Uphilling in Aspen
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. Aspen Snowmass is also holding uphilling clinics and ski tour equipment rentals at Four Mountain Sports store located downtown Aspen.
How Can You Learn More?
The 2nd annual Aspen Uphill Symposium, returning Dec. 6-9, demonstrates why Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley sit at the headquarters for the uphill industry with experts sharing information at multiple discussions, tours and on mountain activities. The event coincides with the 12 annual Summit for Life Uphill Race on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Can't make it to the event? 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. Equipment is available for rent at Four Mountain Sports' locations in Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass Mall, and Snowmass Base Village.