://skiloveland.com/the-mountain/uphill-access/