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Colorado Early Season Uphilling 2017-18

Posted on December 11 2017

Check out these helpful tips for uphilling at resorts this early season.

Colorado Early Season Resort Uphilling
What you need to know about the season so far
Do not believe the negative stoke about the slow start to the snow season. If you are not one of the thousands of people skinning up the resort every morning in Colorado you are truly missing out on amazing resource unique to Colorado. Resort uphill touring is an incredible way to ramp up your fitness and dial in your systems before you take your talents to the big mountains.

It is no accident that Cripple Creek Backcountry is located in two of the most uphill friendly mountain valley's in the country. In both the Roaring Fork and Vail valley's it is not uncommon to see upward of 200 people skiing up the resorts before the lifties even get out of bed. Quick access, safe snow and snow making subsidized pack make all of Colorado resorts an incredible training ground and amazing stand alone sport. But with low tide early conditions in effect there are some things you must know before heading uphill to maintain the sports incredible relationship with local mountains.

Here are some of our favorite Colorado resorts and everything you need to know about their uphill policies.

Sunlight Mountain
Sunlight Mountain is the quickest way for our staff to get on snow from the shop and a super popular uphilling location. In fact, Sunlight emailed us to say over 150 people were skinning up the mountain on Saturday, December 9th. Sunlight is not open to uphill travel for the season yet! The snow is still too thin and it is much more important for them to put down a safe base. Stay tuned for updates!
Aspen Snowmass
What can we say about the power of 4 mountains of Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Highlands? People love uphilling at them and the mountains have been incredibly accommodating.


ASPEN UPHILL GUIDE
Vail
The designated Vail uphill route starts right outside our shop in Lionshead and goes up Simba to the Eagle's Nest. This route is also still closed for the season. As soon as Simba is open and the snowmaking is done, they will open up Vail for uphill travel. We have a ton of great uphill events in Vail once the mountain runs and our Facebook page is the best place to lear more.

CALL 970-754-3049
For the most up to date policies and where to go to avoid mountain operations
VAIL'S POLICY
All Around Uphill Setups
Beaver Creek
The Beav is another great uphill location in Colorado, but as of the time of this article there is still no uphilling allowed at Beaver Creek! Once they have more terrain open there is a really liberal policy, so don't blow it early season. One of my favorite thing's is they have a recorded hotline with the most current and important information. Check it out!
UPHILL HOTLINE (970) 754 5907
Ski Cooper
Up until Friday, December 8th, Ski Cooper was truely one of the great hidden gems for uphilling in the state. Located high on Tenesee Pass, they had more snow than all the surrounding mountains and there were large swaths of powder just to the sides of the cat tracking. Now they are open for the season with 100% natural snow and one of the greatest uphill policies. All you have to do is stop into their ticket office sign a waiver and they give you a FREE reflective wrist band season pass.
COOPER'S POLICY
A-Basin
It was great to use A-Basin for uphilling as early as October this year. They also have a well developed and FREE Policy, just stop in and sign the waiver. Also they host several awesome early morning races that are great for training or getting into rando racing. You can find more info here.
ARAPAHOE BASIN
resort skiing and skiing
Breckenridge
New for last year, Breckenridge opened uphilling as long as it's not during resort hours. They are a little stricter so make sure you follow the policies below.
BRECKENRIDGE
Eldora
This is getting a bit far from the shops, but Boulder will be the next location for Cripple Creek and since we were just there for their COSMIC Race, we got a few days in ourself. Eldora's policy is very well thought out and represents the future in resort uphilling in Colorado. You have to buy an uphill season pass, but it is great that they are sharing the mountain with skinners and finding a way to expand their resources and make a little money off of it in the process.
ELDORA UPHILL PASS
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Doug Stenclik Owner of Cripple Creek BC

2 comments

  • Don: December 12, 2017

    ugh, looks like loveland reversed what used to be a pretty liberal policy: “17/18 Uphill Access Policy Change: Uphill access is no longer permitted during operating hours (8:00am – 4:30pm)”

    http://skiloveland.com/the-mountain/uphill-access/

  • Mary Catherine: December 11, 2017

    Great resource; thank you!

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