Breckenridge recently announced changes to their uphill skiing policy. Some of you are probably saying to yourselves, “like what??” This has to do with all those crazy people (myself included) that like to skin, cross country ski or snowshoe up the ski runs during the day or after hours. If you are an uphill skier or are thinking about trying it the new policy below contains important information about where you can go this year. Check it out:
Snowshoeing, Skinning or Hiking Uphill
People traveling uphill are bound by YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE and the Colorado Ski Safety Act. You must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time. When engaged in any of these activities you should:
NEW Route Policy
In an effort to enhance the guest experience through the season, the following route policy is being implemented. Please adhere to these routs when accessing the Breckenridge Ski Resort before or after normal hours of operation.
- Peak 7/8 Fort Mary B>Claimjumper>Lower Forget Me Not> Top of Independence- return down the same route.
- Peak 8- Springmeier>Upper 4 O’clock>Lonewolf Access>T-Bar Hut – Return down the same route
- Peak 9- Silverthorne>Lower American>Bonanza>Top Beaver Run Chair or Top of Mercury – Return down same route.
- Peak 10- Silverthorne>Red Rover>Crystal>top of Falcon – return down the same route
When Ski Area is Open to the Public – Stay off all posted CLOSED trail.
- Stay towards the side of the trail when traveling uphill.
- Position yourself so that you are visible from above.
- Wear bright colored clothing.
- No dogs are allowed on slopes when the lifts are open to the public and until Patrol sweep is down.
- Do not ski over snowmaking hoses or power cords. Ski edges will cut them.
When Ski Area is NOT Open to the Public – Stay off all posted CLOSED trails
- Stay towards middle of trail when traveling uphill.
- It is your responsibility to make yourself visible to approaching Snowmobiles or Snow Cats (especially when it’s dark or twilight).
- Wear reflective clothing; it helps make you more visible.
- Wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight (when it’s dark or twilight).
- Call 547-5627 to receive the appropriate open trails for uphill access, especially during early season mountain preparation.
- Snow Cat winching operations may be in progress. Strobe lights mean stay clear and avoid the area altogether. Please call the winch cat operations hotline at 547-5627.
- Have your dog on a leash or under voice command at all times. Dogs not under control are a safety problem.
- Please pick up your dog poop. It is your responsibility (carry a bag and shovel).
- Dogs must be off the slopes by 8:30 A.M.
- No travel on Double Black Diamond terrain.
- Stay off all terrain that is marked as “CLOSED”.
Travel above the Vista Haus
- Hiking access above the Vista Haus is limited to Upper 4 O’Clock and up the cat road to the T-Bar Patrol hut. DO NOT travel above the T-Bar Hut.
- You must ski down to the Vista Haus by the same route.
- All bowls and avalanche terrain are closed once it is swept until it is reopened by Patrol the next day.
- You must be back down to the Vista Haus by 8:15 A.M. to avoid interfering with Patrol avalanche work.
- Due to serious safety concerns hiking up the T-Bar lift line is not permitted any time during the winter. (No Access above Columbine).
- Any violations of these rules may result in suspension of lift privileges or prosecution for a criminal offense.
The above stated rules are for your safety and the safety of the employees at the ski resort. There have been a number of instances where these policies have been ignored and safety has been compromised. We can not tolerate uphill traffic interfering with our avalanche program or the safety of our daily operations. Please respect these rules so we can continue to offer uphill travel as an option. Please contact the Ski Patrol with any questions. (496 -7292)
In accordance with a USFS Supervisor’s closure, private snowmobiles are prohibited on any Breckenridge Ski Resort trails during or after hours of operation.