A two-way sprint for fitness and transition practice.
Get a workout and enjoy the scenery in some of America's finest ski areas.
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”!
A two-way sprint for fitness and transition practice.
Skin to the top of Lincoln Peak from Canyon Lodge.
Uphill access from the main base area to the top of Roller Coast Express lift.
Easy uphill route with some transition practice.
The long way to the top of Lincoln Mountain.
The longest but least steep way to skin to the top of Bald Mountain.
Uphill access from River Run Plaza to the top of Bald Mountain.
Uphill access to the top of Bald Mountain from the Warm Springs side.
Legendary Secret Glade Run at Keystone (MTB trail)
The typical uphill access at Alta, used for inbounds and backcountry terrain.
Inbounds uphill route at Brighton Resort, with option to exit through a backcountry gate.
The single designated route for skinning at Park City Resort.
The run that goes directly under the chair
The easier of the two traverses out of Killebrew Canyon
Easier Variation of Maggie's Canyon that starts a bit lower down the California Trail
A hidden mogul run where a majority of the Sawtooth Ridge trails filter into.
Uphill access on Aspen Mountain, following the course of the America's Uphill race.
Steep Run that goes directly under E Chair
Set of extremely tight trees between Devil's Crotch and Mine Shaft also known as "The Devil's Shaft"
Seldom skied alternative entry into Mineshaft
One of the steep, challenging black runs in Mott Canyon
The route for skinning uphill during open hours at Arapahoe Basin.
One possible route for skinning to the top of Arapahoe Basin resort.
Morning and evening uphill access to the top of Keystone resort.
Uphill access at Keystone that stays mostly on green runs.
Uphill access at Loveland, for skinning in the morning and evening.
Full Send uphill at Echo!
Bottom to top at Denver's local ski hill.
The main route for skinning uphill at Eldora.
Uphill access for the expert terrain at Eldora resort.
Separate from the main bowl, this run and two others have the valley to them selves.
Unmarked Double Black Diamond Cliff
Double black diamond main cliff - hardest run at Tahoe Donner Ski Resort
Unmarked black diamond tree run skiers' right of Skip's plunge
Unmarked black diamond tree run directly in between Skip's Plunge and Firebreak
Black Diamond Alternative chute to Firebreak
Very quick bowl from the Eagle Rock Summit
Very serious hike to terrain
Easy uphill route at Winter Park, taking green and blue trails to the top of Prospector lift.
A go-to uphill route with variations for difficulty, and good options for the downhill as well.
The skinning route for black diamond runs in Winter Park's Mary Jane Territory.
Skin up from Mary Jane base to unlock lots of terrain for resort ski touring.
A steep, wooded pitch off the side of Spruce Mountain
Black run at Dartmouth Skiway
Uphill access at Vail, following Riva Ridge from the village toward the top.
Designated route for skinning up to Eagle's Nest at Vail.
Steeper bypass of Miracle Mile
Fun little section
Has Some Terrain Park
Fun Park Section
Super Flat Trail
Bypass of Black
Has some jumps and other terrain
An in-bounds route available from 7:15-9:10am.
Nice back country zone right off Bridger bowl
The inbounds uphill route at Bogus Basin.
Hully Gully to Widowmaker
My 1st Mott Run EVER
Mill Creek facing saddle off of Murdock Peak.
Powdery, open face with scattered trees.
Steep chutes in the trees off the left side of Sound of Music.
Steep, powdery face with high avalanche risk.
Steep bowl next to the south face of the Sound.
Steep, south facing face next to the East Face and Bowl.
Steep chute between rocks off of the south face of Sound of Music.
Steep chutes off Pointy Peak.
Long ridge that can be hiked or skied.
Steep tree lines off of Rip's Ridge.
Mellow, powdery face on lower Rip's Ridge.
Steep tree shot off of Rip's Ridge.
Steep, powdery face with aspen tree glade.
Open, powdery face in the Saddleback area.
Steep, open face on the east die of Homerun.
Steep tree shots right of Homerun.
Steep face north of Roscoe's Ridge.
Steep, open glade between The Divide and Clifford's Wish
Fun, rocky spine next to the Driveway chute.
The Most Remote Glade on Lookout Mountain
Run that begins with Corridor and continues directly under Comstock's liftline
Seldom skied hike-to-terrain at Kirkwood
A remote bowl of Kirkwood that hugs the resort's boundary line and takes quite a lengthy traverse to get to
A go-to morning workout in Breckenridge.
Daytime uphill access at Copper Mountain.
Morning uphill access at Copper, heading straight up from Center Village.
Morning and evening uphill access, from Center Village to the top of Super Bee.
Morning and evening uphill access, from East Village to the top of Super Bee.
Morning and evening uphill route at Crested Butte resort.
Skin to the summit of Mammoth Mountain on this quiet backside ski tour.
A cliff and a cornice located right under Sunrise (Chair 4) where everyone can see you
A fun gully under Cornice Express (Chair 6)
Cliff Zone to skiers' left of Look out Janek; leads into Olympic
Run under Cornice Express