Obey All Avalanche Closures!
Lee Canyon and other ski areas have seen an increase in uphill travelers within the ski area boundaries. Uphill travel includes hikers, skinning with skis or split-board, and snowshoers. While uphill travel in the ski area boundary may seem harmless, it creates safety concerns for uphill and downhill recreationists, ski area operations, and ski area staff when the area is open and after hours/pre-opening when the area is being maintained with heavy machinery, and at times, explosives for avalanche mitigation including military artillery. Uphill travel is not permitted at many ski areas for these reasons.
Lee Canyon (the “ski area”) and the United States Forest Service (“USFS”) encourage the use of public lands. The ski area is located on public land and operates an alpine ski area through a Special Use Permit granted from the USFS. The uphill travel policy reflects our commitment to seek a balance between mitigating safety concerns of uphill travel as a recreation use within the downhill ski area/Special Use Permit area with the reasonable needs we have in operating a sustainable and successful ski area.
A complimentary “Uphill” Pass must be picked up at Guest Services upon arrival.
Access to the ski area permit area or trails at any time, with or without a day pass/season pass, is at your own risk and you assume all risks associated with your use of ski area property. Such risks include falling and downed trees or limbs, deep snow conditions and tree wells, unstable snow and ice conditions including but not limited to slides and avalanches, wildlife encounters, snowmaking operations, snowmobiles, snow cats, bare spots, rocks, stumps, changing weather conditions, collision with natural, man-made objects or other skiers.
The ski area is a mountain environment that requires your highest alertness, common sense, and caution at all times. Read and obey all signs and rope lines. If you become lost or injured after normal ski area operating hours or outside the ski area permit boundary, assistance, and medical care may be limited and take a long time to arrive. You may be held responsible for the cost of search and rescue.
Uphill Travel Protocol
- Check uphill travel information and status on our website before arriving at the ski area. On arrival at the ski area, double-check the uphill travel status by reviewing the base area and on-mountain signage before and during the ascent. Closed trails and terrain may not be marked or signed from the top or bottom of the trail but information regarding closures can be found by checking with Lee Canyon Ski Patrol. It is your obligation to be sure you are using only open trails and terrain.
- Follow designated uphill routes
- Yield and steer clear of downhill users and ski area machinery, i.e. grooming machines and snowmobiles, until moving entities are well away from you. Adhere to the Skier Responsibility Code to avoid conflict with downhill users and ski area personnel. Stay to the side of the trail when ascending and off of freshly groomed areas during ascent or descent.
- Access to the terrain park is prohibited outside of normal operating hours. Features may not be fully constructed, maintained, or tested, and snowmaking or other maintenance operations may be ongoing at any time. Snow grooming equipment and personnel may be working in the park outside of normal operating hours.
- Dogs are NOT permitted within the ski area boundary, i.e. on the ski runs or in the base area.
- If traveling in the ski area in the dark, fluorescent and/or reflective clothing is highly recommended. Use a headlamp or flashlight.
- If your presence in the ski area permit boundary presents a hazard or impedes maintenance operations as determined by ski area staff, you may be directed by staff to use a different location or route. You must follow such directions.
- Even if you are headed uphill, you may be asked to exit the ski area trails when Ski Patrol conducts its evening sweep at closing time. You may re-enter the ski area trails after the mountain has been cleared by Ski Patrol.
- If you pack it in, pack it out. Help keep the Spring Mountain National Recreational Area clean for all.
Within the Lee Canyon Special Use Permit area, uphill travel is permitted on designated routes under conditions that don’t adversely impact avalanche mitigation, grooming, snowmaking, parking, snow removal, maintenance, or other ski area operations. Uphill travel and downhill recreation by uphill travelers is restricted within the ski area boundary to designated uphill routes and open downhill trails or areas. Specific uphill routes can change or may be closed at any time due to safety concerns or hazardous conditions.
Designated Uphill Routes
Sherwood Chair to Dolomite Ridge: Ascend Blackjack on right edge of trail (looker’s right), then connect to left edge of High Roller. Exit through High Roller gate at top of High Roller/Keno.
Bluebird Chair to Three Springs, Bristlecone Ridge or Westbowl: Ascend the Strip on right edge of trail (looker’s right), then connect to right edge of Bimbo until you re-connect to the Strip. Exit through Three Springs, Mystic, or West Bowl gates.
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