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Old 04-25-2011   #1
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Skinning up at closed resorts

Anyone know if I would bother Keystone by hiking up their closed runs to make some turns? I'd imagine their slopes will be covered for weeks with new snow.

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Old 04-25-2011   #2
 
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Not sure but you can do it at Breck, just watch out for the summer service road that will soon be getting carved out.
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That means I can skin up while they are open on friday?
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Sure you can skin up while they're open, but they closed yesterday!
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Most ski resorts (in Colorado anyway) are on public land. As long as you don't get on a lift, interfere with their operations, or pose a safety risk to their customers or staff, they cannot stop you. If you're at an open resort, just stay close to the trees. Some of the resorts require you to be above a defined level by a certain time (Snowmass does that), and they can do that if they own the area that is being restricted (base areas).

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Some resorts (like Monarch) have signs posted against uphill travel during operating season. This is on public lands leased by the Forest Service...however, once ski areas on FS lands permits expire they cannot stop you from skiing their slopes. They can though close gates across private lands therefore limiting your access to these slopes. As long as you don't cross any signs that say "No Trespassing" your good to go.
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Some resorts (like Monarch) have signs posted against uphill travel during operating season. This is on public lands leased by the Forest Service...however, once ski areas on FS lands permits expire they cannot stop you from skiing their slopes. They can though close gates across private lands therefore limiting your access to these slopes. As long as you don't cross any signs that say "No Trespassing" your good to go.
Just to clarify, ski areas permits do expire but are long term multi year authorizations. The land is under permit 365 days a year. What they have is a seasonal operating plan. In that plan they may or may not allow, or allow with conditions various forms of public access any time of the year. (They also can regulate how and where the public travels within the permit boundary in the summer) They can close the area to uphill traffic if they feel it interferes with their operations. Almost always after the lifts stop turning, uphill skinning isn't an issue, even if they don't allow it during the regular season but they do have the ability to close part of or even the whole mtn if they have some sort of a safety issue like a construction zone.
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Make a trip to Oregon. Timberline ski area is the base camp for the climers, skin up as far as you can,no problems here.It's open year round.Just don't die on our mountian.Oh yah the lifts run tell some time in October.
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Just to clarify, ski areas permits do expire but are long term multi year authorizations. The land is under permit 365 days a year. What they have is a seasonal operating plan. In that plan they may or may not allow, or allow with conditions various forms of public access any time of the year. (They also can regulate how and where the public travels within the permit boundary in the summer) They can close the area to uphill traffic if they feel it interferes with their operations. Almost always after the lifts stop turning, uphill skinning isn't an issue, even if they don't allow it during the regular season but they do have the ability to close part of or even the whole mtn if they have some sort of a safety issue like a construction zone.

bingo. They CAN keep you off legally. Skinning, hiking, sledding... if they don't want you there, they have the right to tell you to leave.
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Yo waterwind, do you happen to know or think they'd let one skin up Loveland..with my dog when they close? I saw people skinning up yesterday. And the snows just too good up there still..my dog agrees.
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