Uphill Access Policy
Please read the below fully before heading uphill! All uphill users are encouraged to call 970-754-3049 before each trip - find out where grooming operations are occurring and get suggested routes!
Non-lift access to ski area facilities; such as uphill snowshoeing, fat-tire biking, hiking or "skinning", may present high danger of personal injury to participants or others and therefore may be limited or forbidden based on conditions, on-mountain activity and/or mountain policy.
Vail Associates, Inc (VA). and the United States Forest Service (USFS) encourage use of public land. Users should be aware that the public lands comprising Vail areas are under permit to VA by the USFS. While enjoying these permitted lands, users must abide by VA and USFS’s restrictions and recommendations, including those summarized below.
The following summary of restrictions and recommendations for Uphill Travel to Vail is provided for your information and education and is available in all ticket offices. Designated uphill trails and operational or other restrictions should be obtained daily by calling the Trails Hotline, Vail 970.754.3049
Ski Area provided emergency services are only available when the ski area is open during normal daytime operating hours.
1. Use of Ski Area Facilities
Under Colorado law, any person using any of the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. Skier’s responsibilities under Colorado law include, but may not be limited to, controlling speed and course at all times and maintaining a proper outlook. Using a ski area for any purpose can be HAZARDOUS and the skier assumes all risks.
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing including: Changing weather conditions, existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collision with natural objects, man-made objects or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.
The Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to includes CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.
2. Year-round Mountain Operations
Be aware that roads and trails on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains may be used for many purposes and that construction and or maintenance activities take place 24 hours per day. You may encounter vehicles on any road or trail at any time; be very cautious and yield the right-of-way. Additionally, obey all posted warnings and trail closures.
The ski area begins 24 hour operations during the fall to prepare the slopes and trails for opening; 24 hour mountain operations continue through the ski season. Activities may include snowmaking, snowcat and winch cat operations. Areas in which activities are taking place may be closed. a “closed” sign will be placed in the bottom of the closed area to inform those hiking uphill of the closure. Closure information will also be available on the Trails Hotline. When such closures exist, only authorized personnel are permitted in closed area.
In accordance with a USFS Supervisor’s closure, no vehicles are allowed on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains unless they have specific authority from VA or the USFS.
Forest Supervisor Order Number 98-02
Pursuant to 36 CFR, Section 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within the Vail Ski Area permit boundary within the White River National Forest, until further notice.
- Possessing or using any vehicle off Forest Development Roads
- Using any motorized vehicle on Forest Development Road 711 (Main Mountain Road)
- Using any motorized vehicle, or bicycle, on a trail posted as closed to motorized vehicle or bicycles\
- Shortcutting a switchback in a trail
The following persons are exempt from this order:
- Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act
- Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty
4. Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Etc.
Cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers are bound by Colorado Skier Safety Act, as amended, and should abide by Your Responsibility Code.
Skiers must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time. When engaged in any of these activities one should:
During Daytime Operations
- Call the trails hotline
- Stay towards the side of the trail.
- Position yourself so that you are visible from above.
- Wear brightly colored clothing.
- Dogs are not allowed.
- Obey all pertinent signage.
- Avoid all areas where machinery is operating.
During Nighttime Operations
- Call the trails hotline
- Abide by all of the above-described recommendations.
- Wear reflective materials.
- Carry a light.
- Avoid all areas where machinery is operating
- Keep dogs on a leash
- Be aware that ski area emergency services are not available.
In accordance with a USFS Supervisor’s closure, snowmobiles are only permitted on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains when owned, operated or authorized by VA. Any such snowmobile operators must be qualified, their snowmobile registered and both must comply with pertinent safety requirements. Snowmobile use not authorized by VA is strictly prohibited.
6. Mountain Bikes
During the winter operating season, the use of mountain bikes on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains is strictly prohibited. Please use the following trails approved for Fat Tire Bike use in the Eagle-Holy Cross district:
- East (FSR 415) and West (FSR 400) Brush Creek from the Forest Service administrative boundary on County Road 8 to Yeoman Park and Sylvan Lake.
- Gypsum Creek Road (County Road 102 / FSR 412) from the Forest Service administrative boundary for approximately 6-7 miles.
- West Lake Creek (County Road 25A) for 3 miles.
- Red Sandstone from the start of the FSR road off the pavement until the gate and the start of grooming at the kiosk approximately .5 miles.
- Sheephorn Road (County Road 401) for 6 miles.
7. Winter Camping
Winter camping by the public is not allowed within the ski area’s special use permits unless authorized by the permitee and or USFS..