Q: Why is a new Uphilling Pass Program being created?
A: The purpose of this pass program is to enhance the guest experience for all through increased safety education, greater and more comprehensive communication to the uphill community and reduce friction between downhill and uphill guests on the mountain. Our efforts seek to proactively prevent injuries and address issues regarding the uphiller volume, routes and impacts to grooming.
Q: Is there a fee associated with the Uphill Pass?
A: There will be a fee of $69 for an uphill pass of which $10 will be donated to Mountain Rescue Aspen. This fee is valid for one day or the entire season of uphill access. All Premier Pass products include the uphill pass at no additional cost, but passholders will need to opt-in to receive their Uphill Pass.
Q: What is required for the Uphill Pass?
A: A picture pass and signed waiver will be required to uphill for the 2021-2022 winter season. A pass is required for all uphill activities (skiing, split boarding, snowshoeing, walking, etc.). The same pass is required for both a single day and the entire season.
Q: Uphilling used to be free, why are you charging now?
A: We have seen a large uptick in the volume of uphill traffic and use of our slopes in the past few years so it is time to put attention to managing the process for all guests. There are inherent costs involved in this, including signage, ski patrol workload, route maintenance, as well as impacts on parking and facilities. A structured uphill program with pass will provide a means to educate all guests to rules, communicate closures when they occur, inform conditions, routes, terrain management, special programs and events.
Q: How can you charge for uphill access on public National Forest Service?
A: Aspen Skiing Company holds a Special Use Permit to operate our four mountains on a mix of public and private land. We have been working in conjunction with the Forest Service to better manage uphill access.
Q: What dates does the Uphill Pass program run?
A: The program runs from November 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022. In the pre-season there will be heavy traffic on the slopes with snowmaking and mountain preparations underway.
Q: How will I prove that I have an Uphill Pass?
A: An armband with a sleeve for the picture pass is required while uphilling. The armband with picture pass is the first verification and can be acquired at a ticket office. The Aspen Card page of the app will display an indicator if you have valid Uphill access.
Q: How will the Uphill Pass Program be enforced?
A: There will be periodic on mountain uphill enforcement sessions as well as on-going Patrol, Guest Services, and Mountain Ops spot checks. Our hope is that people will respect this system and self- regulate their behavior.
Q: When is uphilling allowed?
A: Uphilling is permitted from 5:00am to 10:30pm throughout the winter season (November 1 through April 30). No uphill permitted outside of these hours.
Q: Are there any temporary closures?
A: There are no pre-scheduled closures for the 2021-2022 season. There may be closures due to early season snowmaking and mountain preparation, avalanche threat and control work, crowding, events or other issues that will be communicated via email, social media, and on the Aspen Snowmass website.
Q: Does my Premier Pass give me uphill access?
A: Yes, but you will need to opt-in with all Premier, Employee, and Dependent passes.
Q: Where is uphilling allowed?
A: Uphilling is permitted on designated routes on all four of our mountains.
Q: Will I be able to bring my dog uphilling?
A: Dogs are not permitted on any mountain during ski area operating hours (7:45am-4:45pm). Outside of these hours, dogs are discouraged, but allowed. The privilege of allowing dogs on the ski areas outside of operating hour may be eliminated if we experience continued incidents.
Q: If I buy an uphill pass, can I use the lifts on each mountain?
A: No, all lifts require valid lift access via a lift ticket or season pass, which is not included with the Uphill Pass.
Q: Is an Uphill Pass required for sponsored race events that occur on your mountains?
A: A pass is not required for sponsored race events (Power of Four, America’s Uphill, Summit for Life, etc.)
Q: Is an Uphill Pass required for social events such as Moonlight Dinners and Social Breakfast?
A: Yes, an uphill pass will be required for social events.
Q: I have an IKON Pass, Mountain Collective Pass and/or CSCUSA Gold Pass, is there a discount on the uphilling pass?
A: No, there are no discounts associated with IKON or Mountain Collective Passes or CSCUSA Gold Passes.