Guidebook

Resort Ski Touring Across the USA

Get a workout and enjoy the scenery in some of America's finest ski areas.

FATMAP

Description

With much of the USA's mountains having a continental climate, it can be tricky to find safe ski touring options in the depths of winter. Constantly cold weather combined with violent snowstorms creates a pretty touchy snowpack, so venturing into the backcountry is a dangerous pastime until things settle down in spring.

This list of resort ski tours should provide you some ideas of where to get some uphill exercise anytime there's snow on the ground, regardless of avalanche hazard. That's not to say that every tour in here is safe and suitable for every winter day, but these trips should be possible on most snowy days. Expect cold temperatures, big views and perfect winter ambience and you won't be disappointed!

One final thing - resort touring takes place, by definition, in a ski resort. Before doing any of these tours, make sure that you’re allowed to do so at that time. With grooming machines driving around, and resorts entitled to stop tourers using their runs if the rules are ignored, please stick to the restrictions of each resort. We want to be able to keep ski touring next season and all the ones after that - as on every ski day, the goal should always be to “ski tomorrow”!

Jill's Uphill Route
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Jill's Uphill Route

Mammoth Mountain
0.9 km
35 m
76 m
14 °
A two-way sprint for fitness and transition practice.
Easy
Private
Canyon Uphill Route
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Canyon Uphill Route

Mammoth Mountain
2.5 km
518 m
0 m
23 °
Skin to the top of Lincoln Peak from Canyon Lodge.
Moderate
Private
Lost in the Woods Uphill Route
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Lost in the Woods Uphill Route

Mammoth Mountain
1.6 km
230 m
2 m
19 °
Uphill access from the main base area to the top of Roller Coast Express lift.
Moderate
Private
Big Bird Uphill Route
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Big Bird Uphill Route

Mammoth Mountain
2.1 km
231 m
11 m
15 °
Easy uphill route with some transition practice.
Easy
Private
Eagle Uphill Route
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Eagle Uphill Route

Mammoth Mountain
3.3 km
597 m
0 m
24 °
The long way to the top of Lincoln Mountain.
Moderate
Private
River Run and Olympic Lane Uphill
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River Run and Olympic Lane Uphill

Sun Valley
7.1 km
1,059 m
32 m
20 °
The longest but least steep way to skin to the top of Bald Mountain.
Moderate
Private
River Run Uphill
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River Run Uphill

Sun Valley
4.6 km
1,028 m
1 m
24 °
Uphill access from River Run Plaza to the top of Bald Mountain.
Moderate
Private
Warm Springs Uphill
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Warm Springs Uphill

Sun Valley
4.0 km
991 m
3 m
23 °
Uphill access to the top of Bald Mountain from the Warm Springs side.
Moderate
Private
Tiger Run

Tiger Run

Keystone
2.0 km
35 m
339 m
19 °
Legendary Secret Glade Run at Keystone (MTB trail)
Difficult
Private
Alta Summer Road
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Alta Summer Road

Alta & Snowbird
5.4 km
548 m
28 m
22 °
The typical uphill access at Alta, used for inbounds and backcountry terrain.
Easy
Private
Brighton Uphill Access
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Brighton Uphill Access

Brighton and Solitude
2.8 km
382 m
3 m
22 °
Inbounds uphill route at Brighton Resort, with option to exit through a backcountry gate.
Moderate
Private
Park City Uphill Access
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Park City Uphill Access

Park City and Deer Valley
2.5 km
381 m
0 m
20 °
The single designated route for skinning at Park City Resort.
Easy
Private
Mott Canyon Gate 5 - Lift Line

Mott Canyon Gate 5 - Lift Line

Heavenly
0.7 km
0 m
228 m
33 °
The run that goes directly under the chair
Difficult
Private
Killebrew Canyon - High Traverse

