Heavy snowfall hits Vail; mountain issues reminders on uphill access | VailDaily.com

Heavy snowfall hits Vail; mountain issues reminders on uphill access

Vail Mountain, which had reported 8 inches of fresh snow over the 48-hour period including Friday and Saturday, was showing another 10 inches of fresh snow on Sunday evening on the resort’s mid-Vail snow stake camera, for a weekend total of 1.5 feet.

On Sunday evening, Vail issued a friendly reminder to those who may be seeking uphill access.

“Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort are currently closed and are scheduled to begin winter operations on Nov. 16 and 21, respectively. Please be aware that ski area emergency services are not available. For information regarding the resorts’ uphill access policies, please visit each resort’s respective safety page at Vail and Beaver Creek.”

From those websites:

Vail Mountain Uphill Access Policy

Cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers, etc are bound by Colorado Skier Safety Act, as amended, and should abide by Your Responsibility Code. Skiers must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time. When engaged in any of these activities one should:

Recommended Stories For You

During Daytime Operations
1. Call the trails hotline to understand the approved route, 970-754-3049
2. Stay towards the side of the trail.
3. Position yourself so that you are visible from above.
4. Wear brightly colored clothing.
5. Dogs are not allowed.
6. Obey all pertinent signage.
7. Avoid all areas where machinery is operating.

During Nighttime Operations

1. Call the trails hotline to understand the approved route, 970-754-3049
2. Abide by all of the above-described (recommendations) requirements.
3. Wear reflective materials.
4. Carry a light. (Hike with a light on at all times) ?
5. Avoid all areas where machinery is operating
6. Keep dogs on a leash at all times
7. Be aware that ski area emergency services are not available

BEAVER CREEK UPHILL TRAVEL POLICY. Non-lift access to ski area facilities such as uphill snowshoeing, hiking or “skinning”, may present high danger of personal injury to participants or others and therefore may be limited or forbidden based on conditions, on-mountain activity and/or mountain policy.

Please note, fat tire biking and/or mountain biking is prohibited on the mountain during the winter season, both during day time and night time operations. Recommended recreational trails as provided by the USFS below.

Prior to embarking on these uphill activities, please call the Trails Hotline for approved uphill travel routes and mountain access: (970) 754-5907

Daytime Operations Checklist for Uphill Travel:

  • Call the Trails Hotline (970) 754-5907
  • Stay towards the side of the trail
  • Position yourself so that you are visible from above
  • Wear brightly colored clothing
  • Dogs are prohibited during lift operating hours
  • Obey all pertinent signage
  • Avoid all areas where machinery is operating

Evening Operations Checklist for Uphill Travel:

  • Call the Trails Hotline (970) 754-5907
  • Abide by all of the above-described daytime recommendations
  • Wear reflective materials
  • All dogs must be on leashes
  • Carry a light or headlamp
  • Be aware that ski area emergency services are NOT available