Four Mountains to Uphill

Earn your turns on your next ski day. Uphilling has become a favorite winter activity for locals and visitors alike at Aspen Snowmass and we want to share the fun. For those of you who just can't get enough time on the slopes and want a unique on-mountain experience, uphilling is a great workout with a sweet reward.


What is uphilling, you might ask? Uphilling is the act of traversing up a mountain on skis or a split board with specialized equipment including skins (the sticky coverings on the bottom of skis) and specialized alpine touring bindings. If you're new to uphilling, Aspen Snowmass offers uphilling lessons and alpine touring equipment rentals are available at all Four Mountain Sports locations.


All four mountains of Aspen Snowmass accommodate uphill skiers with designated routes to ensure safety as well as a scenic and enjoyable route to the top. Learn more on each mountain's uphill page.

Uphilling Policies

Uphill policies vary by mountain. Please refer to individual mountain policies below for rules and regulations.

Uphilling Routes

Distance, vertical climb, and difficulty vary by mountain and by route. Know before you go!

Snowmass
  • Base Village (8,447') to Sam’s Knob (10,620'): 2,173 feet of elevation gain
  • Base Village to Big Burn: 3,388 feet of elevation gain
  • Base Village to Elk Camp Restaurant: 1,368 feet of elevation gain
  • Base Village to top of Elk Camp: 2,878 feet of elevation gain
Aspen Mountain
  • Base to Sundeck Restaurant: 3,267 feet of elevation gain
Aspen Highlands
  • Base to Merry Go Round Restaurant: 1,950 feet of elevation gain
  • Base to Loge Peak: 3,650 feet of elevation gain
Buttermilk
  • Main to Cliffhouse Restaurant: 1,842 feet of elevation gain
  • Tiehack to Cliffhouse Restaurant: 1,683 feet of elevation gain
  • West to CIiffhouse Restaurant: 1,027 feet of elevation gain

Uphilling events

Whether you're a casual uphiller or a competitive athlete, join us for one of our uphilling events

UpHilling Gear Rentals

Alpine touring rentals are available at all Four Mountain Sports locations.

Your Alpine Touring package will include:
  • Skis: Dynafit Speedfit 84 and Speedfit 84W with skins
  • Bindings: Dynafit Radical 2
  • Boots: Dynafit Radical and Radical W
  • Poles

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Uphilling Lessons

Uphill Locals Clinic
Uphill Locals Clinic

UPHILL LOCALS CLINIC


This one day uphill clinic is designed to introduce participants to the joy of experiencing the mountain from the bottom up! Guides will share tips and proper use for: boot/binding interface, clothing/layering, hydration and nutrition for uphill fitness, putting skins on/off the skis or splitboards, walking uphill at a reasonable pace, proper routes and ski area rules for up-hill traffic, transitioning to downhill mode, and enjoying the ski or ride down!

Dates: December 13, 2019 and February 7, 2020
Location: Buttermilk / Tiehack
Meeting time & location: 10am base of Buttermilk
Pricing: Check back soon

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Uphill clinic Aspen Snowmass
Uphill clinic Aspen Snowmass

UPHILL PRIVATE LESSON


Want to learn more about uphilling? You can arrange for an Uphill Private Lesson (inbounds) with one of our expert uphill Pros. Instructors will share tips and proper use for: boot/binding interface, clothing/layering, hydration and nutrition for uphill fitness, putting skins on/off the skis, walking uphill at a reasonable pace, proper routes, etiquette and transitioning to downhill mode. Participant must be an intermediate or above skier and should be acclimatized and feel aerobically comfortable with hiking uphill in the high altitude mountain environment. Advance uphill private lesson reservation and payment are required.

Rates:

Advance Purchase: $845
In-Resort: $895
Peak In-Resort: $965

Equipment:
Equipment is not included in the private lesson rate and can be rented at all Aspen Four Mountain Sports Locations.

To Reserve: Please call 877-671-1574 at least 48 hours in advance to check on availability and to make your Uphill Private Lesson Reservation.

Participant Requirements:
Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participant must be an intermediate or above skier and should be acclimatized and feel aerobically comfortable with hiking uphill in the high altitude mountain environment.

Colorado Search and Rescue

Colorado Search and Rescue Logo
Colorado Search and Rescue Logo

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. Cards are $3 for one year, $12 for 5 years.

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