Aspen Mountain Uphill Policy

Aspen Mountain Uphilling

Aspen Snowmass allows uphilling at its ski areas, this includes, skinning, hiking, and snowshoeing.

As was required last year, uphillers will need to remain on designated, signed routes during all operating hours. We will not be scheduling any blackout dates for the 2021-2022 season, however we will occasionally call for temporary closures for safety reasons, business levels, and snow mitigation. This information will be posted on our website, our social media outlets, the Aspen Snowmass app, and we will have signage at the base of our areas notifying public of the closure.

During operating hours, the designated uphilling routes will be treated much like a ski trail with an open or closed sign signaling if access is available at that time. We ask that all uphillers check the Aspen Snowmass App before heading out to see if their selected route is open, Climb on!

Uphill Policies At Aspen Mountain

Hours & Dates
Daily Operations hours are from 9am-4:45pm. Uphilling is permitted from 5am until 10:30pm. Uphilling at Aspen Mountain is not allowed between 9am and 4:45pm during operating hours. There may be temporary closures due to safety, business levels or snow mitigation.

  • Uphilling at Aspen Mountain is not allowed between 9am and 4:45pm
  • Dogs are not allowed on Aspen Mountain at any time during or after operational hours while skiing and riding is offered.
  • If you wish, you may download using the Silver Queen Gondola at no charge.
  • Uphillers must remain visible at all times, including during hours in which it is dark. Uphillers must stay on the side of the trail and single file. We strongly suggest using lights and reflective clothing for nighttime ascents or early morning ascents.
  • Uphillers must have their strap and uphill pass visible at all times. This is a new requirement and can be on your body or your pack.
  • Uphillers must be aware that the slopes are in use 24 hours a day, and to be on guard for snowmobiles, snow cats and other vehicular traffic operated by Aspen Snowmass.
  • Uphillers must use designated uphill tracks stated on our four mountains. Designated trails are marked by orange signs, and in some cases, marked with rope to designate a lane. See the designated route below.
  • Uphillers must be aware of downhill traffic and avoid blind spots.
  • Uphillers must stay away from all snowmaking equipment and may not cross snowmaking lines at any time.
  • All uphillers must have a valid lift ticket or pass to ride up any lifts.
  • Uphill traffic may be restricted due to pre-season preparation, avalanche mitigation efforts or ski area construction and maintenance activities.
  • Uphill traffic may be restricted or closed due to safety reasons, business levels, or snow mitigation.
  • As with downhill traffic, uphill traffic must obey all on-mountain signage, including closed runs and rope lines.
  • Carrying children or babies in backpacks or carriers is not permitted on any mountain at Aspen Skiing Company.
  • Some trails may be closed to uphill traffic during pre/post season while snowmaking and grooming operations are in effect. Please respect these closures at all times.

Aspen Mountain Designated Route:
  • America’s Uphill course, which starts up the Little Nell run to Bingo Slot, Spar Gulch, left into Deer Park and onto Silver Bell.
  • We require uphillers not only to abide by the designated uphill route rule but also the designated downhill route rule (Copper, Copper Bowl, and Little Nell).

In Case Of Emergency

Ski Patrol
Snowmass: 970-923-0530
Aspen Mountain: 970-920-0723
Aspen Highlands: 970-544-3052
Buttermilk: 970-920-0969

Please be aware that no ski area services, including Ski Patrol, are available during hours that the ski areas are not open for business. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency during non-operational hours. You are responsible for your own safety at all times while on Aspen Skiing Company property.

Colorado Search and Rescue

While Pitkin County does not charge for search and rescue, you may want to consider purchasing a Colorado Search and Rescue Card to support Mountain Rescue Teams across the high country. The cardreimbursesteams for costs incurred in searches and rescues across the State of Coloradowhich is worth considering if you plan to venture into the backcountry. Cards are $3 for one year or $12 for five years.Aspen Skiing Company supports Colorado Search and Rescue by donating $10 of every Uphill Pass sold.

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Learn More About Uphilling At Aspen Snowmass

Uphill skiers at Aspen Snowmass
Uphilling Guide