Aspen Skiing Company maintains an open boundary on all four of our mountains with the following exceptions: Loge Bowl, Child's Play and Gray Areas at Highlands and the lynx mitigation area at the bottom of Split Tree in Snowmass. Boundary ropes and signs delineate the resort limits and the services provided within the boundary. You have the freedom to leave and return to the resort anywhere you choose as long as the terrain is open. As with all freedoms, there are corresponding responsibilities.
The Forest Service has located access points at various sites along the boundary ropes. We ask that you use these access points if you choose to access the backcountry. As you pass through these access points you will note a sign reading: “This is your decision point. Backcountry risks include death” and the skull and crossbones.
You are responsible for all aspects of your safety in the backcountry. You are on your own. Backcountry rescues are conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and you may be financially responsible for your rescue.
Patrol often closes terrain within the boundary of the resort, almost always for safety concerns. All terrain openings and closures are at the discretion of the Mountain Manager and Patrol Director. This terrain can be marked with a sign reading closed, a rope or both. Although patrol will make every effort to clearly mark closed areas, under state law you are responsible for knowing which areas are closed. Whiteouts, wind or human removal of signs or rope, coverage by snow, or the fact that other people are violating closures does not change your responsibility. Violating an in-bounds closure can result in fines up to $1,150 and loss of skiing privileges.
If you choose to leave our boundary you are responsible for knowing where you are and where you are going. You may not trespass after leaving the boundary. You may not reenter the resort in a closed area.
Aspen Skiing Company supports your right to access these public lands and your acceptance of the personal responsibilities that accompany this right. Please note that this is not the policy at most resorts. You are responsible for knowing the rules of the resort you are visiting.
We are passionate skiers and snowboarders. No one knows the risks of our sports more than we do. Access this terrain with respect, knowledge and the proper equipment.
As Ski Patrol says: “Have Fun. Be Safe. Love All.”