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Uphill access is closed as we prepare for opening the mountain. Thanks for your understanding!

Please read the note below from our General Manager, Davy Ratchford about Uphill Access right now, November 2020. 

As a reminder, Uphill Travel is closed at Snowbasin as we get ready for the upcoming winter season. With all the fresh snow we have received, we understand everyone's excitement to get on the slopes. 

However,  it is both dangerous and against the rules to be on the mountain at any time right now. Last night a snowcat was driving in the blizzard and came upon two travelers going up the mountain. This is incredibly irresponsible and dangerous. Many resorts have disallowed uphill travel for these very reasons and it's looking more likely that we may have to also do the same. We have been very supportive of this adventurous community and have worked directly to communicate our basic requests for safety when we are allowing uphill. It’s sad to see the few that flagrantly abuse this privilege and then verbally abuse our staff who are simply informing a rule, supported by the Forest Service, that directly impacts their safety.

Now more than ever people will want to social distance and travel uphill and I really want to support this great privilege. But time and time again we’ve seen some people just not care for the basic rules and put themselves and others at great risk. Please remember to stay up to date with our policies, so it doesn't get ruined for everyone. We recommend you sign up for text alerts, by texting UPHILL to 42427 and joining the Snowbasin Uphill Travelers Group on Facebook. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be closely looking at this policy and we will be announcing our decision on uphill travel soon.

Davy Ratchford 
General Manager 

Uphill Travel Protocol During Pre and Post-Season

Safety considerations, maintenance or operational requirements, grooming operations, snowmaking operations, special events, avalanche hazard reduction work, wildlife or resource considerations, or construction, may cause public risk management issues to exist. To protect the public from potential hazards that may exist, prior to the opening of the ski season and postseason, the ski area is authorized, with Forest Service pre-approval, to close areas subject to those potential hazards and to post signs at typical uphill access points closing those areas.

The uphill travel routes are not required during pre and post-season. All mountain areas are open, at your own risk.

Uphill Travel Protocol Before Operating Hours During Winter Operations

During the Ski Season, Uphill Travel is Allowed on Green Days from 4:00 am - 9:00 am. The 'Uphill Travel Status' is posted on Snowbasin's Mountain Conditions page at 4:00 am daily to alert guests if the conditions are green or red. The daily status may also be found by calling the Snow Phone at 801-620-1100 or signing up for text alerts by texting UPHILL to 42427. Uphill travel goes red at 9:00 am. We are no longer offering night uphilling EXCEPT during the Full Moon each month. Uphill travel is only open to skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers. We do not allow fat biking on our uphill route.

RED DAY = No uphill traffic permitted (usually avalanche reduction days), if found on the mountain, there will be consequences.

GREEN DAY = Uphill travel permitted if you abide by the following rules:

  • Uphill travel is only open to skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers. We do not allow fat biking on our uphill route.
  • When traveling uphill, stay in the middle of the trail.
  • If you come to a sign that reads “Winch Cat Ahead”, this ends your ascent. Do not travel around winch cats.
  • All uphill travelers must be equipped with lights ON, front and back. (all times)
  • No dogs are allowed on the mountain.
  • Only stop where you can be seen from above and below.
  • Your uphill route is your downhill route.
  • All uphill travel must cease by 9:00 am.
  • For everyone’s safety, stay on the approved route. If found off the approved route, there will be consequences.
  • In accordance with Snowbasin's Backpack Policy, transporting a child in a backpack or a front-pack is not allowed. Click the link below to view our full safety policy.


Approved Routes During Winter Operations

During winter operations, ONLY approved routes are:

  1. Powder Puff > School Hill or Snowshoe Road > School Hill > Bear Hollow > Sweet Revenge > Needles Lodge
  2. Cut off Sweet Revenge to Middle Bowl Traverse > Porky Traverse > Strawberry Traverse > Needles Lodge

Use the same route downhill unless the mountain is open after 9:00 am. All uphill travel must cease by 9:00 am. Please do not go off the approved route, if found off the approved route there will be consequences. This is for everyone’s safety. The cache road that accesses Strawberry from Snowbasin Road is only for employee travel.

Uphill Travel Map