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Ski Area "Uphill Policies": 2014-2015

thetrailboss

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I know that a lot of folks are getting into skinning and that we've had a lot of discussion about skinning and uphill travel at areas. So I figured we'd start a thread and make it a sticky for future reference listing various ski area's "uphill policies". As always, be prepared, follow the rules, be safe, and have fun.

Here are some that I found:

Cannon: $9 ticket per day, must hike up "hiker's right" of a marked and prescribed route (Ravines to Taft Slalom). Skiers may choose any open route down. Can ONLY access terrain during OPEN hours: http://www.cannonmt.com/uphill.html

Sugarbush: Call ahead to obtain permission and get designated route(s). Ticket may be required (?) http://www.sugarbush.com/snow-trails-conditions/winter-trail-use-policy

Sugarloaf: Must have a valid pass or ticket ($10 pass for day from Guest Service desk). Must remain on open terrain and visible to downhill traffic. Suggested route is: "Windrow to Bullwinkles, and Tote Road above that point". Hours are 8:30-close. You may NOT access backcountry terrain from Sugarloaf's open terrain. http://www.sugarloaf.com/the-mountain/uphill-policy

Stowe: Uphill access during operational hours prohibited and discouraged after-hours. If skinning after-hours, AVOID resort operations. http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/conditions/uphill-travel-policy/

Smuggs: Permitted only between 6:00 am and 8:00 am, and 4:30 pm-10:00 pm (no evening access for Sterling). Note that there is no rescue services. Prescribed route for Madonna is Chilcoot; Garden Path or Snow Snake at Morse. Lights and reflective gear recommended. Do not ski on fresh groomed terrain. http://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/uphill-travel-policy.php

Sunday River: $10 access ticket available for those without a pass and who do not intend to ride lifts. The prescribed route is "skiers right on Dream Maker from the South Ridge base area and Sunday Punch from the Barker Mountain base area." No after-hours access; no access before 8:00 am on weekends/holidays, 9:00 am weekdays. Must use open terrain and may not access backcountry terrain (similar to Sugarloaf). Scroll down: http://www.sundayriver.com/winter/the-mountain/trail-maps

Wildcat: Must buy a lift ticket because of liability release. Prescribed route is: "the designated uphill route is Stray Cat to Middle Polecat to Catnap to Upper Polecat and will be identified and posted in the main base lodge at the ticket counter. Use of the mountain during the winter operating season is prohibited outside of regular operating hours." More info at: http://www.skiwildcat.com/trails-terrain.html

Killington: Must purchase a $20 Uphill ID Pass with Photo ID and sign 2014-2015 Assumption of Risk Form. Routes on both Killington/Pico vary. No access to lifts. Park in designated areas: Killington – Ramshead parking lot near the Uphill Travel sign plaza. Pico – Far left as you enter the parking lot, adjacent to the Little Pico Triple Chairlift near the Uphill Travel sign plaza. No apparent restrictions regarding time but avoid ski area operations and wear lights and reflective clothing. http://www.killington.com/site/to-do/winter/uphill_travel/index.html

Feel free to add your resort.
 

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Why is this thread a sticky?

Didn't realize that you were the moderator and/or the owner of the site :roll:

Over the decade I've been here, the primary purpose of the site has been to give folks good information. We've used sticky notes to post items of interest that folks can easily refer to if needed. I thought this fit the category. And thanks for your site....I did not know about that.
 

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I like this thread. Not sure if it deserves a sticky because a) the policies don't change often, and b) the majority of people have no intention of going uphill. Sticky or not, I'll be bookmarking it.
 

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I like this thread. Not sure if it deserves a sticky because a) the policies don't change often, and b) the majority of people have no intention of going uphill. Sticky or not, I'll be bookmarking it.

++++++++++++++++++++$@)420 . Good thread sticky not really needed in Scotttys opinion . I walk in the winter if lift is down. I learned it takes about most of a day to walk without snow on the ground up 1400to 2000 vertical in the Catskills. so I might only get one or 2 runs in vs a chair lifting my fat ssa so I keep with the chair. on side note it been fun times with others from here buring calories and having fun times with mj in the air.
 

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[...]And thanks for your site....I did not know about that.
Yes, that's very clear, since you're just reinventing the wheel here, and very incompletely at that.
(The url has been posted previously in at least one other AZ thread.)

[...]Not sure if it deserves a sticky because a) the policies don't change often, and b) the majority of people have no intention of going uphill.[...]
Many policies actually have been changing very significantly over the past few years (almost all for the better).
So we always welcome feedback on the USSMA list -- we were able to compile such a comprehensive list in large part because feedback on resorts and/or changes we overlooked.
 

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What's the worst thing to happen if you get caught without a pass? They make you ski down?

I guess if they catch you a few times it's a different story
 

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What's the worst thing to happen if you get caught without a pass? They make you ski down?

I guess if they catch you a few times it's a different story

If they wanted to be hardasses, you could be banned from the mountain for a certain period of time. So if you were to come back, you would be trespassing and could be arrested. That's my guess anyways
 

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In one publicized case, a skinner was arrested and forcibly sledded off the premises.
In another case I know, a skinner was served with a no trespassing notice.
However, both of those cases had very unusual elements that probably have no bearing on a typical "poaching" confrontation.
 

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In the recent pass my buddy and I rudely got a really bad attitude from a groomer and then quickly approached by the GM at Mt Sunapee NH after about a 100' vertical climb. We were quickly told that people pay to ski here and they are putting out a product that could not be tracked by someone not paying. Then he had one of his what I assumed was a body guard escort us right to the parking lot. Funny how they marked it all up with their snow machines.

Rude! We were just trying to have a really good day and we finally did when we drove to Crotched and skinned a few runs there. They were happy to have us on the hill! Had a good chuckle about what they did to us.

Sunapee now has an uphill policy - but you know what...NOT! $49 for an uphill season pass. Lots of rules to go along with it. Come on, it's called earn your turn, not pay your turn.

No lift backcountry is my earn your turns from now on!
 

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In the recent pass my buddy and I rudely got a really bad attitude from a groomer and then quickly approached by the GM at Mt Sunapee NH after about a 100' vertical climb. We were quickly told that people pay to ski here and they are putting out a product that could not be tracked by someone not paying. Then he had one of his what I assumed was a body guard escort us right to the parking lot. Funny how they marked it all up with their snow machines.

Rude! We were just trying to have a really good day and we finally did when we drove to Crotched and skinned a few runs there. They were happy to have us on the hill! Had a good chuckle about what they did to us.

Sunapee now has an uphill policy - but you know what...NOT! $49 for an uphill season pass. Lots of rules to go along with it. Come on, it's called earn your turn, not pay your turn.

No lift backcountry is my earn your turns from now on!

Wow. Crazy.


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