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Uphilling in Aspen

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What Is Uphilling?

Going up? Also known as ski touring or skinning, uphilling refers to the act of hiking up a mountain typically on skis or a split board with specialized equipment such as sticky coverings on the bottom of skis or specialized bindings that release from the heels with the goal to traverse uphill. Uphilling is accessible on all four mountains at Aspen Snowmass—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk.

Where Can You Go Uphilling in Aspen?

At Buttermilk, Snowmass, and Aspen Highlands, uphillers are granted access even during operating hours on specified designated routes. On Aspen Mountain, skinners can ski tour up outside of lift operation hours.  The Uphill policies for all four mountains can be found here.

Where Can You Rent Equipment?

Equipment is available for rent at a number of places in town including Ute Mountaineer, Four Mountain Sports, Performance Ski and the new Cripple Creek Backcountry location in Aspen.

How Can You Learn More?

 Check out this online uphilling guide. Locals and visitors can now book private lessons with an expert uphill Pro from Aspen Skiing Company. To book your lesson call 877-671-1574 at least 48 hours in advance to check on availability. Contact the Ute Mountaineer for details about rentals for the uphill social, 4 punch pass discount available for $150.00