Killebrew Canyon - High Traverse

Heavenly
0.8 km
20 m
82 m
24 °
The easier of the two traverses out of Killebrew Canyon
Easy
Private
Maggie's Junior Canyon

Maggie's Junior Canyon

Heavenly
1.4 km
54 m
167 m
20 °
Easier Variation of Maggie's Canyon that starts a bit lower down the California Trail
Moderate
Private
The Sawtooth Drainage

The Sawtooth Drainage

Northstar California
0.5 km
0 m
85 m
12 °
A hidden mogul run where a majority of the Sawtooth Ridge trails filter into.
Moderate
Private
Aspen Mountain: America's Uphill Tour
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Aspen Mountain: America's Uphill Tour

Aspen
8.2 km
995 m
995 m
27 °
Uphill access on Aspen Mountain, following the course of the America's Uphill race.
Difficult
Private
E Lift Line

E Lift Line

Breckenridge
0.8 km
0 m
287 m
31 °
Steep Run that goes directly under E Chair
Difficult
Private
Minecrotch

Minecrotch

Breckenridge
0.4 km
0 m
178 m
31 °
Set of extremely tight trees between Devil's Crotch and Mine Shaft also known as "The Devil's Shaft"
Difficult
Private
Upper Mineshaft

Upper Mineshaft

Breckenridge
0.1 km
0 m
62 m
29 °
Seldom skied alternative entry into Mineshaft
Difficult
Private
Hully Gully

Hully Gully

Heavenly
0.7 km
0 m
229 m
30 °
One of the steep, challenging black runs in Mott Canyon
Difficult
Private
High Noon Uphill Access
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High Noon Uphill Access

Arapahoe Basin
0.9 km
205 m
0 m
20 °
The route for skinning uphill during open hours at Arapahoe Basin.
Moderate
Private
A-Basin Summit: Ramrod to Lenawee Uphill
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A-Basin Summit: Ramrod to Lenawee Uphill

Arapahoe Basin
2.4 km
492 m
0 m
20 °
One possible route for skinning to the top of Arapahoe Basin resort.
Moderate
Private
River Run Uphill
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River Run Uphill

Keystone
3.2 km
696 m
0 m
27 °
Morning and evening uphill access to the top of Keystone resort.
Moderate
Private
Mountain House Uphill
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Mountain House Uphill

Keystone
4.6 km
714 m
7 m
21 °
Uphill access at Keystone that stays mostly on green runs.
Easy
Private
Route A Uphill
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Route A Uphill

Loveland
2.2 km
336 m
0 m
17 °
Uphill access at Loveland, for skinning in the morning and evening.
Easy
Private
Echo Mountain Uphill A
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Echo Mountain Uphill A

Echo Mountain
0.4 km
118 m
0 m
19 °
Full Send uphill at Echo!
Easy
Private
Echo Mountain Uphill B
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Echo Mountain Uphill B

Echo Mountain
0.8 km
184 m
0 m
19 °
Bottom to top at Denver's local ski hill.
Easy
Private
Eldora Frontside Uphill
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Eldora Frontside Uphill

Eldora
3.3 km
378 m
0 m
19 °
The main route for skinning uphill at Eldora.
Moderate
Private
Eldora Backside Uphill
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Eldora Backside Uphill

Eldora
3.3 km
412 m
5 m
17 °
Uphill access for the expert terrain at Eldora resort.
Moderate
Private
Lower Snow Valley

Lower Snow Valley

0.8 km
0 m
206 m
26 °
Separate from the main bowl, this run and two others have the valley to them selves.
Difficult
Private
Summit Cliff Chute #1

Summit Cliff Chute #1

Lake Tahoe
0.2 km
0 m
72 m
23 °
Unmarked Double Black Diamond Cliff
Moderate
Private
Summit Cliff Chute #2: The Knuckle

Summit Cliff Chute #2: The Knuckle

Lake Tahoe
0.2 km
0 m
54 m
29 °
Double black diamond main cliff - hardest run at Tahoe Donner Ski Resort
Difficult
Private
Skip's Trees

