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Resort Policies page

Lee Canyon reserves the right to modify, change, or suspend these policies at any time.


Only those with approved snow sliding devices may permitted on Lee Canyon Chairlifts and ski operating area.

Approved Devices

  • Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Telemark/AT skis
  • Splitboards
  • Monoski
  • Ski-Blades
  • Adaptive equipment such as sit-skis
  • Boot skis
  • Snowdecks *with leash & bottom ski attachment
  • Trikes *with leash
  • Snow scooters *with leash product or device.

Prohibited Devices

  • Snowshoes
  • Tubes/sleds
  • Snowskate (without bottom ski attachment)
  • Cross country skis
  • Shoe traction devices
  • Converted bikes
  • Fat bikes
  • Airboards
  • Body sleds
  • Plastic boards/skis
  • Ghosky
  • Toboggans
  • Tandem skis



Lee Canyon is committed to making our resort a healthier place to play, work, and enjoy the natural environment. No smoking is allowed anywhere inside the resort. For the purposes of this policy, “smoking” and “tobacco use” are defined to include: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and any other smoking product or device.

Drugs & Alcohol

Due to our contract with the US Forest Service, we have a strict policy against substances at our resort; we ask that you please respect our policy. The legalization of marijuana does not allow for use in open areas or in any public spaces, so we ask that you refrain from using on our property.

Please be aware that your right to possess and use marijuana, in any form, in Nevada does not apply when you are on federal land. All facilities at Lee Canyon, including the parking lots, are 100% located on US Forrest Land. The use, transport, and possession of marijuana is illegal on national forests and other federal lands.

Outside Food & Drink

No outside food or drink is permitted inside the resort. All guests will be asked to dispose of these items or return them to your car.


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 skinning with skis or splitboard, 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

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.

Getting Access:

A Mandatory Agreement of our Uphill Travel Terms must be completed prior. Uphill travel without this agreement may be considered as trespassing.

The “Uphill Agreement” is MANDATORY for all uphilling guests, including season pass holders. Your Agreement can be registered at the Guest Service Office in the Bristlecone Base Area between 8:30am and 3:30pm daily or obtained online prior to arrival through the online store.

Access to the ski area permit area or trails at any time, with an Uphill 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 outside of 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

  1. Before uphilling, obtain an uphill pass from the Guest Services Office or through the online store.  The same uphill pass may be used all season.
  2. Uphilling is only allowed between dusk and 3:00 pm (No uphilling between 3:00pm and dusk).  If traveling near dusk, fluorescent and/or reflective clothing is highly recommended.  Use a headlamp or flashlight.
  3. Check uphill travel information and status on our website before arriving at the ski area.  On arrival at the ski area, double-check uphill travel status by reviewing signage at the base area and on-mountain 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.  Note that Lee Canyon operates military artillery to mitigate avalanche risks so be extra cautious to obey all closures.  
  4. Uphill travel is only permitted with the following equipment, skis with skins, splitboards with skins, and snowshoes. BOOT ONLY HIKING IS NOT PERMITTED.
  5. Follow designated uphill routes only.  If uphilling above lift served terrain, exit through designated gates only. Do not duck rope lines.
  6. Yield and steer clear of downhill users and ski area machinery, i.e. grooming machines and snowmobiles.  Adhere to the Your Responsibility Code to avoid conflict with downhill users and ski area personnel.  Stay to the edge of the trail when ascending.  
  7. Do not descend trails that are freshly groomed or have new snow on them before ski area lifts are in operation.  Uphilling is a privilege and may be revoked.  
  8. Use of the terrain park or any terrain feature 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.
  9. Dogs are NOT ALLOWED to uphill and NOT ALLOWED on any ski run.
  10. Follow all directions from ski area staff.  If your presence in the ski area permit boundary presents a hazard, impedes maintenance operations, or there are any other concerns with your presence, you may be directed by staff to use a different location or route, directed to cease uphilling, or directed to exit the ski area.  
  11. If you pack it in, pack it out.  Help keep the Spring Mountains National Recreation 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

From the Bristlecone Base Area to the Top of Sherwood Lift: Ascend Blackjack on the right edge of the trail (looker’s right/skier’s left), then connect to the left edge (looker’s left/skier’s right) of High Roller. To uphill above lift served terrain, exit through High Roller gate at the top of High Roller.

From the Bristlecone Base Area to the Top of Bluebird Lift: Ascend the Strip on the right edge of the trail (looker’s right/skier’s left).  To uphill above lift served terrain, exit through Three Springs or Mystic gates.

From the Ponderosa Base Area to the Bristlecone Base Area: Ascent Rabbit Peak on the right edge of the trail (looker’s right/skier’s left).

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Any violation of the following resort policies may involve suspension of your resort access privileges including the revocation of your day pass or season pass and could include permanent denial of access to the resort. The unauthorized use of any drone equipment may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Lee Canyon prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by anyone including recreational users and hobbyists – without prior written authorization from the resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Lee Canyon’s operational boundaries. Examples of specific hazards include the danger to operating chairlifts and interference with medical evacuation helicopters.

This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the resort boundaries which may then enter the airspace above the resort. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and / or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by this Resort.


Pets are allowed on the property as long as they are well-behaved, on a leash, and never left unattended by their owner. Pets are not to be left in or tied to a vehicle. We will report any significant concerns for animal welfare to our local law enforcement officers.

Pets are NOT allowed inside any building or restaurant – but they can enjoy our patios & decks. Service animals are allowed indoors. Service animal means any animal that is trained to do work or perform tasks for, and to assist, an individual with a disability. All other animals, including emotional support, comfort, or companion animals, are not considered service animals.

Pets are NOT allowed on snow or any of our mountain trails.

During the winter season, pets are NOT allowed to ride our lifts. During the summer, leashed pets are welcome to ride our scenic chair rides at the discretion & sole liability of their owners.

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