Uphilling in Aspen


What Is Uphilling?

Going up? Also known as ski touring or skinning, uphilling refers to the act of hiking up a mountain typically on skis or a split board with specialized equipment such as sticky coverings on the bottom of skis or specialized bindings that release from the heels with the goal to traverse uphill. Uphilling is accessible on all four mountains at Aspen Snowmass—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk.

Where Can You Go Uphilling in Aspen?

At Buttermilk, Snowmass, and Aspen Highlands, uphillers are granted access even during operating hours on specified designated routes. On Aspen Mountain, skinners can ski tour up outside of lift operation hours.  The Uphill policies for all four mountains can be found here.

Where Can You Rent Equipment?

Equipment is available for rent at a number of places in town including Ute Mountaineer, Four Mountain Sports, Performance Ski and the new Cripple Creek Backcountry location in Aspen.

How Can You Learn More?

The 2nd annual Aspen Uphill Symposium, returning March 31-April 2,  demonstrates why Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley sit at the headquarters for the uphill industry with experts sharing information at multiple discussions, tours and on mountain activities.

Can't make it to the event? Check out this online uphilling guide. Locals and visitors can now book private lessons with an expert uphill Pro from Aspen Skiing Company. To book your lesson call 877-671-1574 at least 48 hours in advance to check on availability. 



Did you know the Ute Mountaineer offers free uphill rentals for Friday Uphill Socials? Details below, contact the Ute for more info.

"The Ute Mountaineer is offering FREE Uphill Rentals for anyone who participates in the Uphill Socials! Pick up Thursdays after 5pm and return Friday by 10am and the rental is FREE (please bring a credit card for security deposit).

They will even throw in a token for a Free Beer at Aspen Tap compliments of Aspen Brewing Company!"

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