Skip's Trees

Lake Tahoe
1.1 km
107 m
225 m
20 °
Unmarked black diamond tree run skiers' right of Skip's plunge
Moderate
Private
Skip's Break

Skip's Break

Lake Tahoe
0.3 km
0 m
104 m
24 °
Unmarked black diamond tree run directly in between Skip's Plunge and Firebreak
Moderate
Private
Firebreak Alternative

Firebreak Alternative

Lake Tahoe
0.3 km
0 m
90 m
23 °
Black Diamond Alternative chute to Firebreak
Moderate
Private
Summit Bowl

Summit Bowl

Lake Tahoe
0.1 km
0 m
15 m
19 °
Very quick bowl from the Eagle Rock Summit
Moderate
Private
Maineline Pocket

Maineline Pocket

Palisades Tahoe
1.5 km
177 m
248 m
43 °
Very serious hike to terrain
Extreme
Private
Village Way Uphill
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Village Way Uphill

Winter Park
3.0 km
327 m
2 m
14 °
Easy uphill route at Winter Park, taking green and blue trails to the top of Prospector lift.
Easy
Private
Hughes Uphill
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Hughes Uphill

Winter Park
1.7 km
488 m
0 m
24 °
A go-to uphill route with variations for difficulty, and good options for the downhill as well.
Moderate
Private
Sleeper Uphill
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Sleeper Uphill

Winter Park
1.5 km
439 m
0 m
22 °
The skinning route for black diamond runs in Winter Park's Mary Jane Territory.
Difficult
Private
Mary Jane Uphill
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Mary Jane Uphill

Winter Park
1.7 km
410 m
0 m
21 °
Skin up from Mary Jane base to unlock lots of terrain for resort ski touring.
Moderate
Private
Spruce Cliffs

Spruce Cliffs

Sunday River
0.4 km
0 m
100 m
38 °
A steep, wooded pitch off the side of Spruce Mountain
Severe
Private
Don Warden Schuss

Don Warden Schuss

0.6 km
0 m
164 m
28 °
Black run at Dartmouth Skiway
Moderate
Private
Riva Ridge Uphill Route
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Riva Ridge Uphill Route

Vail
3.7 km
794 m
0 m
23 °
Uphill access at Vail, following Riva Ridge from the village toward the top.
Moderate
Private
Simba Uphill Route
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Simba Uphill Route

Vail
3.4 km
677 m
8 m
23 °
Designated route for skinning up to Eagle's Nest at Vail.
Moderate
Private
Miracle Mile Bypass

Miracle Mile Bypass

0.3 km
0 m
93 m
23 °
Steeper bypass of Miracle Mile
Difficult
Private
Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream

0.2 km
0 m
49 m
25 °
Fun little section
Moderate
Private
Ego Trip

Ego Trip

0.9 km
0 m
190 m
26 °
Has Some Terrain Park
Moderate
Private
ZZYZX

ZZYZX

0.3 km
0 m
75 m
28 °
Fun Park Section
Moderate
Private
Beginner Trail A

Beginner Trail A

0.3 km
0 m
44 m
15 °
Super Flat Trail
Easy
Private
Beginner Trail B

Beginner Trail B

0.2 km
0 m
28 m
10 °
Flat Trail
Easy
Private
Inspiration

Inspiration

0.3 km
0 m
40 m
10 °
Very Flat
Easy
Private
Ripcord

Ripcord

0.5 km
1 m
116 m
21 °
Bypass of Black
Moderate
Private
Amusement Park

Amusement Park

1.1 km
1 m
142 m
17 °
Has some jumps and other terrain
Easy
Private
Shortcut

Shortcut

0.2 km
0 m
20 m
14 °
Expressway-Gambler
Moderate
Private
Backdoor

Backdoor

0.4 km
16 m
37 m
15 °
Terrain Park
Easy
Private
Pipeline

Pipeline

0.3 km
0 m
78 m
19 °
Halfpipe
Easy
Private
Mt. Spokane Tour

Mt. Spokane Tour

1.8 km
473 m
0 m
33 °
An in-bounds route available from 7:15-9:10am.
Easy
Private
Wintergreen

