ASC allows uphilling at its ski areas, this includes, skinning, hiking, and snowshoeing. In this year of Covid-19 we will be making changes to our policies to start the season, and reserve the right to make additional changes, if needed, throughout the season.

New this year, uphillers will need to remain on designated, signed routes during all operating hours. In addition, no uphilling will be allowed during Holiday blackout periods. Finally, closures on the designated routes may be possible during heavy use times to address capacity challenges and because of other safety concerns. If we all adhere to and follow limitations during Holiday blackout periods and peak times, this will help ensure that we can all keep uphilling and skiing through the entire ski season.

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!
Uphilling at Buttermilk, Colorado
Uphilling at Buttermilk, Colorado

Uphill Policies at Buttermilk

HOURS & DATES
There will be no uphilling allowed on holiday dates December 26, 2020 - January 2, 2021 and February 13 & 14.
Daily Operations hours are from 9am-4:45pm.

POLICIES
  • Uphilling is allowed all day, 7 days a week on Main Buttermilk, Tiehack and West up designated routes only, excluding holiday dates December 26, 2020 - January 2, 2021 and February 13 & 14.
  • Dogs are prohibited between operational hours of 7:45am-4:45pm at Buttermilk during the ski season. Before and after operational hours, you may bring your dog on-mountain with you.Your dog will need to be under voice control or on a leash so as not to bother other guests or wildlife. Please pick up any pet waste and pack it out with you
  • 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 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 4 mountains. Designated trails are marked by orange signs, and in some cases, marked with rope to designate a lane.
  • 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 high business cycles, or black out days.
  • 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.
  • Uphilling at Snowmass will be allowed during operation hours(9am-4:45pm) on the designated routes marked from Base Village and the base of Two Creeks.
  • Dogs are prohibited between operational hours of 7:45am-4:45pm at Snowmass during the ski season. Before and after operational hours, you may bring your dog on-mountain with you. Your dog will need to be under voice control or on a leash so as not to bother other guests or wildlife. Please pick up any pet waste and pack it out with you.

BUTTERMILK DESIGNATED ROUTES:
  • Main Buttermilk: follows the orange disks up Columbine from the base, snakes back in the woods and then crosses Midway Avenue to Ridge Trail to the top. The main route is closed during Winter X Games, January 26-31, 2021.
  • Tiehack: up Eagle Hill to Ptarmigan. Stay right up the remainder of Ptarmigan.
  • West: up Teaser to the Bridge, under the bridge and up to Ridge Trail to the top.

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.

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