Uphill Policy

Update: March 2020

As has been the case since Sugarloaf closed on March 15, uphill traffic, along with all related skiing and snowboarding activities, are prohibited on Sugarloaf property. Initially this policy was due to ongoing cat and snowmobile traffic on the mountain while we worked to shut things down. This policy will continue for a number of reasons:

• There are no services available at the current time, including ski patrol and first aid, meaning a response to any injury would be significantly delayed and require local emergency rescue services
• We want to encourage proper social distancing as recommended by health officials, and discourage group gatherings on the mountain and in our parking lots
• We want to encourage everyone to follow the advice of health officials and refrain from unnecessary, recreational travel to our area.

Thank you all in advance for respecting this policy, and helping to keep our community healthy and safe. Our hope remains that this policy will not require strict enforcement, but going forward our security team will be working to disperse any groups of people congregating in parking lots or other areas around the mountain.

We will all get through this together, and the mountain will be waiting when we do. We can't wait to see you back here then.

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.

  • Ski Patrol reserves the right to close the mountain to these activities at any time due to severe weather, dangerous surface conditions, or other factors. Also, Ski Patrol may, at any time, change the approved route of uphill travel based on mountain operations.

    Your route cannot interfere with existing snowmaking or grooming equipment and operations.

    Any changes to these policies due to weather, mountain operations, or other factors will be posted on a signboard located on the trail map sign at the bottom of the SuperQuad. All climbers should plan to check this board prior to setting out.  Ski Patrol will be at the bottom of Double Runner Chair from 6:45-7:00am to answer any questions.

  • All uphill skiers and riders are required to a valid season pass or day ticket, and it must be visible. 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 at Guest Services.

  • 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 8:30 am. As always, downhill traffic is limited to open terrain only.
    Ski Patrol clears the mountain of all guests and employees at the end of operating hours every day. If you are on the mountain at this time you will be asked to ski down.

  • After 8:30am, uphill travel is limited to Windrow and terrain west of Windrow from the base of the mountain to Bullwinkle's, and the Timberline trail from Bullwinkle's to Spillway Crosscut or the Summit. Please use the roped area on the east side of the Timberline trail when travelling up the steep pitch above Bullwinkle's. 

    There is a designated uphill skin track to the west of Glancer, originating at the bottom of the trail and ending at Horseshoe. This is the suggested uphill route. (Look for signs.)

    Bracket Basin and Burnt Mountain are also open to uphill traffic when they are designated as open by Ski Patrol.

     Spillway Crosscut is closed to uphill traffic at all times.

    Climbers planning to skin above Spillway Crosscut are required to check in with Ski Patrol at the top of the Skyline lift.

    When travelling uphill, please climb in single file and ensure that you are visible to downhill traffic at all times.

  • ·         Uphill travel equipment is required to have metal edges, a restraining device or brakes, and an industry-improved binding. (AT skis, tele skis, splitboards, and snowhoes are all fine.)

    ·         Nordic equipment is not permitted above the Base Lodge.

    ·         Bicycles are not currently permitted on Sugarloaf's alpine trail network, except as part of designated, resort endorsed bicycle events.

  • Sorry, for the safety of pets and other guests, pets are not permitted on the mountain trail network during winter months above the base lodge.