Wintergreen

Brighton and Solitude
0.7 km
1 m
149 m
25 °
lit
Moderate
Private
The Ramp

The Ramp

South Bridgers
1.9 km
358 m
2 m
28 °
Nice back country zone right off Bridger bowl
Moderate
Private
Middlefield

Middlefield

0.7 km
0 m
122 m
14 °
Blue Square
Moderate
Private
Dragon's Back

Dragon's Back

0.5 km
0 m
85 m
13 °
Dragon's Back
Moderate
Private
Bogus Basin Up-Track

Bogus Basin Up-Track

1.5 km
254 m
4 m
21 °
The inbounds uphill route at Bogus Basin.
Moderate
Private
Mott Canyon - Hully Gully to Widowmaker

Mott Canyon - Hully Gully to Widowmaker

Heavenly
0.9 km
0 m
247 m
31 °
Hully Gully to Widowmaker
Difficult
Private
Mott Canyon - Snake Eyes

Mott Canyon - Snake Eyes

Heavenly
0.7 km
0 m
257 m
36 °
My 1st Mott Run EVER
Difficult
Private
Mill's Saddle

Mill's Saddle

Park City and Deer Valley
0.9 km
0 m
292 m
28 °
Mill Creek facing saddle off of Murdock Peak.
Difficult
Private
North Music

North Music

Park City and Deer Valley
0.9 km
0 m
305 m
33 °
Powdery, open face with scattered trees.
Difficult
Private
Steinburg Chutes

Steinburg Chutes

Park City and Deer Valley
0.8 km
0 m
301 m
36 °
Steep chutes in the trees off the left side of Sound of Music.
Severe
Private
Sound of Music - Face

Sound of Music - Face

Park City and Deer Valley
0.7 km
0 m
305 m
35 °
Steep, powdery face with high avalanche risk.
Severe
Private
Sound of Music - Bowl

Sound of Music - Bowl

Park City and Deer Valley
1.1 km
10 m
312 m
34 °
Steep bowl next to the south face of the Sound.
Severe
Private
Sound of Music - South Face

Sound of Music - South Face

Park City and Deer Valley
0.9 km
4 m
305 m
38 °
Steep, south facing face next to the East Face and Bowl.
Severe
Private
Igloo Chute

Igloo Chute

Park City and Deer Valley
0.9 km
0 m
322 m
36 °
Steep chute between rocks off of the south face of Sound of Music.
Severe
Private
Pointy Chutes

Pointy Chutes

Park City and Deer Valley
0.9 km
1 m
287 m
36 °
Steep chutes off Pointy Peak.
Severe
Private
Rip's Ridge

Rip's Ridge

Park City and Deer Valley
0.9 km
2 m
207 m
27 °
Long ridge that can be hiked or skied.
Difficult
Private
Rip's Trees

Rip's Trees

Park City and Deer Valley
0.3 km
0 m
96 m
24 °
Steep tree lines off of Rip's Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Rip's Face

Rip's Face

Park City and Deer Valley
0.4 km
8 m
107 m
28 °
Mellow, powdery face on lower Rip's Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Shale Shot

Shale Shot

Park City and Deer Valley
0.1 km
0 m
91 m
38 °
Steep tree shot off of Rip's Ridge.
Severe
Private
West Homerun

West Homerun

Park City and Deer Valley
0.7 km
0 m
199 m
29 °
Steep, powdery face with aspen tree glade.
Severe
Private
Homerun

Homerun

Park City and Deer Valley
0.4 km
0 m
135 m
34 °
Open, powdery face in the Saddleback area.
Severe
Private
East Homerun

