Vail Mountain uphill travel limited starting today |

Vail Mountain uphill travel limited starting today

Daily staff report

VAIL — Due to early-season work on the mountain, uphill travel on Vail Mountain is limited to Simba on the west end of the mountain, which can be accessed from Lionshead, throughout Thursday.

Once the mountain opens Friday, uphill travel will continue to be limited to Simba and is not permitted between the operating hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those climbing up the mountain should expect to encounter snowcats, including winch cats, snowmobiles, snowmaking equipment and other traffic both day and night.

For any questions about skinning and hiking up the mountain or for trail recommendations on any given day, call the Vail Trails Hotline at 970-754-3049. Vail’s full uphill access policy can be viewed online at

A few additional pointers:

• Before accessing Vail Mountain, call 970-754-3049 to find out where there is construction and where you can access the backcountry — it changes daily! Also inform yourself of the latest snow conditions by contacting CAIC.

• If a sign says restricted, there’s a reason. Whether snowmaking has laid a series of hoses, construction is underway or the snow is just not ready for skiers and riders, for your own safety, Vail Mountain asks that you stay out of closed sections of the mountain.

• If you choose to go into the backcountry, you’re on your own. As always, early season conditions are very unsettled. If you do decide to go into the backcountry, be aware that snow can be crusty and unconsolidated. Proceed with caution.

• Because terrain will be limited when the mountain opens, Vail Mountain asks that you avoid hiking and skinning up during operating hours 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. As the season progresses and more of the mountain opens, you will be free to go up during operating hours but you may only bring your dog along once the mountain closes for the day. Vail Mountain asks that you do not try to hike up runs where grooming or snowmaking are underway.

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