Vail Mountain Uphill Access Policy (as of 2-19-21) Cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers, etc 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:
Checklist for Uphill Travel:
Call the Trails Hotline (970) 754-1023
Uphill travel is permitted on designated routes from 30 minutes after the lifts close until 15 minutes before first chair.
Wear reflective materials
Stay towards the side of the trail
Position yourself so that you are visible from above
Wear brightly colored clothing
Dogs are prohibited at all times
Obey all pertinent signage
Avoid all areas where machinery is operating
Carry a light or headlamp
Be aware that ski area emergency services are NOT available
Link to uphill page on Vail's website.
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The main route is up Simba from the base of Lionshead to the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, a gain of 2213' of vertical. Many people go up at sunrise.
Prior to going up, call Vail's uphill hotline at 970-754-1023 to find out if there will be any snowcats or snowmaking on the route that you are planning on taking.
When you stay at the Vail International condos, you can walk to the base of Lionshead and be on your skis heading up in the mountain in less than 10 minutes. We have discounted rates on 2BR/2BA for midweek stays for Sunday - Wednesday nights starting at $399 per night. For the last week of the ski season, April 3 - 11, rates start at just $294 per night with a two night minimum.
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Other Uphilling Near Vail
Meadow Mountain is another great ski touring route that is close to Vail. You can park for free in the Forest Service parking lot which is just off of I-70. There are several routes that go to an old shack at the top and many times, you'll find nice untracked powder on your way down through rollilng fields.
Heading a bit farther west, Arrowhead is very popular with skinners, especially at sunrise and sunset. The two main routes up are Cresta and Little Brave. There are also several good routes on Beaver Creek Mountain. Call their uphill line at 970-754-5907.
For more adventure, there are several good routes on Vail Pass, including Uneva Peak as well as Chicago Ridge near Ski Cooper. If it's your first time, go with someone who is experienced to show you the safest routes.