Uphilling

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Earn Your Turns

Going up? Uphilling has become a growing phenomenon in Aspen and a great way to earn your turns and get first tracks without the lifts. Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, here are some helpful tips to set you "up" for success on this popular hobby. 

Getting started:

  • West Buttermilk is great for beginners. Work your way up to Tiehack and Snowmass. Aspen Mountain is the most challenging.
  • The Ute Mountaineer offers free uphill rentals for Friday uphill socials! Friday morning uphill breakfast on Buttermilk is a great way to start.
  • Carry a backpack with water, dry gloves and room for your skins on the way down. If you’re going at night, remember a head lamp. 
  • When going up a steep section, don’t lean forward on your toes as you would hiking, push into your heels to keep the highest surface area pressure with the snow.

Backcountry Skiing is not the same as uphilling on the resort! 

Uphill Policies:

  • You can uphill all day on Buttermilk & Snowmass but dogs are only allowed before 7:45am or after 4:45pm.
  • Uphilling is also allowed all day up to Merry-Go-Round restaurant on Aspen Highlands. To continue up from there, you must be past the restaurant by 9am. Dogs are allowed before 7:45am or after 4:45pm.
  • You must complete your uphilling by 9am on Aspen Mountain or wait to begin after 4:45pm. Reward your hard work with breakfast at Bonnie’s – pancakes are a must try!
  • Stick to the side of the trail to stay out of the way. Leave the middle for downhill and maintenance traffic. If you see a snow cat or ski patrol snowmobile, move as far to the side of the trail as possible. 
  • Uphillers need to remain on designated, signed routes during operating hours. The designated route is outlined on all trail maps and marked by orange signs on the way up. During operating hours, the designated uphilling routes will be treated much like a ski trail with an open or closed sign signaling if access is available at that time.
  • All uphillers should check the Aspen Snowmass App before heading out, to see if their selected route is open.
  • No uphilling during Holiday blackout periods.
  • Closures on the designated routes may be possible due to capacity challenges.
  • Additional uphill policies
Uphilling in Aspen
There's More to Uphilling than Skinning

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