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 and 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. New this year, the City of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Company are partnering together for an uphilling event at Buttermilk Mountain.
How Can You Learn More?
The inaugural Aspen Uphill Weekend is a free event and open to the public taking place at Buttermilk. Participants of all levels are welcome to the events on April 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Options for uphilling include ski touring, trail running, snowshoeing, split boarding and hiking.
The base of Buttermilk Mountain will turn into a “Festival Village” with vendors, demo booths, guides, and clinics for the public. Beginners are welcome to demo equipment on Panda Peak. Food and beverage options will be available throughout the weekend at the top and the bottom of the mountain. Four Mountain Sports will be open with rental options, gear and end of season specials.
Searching for more information? Check out this online uphilling guide.