Hey all Wildsnowers, I’ve been working on a couple of projects related to uphill resort skiing. We published our backcountry skier’s code some time ago, figured a version for the resort was way past due. Many resorts now have lists of their uphilling rules — sometimes quite lengthy due to parking issues and so much more. Below needs to be kept brief; to distill the important stuff that’s common to most resorts. I’m thinking the safety aspects are priority, but could we add anything cultural, courtesy related, or otherwise?
As an uphill skier, you are a guest of these resorts. Please respect their policies, employees, and patrons in order to keep this activity available.
During all uphill travel I will:
…make it a priority to check resort information (phone, internet, signs) for current uphill skiing policies, routes, etcetera.
…abide by all resort policies, laws and regulations.
…stay to the side of runs during operating hours (unless otherwise posted), and when options exist pick routes less used by downhill skiers.
…position myself so I’m visible from above.
…avoid areas where machinery is operating.
…strictly obey all dog regulations.
…be aware that resort emergency services are not available during off hours.
…not enter closed trails and terrain.
…wear bright clothing during daylight; reflective clothing (or markers) and a light source while ascending in darkness.
…consider patronizing resort food and beverage establishments, to show uphillers contribute financially.
…know that in many if not most cases, using ski resort terrain for uphilling is a privilege, not a right (check specific legalities of your destination before you go).
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.