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Uphill Policies at Snowbasin Resort

By Megan Collins Mon Dec 16 2019

Welcome to the 19/20 Snowbasin Winter Uphill Season.  I want to start by thanking our loyal guests that wake up early, put their skins on and venture up the Mountain to challenge themselves physically and mentally. We appreciate the commitment it takes and know that many of you are loyal pass holders to Snowbasin.  Thank you.

We also know that for many of you this free amenity is of huge personal importance.  The vast majority of you, obey the rules and help promote policies to those that are new to this experience.  As you know this benefit is something that many resorts have either reduced or stopped supporting all together. Some resorts have leaned into and made it a part of the operating plan.  At Snowbasin we are still evaluating the uphill policy, enhancing the communication and ensuring safety as the first and foremost need.  Unfortunately, some people purposefully violate a fair set of rules. This blatant violation is frustrating to both Snowbasin and guests that take advantage of this great privilege. 

Some have asked us why we don’t expand the uphill program.  The simple answer comes down to a question that all ski resorts deal with.  “Is this our core business and how do we ensure the safety of all parties while operating our resort for paying guests?” I would say that at Snowbasin we are still determining what we want this policy to be.  Until we can get a handle on those that violate the policy, ski next to winch cats, verbally abuse our staff when they get caught breaking the rules, I don’t see any possibility of expanding this privilege.


For this winter season a friendly reminder of our current policy. 

  • On approved mornings (weather and operational needs permitting) guests can skin up the designated route free of charge from 4:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Please look for the Red/Green Dot on the conditions page.  Better yet sign up for the text alerts that go out to guests when the route changes status. You can do that by texting UPHILL to 42427. Please re-sign up if you haven’t been receiving the text messages.
  • On Full Moon nights (weather and operational needs permitting) we allow guests to skin up the designated route
  • No day-time route.  Safety is the biggest concern and the Snowbasin Race Team currently uses the route that was available previously.

We will continue to listen to feedback and concerns.  I know this is a passion for many and I have hope that we can make this work for everyone.  I hope to personally stay engaged with you and listen to your suggestions and ideas.  Please know I care about your safety and my team’s ability to do their job in a safe and harassment free environment.  Please help us by staying on the route and helping others stay civil to our team who are out there trying to keep us all safe.

If you have specific feedback please don’t hesitate to email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



Davy Ratchford

General Manager



Megan Collins

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