Uphill Skiing & Hiking Policy

Uphill travel by means of skinning or snowshoeing has gained popularity in recent years. Whaleback welcomes and supports our guests looking to enjoy the mountain in this manner. For the safety of our customers and employees we ask that everyone follow our guidelines. All travel is done at each individuals own risk.

  • Uphill travelers must come inside the base lodge to confirm if uphill travel is permitted on that day and where it is permitted. On some days there may be limited terrain and we will not permit uphill travel.
  • If uphill travel is permitted, riders must receive a free uphill travel ticket prior to using the facility.
  • Uphill travel is permitted only during operating hours.
  • Uphill travel is prohibited at all times on open trails except special circumstances for event viewing, in which case there will be clearly marked routes.
  • Uphill travel is prohibited at all times on trails where snow making and/or grooming operations are in progress.
  • Any person using any of the facilities of the ski area is considered a ticketed skier and as such is required to adhere to and obey all posted information and to be aware of trail closures and other operational considerations. 

In addition:

  • Usage of the terrain parks is prohibited.
  • Dogs and other pets are not permitted on the mountain at any time (except service dogs).
  • Sledding is not permitted on the mountain at any time.

There is no charge for uphill skiing at this time however a tax free donation to support our non-profit community operated facility would be appreciated.