Each resort in Utah has their own policy regarding uphill travel. Resorts have the legal right to restrict or prohibit uphill travel within their boundaries, whether they operate on private or National Forest Service property. These policies have been developed to address growing interest in uphill inbounds travel and potential conflict with mountain operations like grooming and avalanche control.

December, 2014:  The Cottonwood Canyons ski areas are drafting uphill access plans in response to growing use and recent national Forest Service policy developed to address increased use at ski areas across the nation. The ski areas are working with the Forest Service to address public and resort personnel safety, reasonable access to backcountry terrain and to develop information and communication plans to disseminate information, plans and policies. It is expected that initial draft plans will be in place by mid-winter and that the plans will be adaptive to change over time. During this process, existing policies are subject to change and it is your responsibility to be aware of and honor the current restrictions in place at each resort.

The Utah Avalanche Center is providing a summary of each resort's policy here, effective November, 2014, as a service to both the resorts and the public.  If you have any questions about a policy, please contact the resort directly.

Resort Policy Alta No uphill traffic allowed during operating dates.  Uphill traffic allowed pre and post season except when marked by sign at the base.  No preseason access to Snowbird from Alta Ski Area. Brighton Uphill travel is allowed with restrictions.‚Äč

Park City


Uphill travel is permitted on the Park City base side from 6:00pm to 8:30am on the designated route only from December 15th until closing day. The designated route is from the bottom of First Time Lift, up Homerun to the Angle Station.  There is NO uphill travel beyond the Angle Station. Please follow the link to the resort web page for further details.  There is NO uphill travel on the Canyons Village base side.

Deer Valley


The following activities, SLEDDING, UPHILL TRAVEL, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, SNOWMOBILING, AND HIKING ARE NOT PERMITTED AT DEER VALLEY AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT DURING THE SKI SEASON. Nordic Valley Uphill allowed on set runs with uphill pass Powder Mountain Uphill travel is not permitted on any of the primary groomed terrain.  It is however permitted in the “hike to” areas of Raintree and Lightning Ridge.  There is also terrain specifically designated for backcountry skiing in the Wolf Creek Drainage area, please see the website for details.



Uphill travel is allowed subject to certain restrictions.  Please visit for details.



No uphill travel is allowed at Snowbird during winter and spring operating seasons.



Solitude Mountain Resort does not allow unauthorized uphill travel within the Special Use Permit Area that is within the resort area boundary at any time. 

Sundance Sundance Mountain Resort does not allow unauthorized uphill travel at any time of the day or night.



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