Operations Update:

Due to anticipated extreme cold temperatures, lift operations will be limited on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4. Please visit the Mountain Report for complete details before heading to the mountain. 

Uphill Policy

Uphill Update

Due to active logging operations during the week, all trails west of Windrow are closed Monday-Friday (including the crosscuts from the West Mountain trail). Windrow is NOT open to uphill traffic. The West Mountain trail and lift will only be open on weekend days for condo access. For your safety, please respect all posted terrain closures. Patrol will have a presence in these areas, and anybody found in closed areas regardless of the reason will have their pass revoked.

Sugarloaf embraces uphill skinning and snowshoeing. For the safety of everyone on the mountain, we ask that anyone participating in these activities adhere to the following guidelines. All uphill travel is done at each individual's own risk.

Uphill Access Policy

Please read carefully, as our uphill access policy has changed.

*Important: All uphill skiers and riders must review the Mountain Report and check the Ski Patrol whiteboard located on the trail map sign at the bottom of the SuperQuad every day prior to climbing. Any variations to the policy based on weather, open terrain, snow conditions, or other factors will be outlined in these two locations. 

Uphill Access Routes

Uphill activities are limited at all times to the following trails:

  • Windrow
  • West Mountain
  • Horseshoe
  • Timberline

In addition, Burnt Mountain is also open to uphill traffic whenever it is designated as open by Ski Patrol.


The mountain opens to uphill travel at 7am, and to downhill traffic at 8:30am. No downhill traffic is permitted prior to 8:30am. As always, downhill traffic is limited to open terrain only.

Ski patrol performs closing procedures at end of operating hours every day.  After-hours travel of any kind is not allowed on any trails. If you are on the mountain at this time you will be required to ski or ride down. 


Uphill travel equipment is required to have metal edges, a restraining device or brakes, and an industry-approved binding. (AT skis, tele skis, splitboard, and snowshoes are all fine.)

Nordic equipment is not permitted above the Base Lodge.


All uphill skiers and riders are required to have a valid season pass or day ticket. If you do not intend to ride a lift at any point during the day, you can purchase an Uphill Access day ticket or an Uphill Access Season Pass. Both are available to purchase online at the links below, or in person at any ticket window. 

Sorry, pets are not permitted on the mountain trail network above the Base Lodge.

Note: Ski Patrol reserves the right to close the mountain to uphill activities at any time due to severe weather, dangerous surface conditions, or other factors. Ski Patrol may also change the approved routes of uphill travel at any time base on mountain operations.

Uphill Access Tickets & Passes