Uphill Skiing At Vail

Skinning up Riva at Vail

On Vail Mountain
Alpine Touring, also known as skinning and uphill skiing, has become very popular at Vail. 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 on the Dawn Patrol. During the day, as long as you stay to the west side of the run, you shouldn't encounter too much skier traffic.

Prior to going up, call Vail's uphill hotline at 970-754-3049 to find out if there will be any snowcats or snowmaking on the route that you are planning on taking.


Bachelor Gulch at sunrise

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.