Uphill Travel Policy

Uphill Travel at Great Divide January 2019

Designated Uphill Route applies to all operating days.

Please do not bring your dogs to the mountain.

No “Post-hole” boot climbing.  Ski-skin ascent only.  Or “approach” short skis for snowboard descents.

You may ski up only when the lifts are not operating / carrying public.

Once public boards the lifts for daily or nighttime operations, you must stop ascending and begin skiing down.

Ascents may not begin again until ski patrol have completed their “sweep” at the end of operations.  Generally ½ hour after closing, but always check in at the ticket office or lodge to confirm.

Snowcats and snowmobiles are frequently in use by mountain staff.  THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR YOU SO YOU MUST ACTIVLY AVOID THEM!  If a snowcat is coming down a road or narrow trail….GET OFF OF THAT ROAD.

Ascend by the designated route only: 

  1. Directly under the Good Luck Lift.*
  2. From the top of Good Luck to the road which traverses the top of Belmont Bowl
  3. From the top of that road directly over to the Mount Belmont Chairlift, about tower 12.
  4. Directly under the Mount Belmont Chairlift.*
  5. Around the south side of the top terminal

* Short Switch Backs in order to reduce grade are permissible as long as you do not go out further than the chairs on either side.

When staging at the top terminal, please use the area between the trail sign board and the Ski Patrol Hut to lay out your equipment so as to not impede the progress of snowcats through the top terminal area.

Do not ascend through terrain parks.

Please do not set your descent tracks down center of a freshly groomed trail.

At night, wear reflective clothing materials and always display a headlamp.

Do not litter.

Park where you will not interfere with plowing operations.

SNOWMAKING:  DANGER!  We have 25 snowmaking stations on the lower mountain.  Each station has a hydrant (up to 500 PSI water pressure) and an electrical station (480 volt 3 phase).

Snowguns (fans or sticks) are connected to stations via fire hoses and electrical cables.  These guns can be as far as 300’ from their connection station.  YOU must study and know where those connections are running.  NEVER ascend or descend between a gun (operating or not) and its connection station, over a hose/wire connection. Significant property damage, injury and / or death are possible even likely.

We may from time to time pull closure chains/signs across our entry locations if we feel that ascent skiing is too troublesome or dangerous at that time (rare).

If the parking lots are muddy, please clean your boots before going on to the snow.  MUDKILLS SNOW!

It is never a good idea to go alone.

Ski Patrol / rescue services are not available outside of regular operating hours of the ski area.

If you ever need clarification of policies or closures.

Office 449.3746

Kevin 439.8742  kevin@skigd.com