East Homerun

Park City and Deer Valley
0.7 km
7 m
173 m
33 °
Steep, open face on the east die of Homerun.
Severe
Private
Homerun Trees

Homerun Trees

Park City and Deer Valley
0.4 km
0 m
136 m
26 °
Steep tree shots right of Homerun.
Severe
Private
Clifford's Wish

Clifford's Wish

Park City and Deer Valley
0.7 km
2 m
155 m
29 °
Steep face north of Roscoe's Ridge.
Severe
Private
Moon Rocks

Moon Rocks

Park City and Deer Valley
0.6 km
4 m
141 m
32 °
Steep, open glade between The Divide and Clifford's Wish
Severe
Private
The Divide

The Divide

Park City and Deer Valley
0.8 km
32 m
164 m
31 °
Fun, rocky spine next to the Driveway chute.
Severe
Private
The Lookout Glade

The Lookout Glade

Northstar California
4.0 km
377 m
913 m
25 °
The Most Remote Glade on Lookout Mountain
Difficult
Private
Comstock Corridor

Comstock Corridor

Northstar California
1.7 km
0 m
378 m
29 °
Run that begins with Corridor and continues directly under Comstock's liftline
Difficult
Private
The Red Cliffs

The Red Cliffs

Kirkwood
3.5 km
433 m
428 m
32 °
Seldom skied hike-to-terrain at Kirkwood
Difficult
Private
Reuter Bowl

Reuter Bowl

Kirkwood
12.4 km
1,355 m
1,725 m
39 °
A remote bowl of Kirkwood that hugs the resort's boundary line and takes quite a lengthy traverse to get to
Difficult
Private
Peak 9 Uphill
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Peak 9 Uphill

Breckenridge
3.4 km
558 m
0 m
15 °
A go-to morning workout in Breckenridge.
Moderate
Private
Uphill Access Routes 3 and 4
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Uphill Access Routes 3 and 4

Copper Mountain
2.9 km
323 m
8 m
14 °
Daytime uphill access at Copper Mountain.
Difficult
Private
Uphill Access Route 2
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Uphill Access Route 2

Copper Mountain
2.8 km
517 m
0 m
18 °
Morning uphill access at Copper, heading straight up from Center Village.
Moderate
Private
Uphill Access Route 1 from Center Village
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Uphill Access Route 1 from Center Village

Copper Mountain
2.8 km
683 m
0 m
21 °
Morning and evening uphill access, from Center Village to the top of Super Bee.
Moderate
Private
Uphill Access Route 1 from East Village
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Uphill Access Route 1 from East Village

Copper Mountain
3.3 km
696 m
0 m
21 °
Morning and evening uphill access, from East Village to the top of Super Bee.
Moderate
Private
Crested Butte Uphill Access
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Crested Butte Uphill Access

Crested Butte
3.9 km
634 m
1 m
24 °
Morning and evening uphill route at Crested Butte resort.
Moderate
Private
West Summit Uphill Route
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West Summit Uphill Route

Mammoth Mountain
4.8 km
666 m
26 m
27 °
Skin to the summit of Mammoth Mountain on this quiet backside ski tour.
Difficult
Private
Hollywood

Hollywood

Kirkwood
0.7 km
48 m
107 m
15 °
A cliff and a cornice located right under Sunrise (Chair 4) where everyone can see you
Difficult
Private
Cornice Liftline Gully

Cornice Liftline Gully

Kirkwood
0.5 km
0 m
82 m
17 °
A fun gully under Cornice Express (Chair 6)
Moderate
Private
Janek Cliffs

Janek Cliffs

Kirkwood
2.4 km
464 m
657 m
36 °
Cliff Zone to skiers' left of Look out Janek; leads into Olympic
Difficult
Private
Cornice Liftline

Cornice Liftline

Kirkwood
0.8 km
0 m
325 m
32 °
Run under Cornice Express
Difficult
Private