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Home Uphill Access / Trail Use Policy
Home Uphill Access / Trail Use Policy

Uphill Policy

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.

Updated: January 8, 2021

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

All uphill skiers and riders should read 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. 

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.

Timing

The mountain opens to uphill travel at 7am, and to downhill traffic at 8:30am. Please note that 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. 

Equipment

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.

Tickets/Passes

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 for $10 from Guest Services.

Dogs
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.