Uphill travel policy
Crystal Mountain Resort and the United States Forest Service (USFS) encourage the use of public lands. Guests enjoying these permitted lands are required to abide by all Crystal Mountain and USFS safety policies, restrictions and recommendations.

Uphill travel is allowed in designated areas at Crystal Mountain. Users must abide by all rules and restrictions.

  1. If the "No Uphill Travel" lights are flashing, NO uphill travel is allowed anywhere within the ski area boundary.
  2. All uphill travelers must carry an uphill travel card. These are provided free of cost at ski patrol dispatch and must be carried at all times while traveling uphill within the ski area boundary.
  3. All uphill travelers are responsible for determining and abiding by current approved uphill routes and closures (See Below)
Uphill travel Rules
Access to Crystal Mountain Resort is at your own risk. You are assuming all the risks that are associated with the use of the resort.
All uphill travelers must carry a valid uphill travel card.
All uphill travelers must abide by current approved uphill travel routes and closures.
No dogs are allowed in the ski area except for qualified service animals.
The use of all terrain parks is prohibited.

KNOW THE CODE: It’s your responsibility!

1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Uphill travel routes during winter season
Approved routes are determined daily and are available on the Mountain Report page under uphill travel and also available at Ski Patrol.
When Traveling uphill before 9:00 AM and after 4:30 PM, the only approved route is Quicksilver. If "No Uphill Travel" lights are flashing, no uphill travel is allowed anywhere.
Occasionally all uphill travel is prohibited.
Uphill travel is NOT allowed anywhere within the ski area boundary when the "No Uphill Travel" lights are flashing. The lights can be found in the following three locations in the base area.
  1. North side of the Chapel
  2. Bottom lift shack of Discovery lift
  3. Bottom lift shack of Chinook Express lift

Uphill travel routes before and after winter season
Generally, all uphill travel routes are approved before and after winter season.
Uphill travelers are responsible for checking the Mountain Report page under uphill travel for any restrictions.

Designated uphill travel routes (Highlighted in pink)
Note: Not all of these routes will be approved on any given day. Many are limited to weekday access to reduce the risk of user conflict.