Backcountry travel can be extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. There is no ski patrol, avalanche control or services beyond the ski area boundaries. If you choose to take responsibility for your actions, access to public lands beyond the ski area boundary may be made through U.S. Forest Service access points. Rescue in the backcountry is under the jurisdiction of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Backcountry rescues, if available and possible, are difficult and expensive.
TREE WELL AND DEEP SNOW SAFETY
If you decide to leave the groomed trails, you are voluntarily accepting the risk of a deep snow immersion accident. A deep snow or tree well immersion accident occurs when a skier or rider falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized and suffocates. Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as a NARSID or Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death. Visit www.treewelldeepsnowsafety.com and become educated on how to reduce risk through your own action and awareness.
Avalanches are an inherent risk of skiing & snowboarding. While ski patrol efforts help reduce avalanche risk within the ski area boundaries, avalanches may still occur. More information is available from the National Ski Areas Association Avalanche Safety Facts Sheet
Aspen Snowmass allows uphilling at its ski areas. Please keep in mind that uphilling is a privilege and not a right. Our rules are put in place to minimize conflicts between uphill and downhill traffic on the slopes and maximize everyone’s safety and enjoyment. 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.
Please refer to the specific uphill policy for each mountain:Snowmass Uphill PoliciesAspen Mountain Uphill PoliciesAspen Highlands Uphill PoliciesButtermilk Uphill Policies