Here at 49° North we are big supporters of the pursuit of physical activity and experiences in the outdoors. This is particularly true for human powered adventures in the mountains. Ski touring, splitboarding, snowshoeing and hiking are great ways to enjoy the outdoors, get in some exercise, and simply have fun. We recognize the excitement of our visitors to explore and enjoy the mountains.
Uphill traffic within the ski area boundaries is allowed, within specific guidelines. Mountain resort operations are complex, involving a number of constantly changing variables that could pose significant risk to person and property. During normal operation periods, uphill travel is allowed up until 30 minutes before first chair, and the again 30 minutes after last chair. No uphill traffic is permitted while chairlifts are in operation for the public. Anyone wishing to explore within the ski area boundaries should be informed about the potential dangers, follow the protocols noted here, and avoid any travel on the slopes when any snowmaking operations or equipment is present, or when grooming operations are taking place in the vicinity. If in doubt, the best approach is to stay out.
Snowmaking equipment, when present, includes the presence of high voltage electric cables (480 volt) and high-pressure hoses carrying water pressurized to between 300-450 psi. Skiing/riding or hiking over these lines creates the potential for costly damage to the hoses and cables and could result in serious injury or even death. Damage to these lines also presents increased risk to our snowmaking team as they move and handle those lines. In the winter environment these lines can easily become covered or hidden by snow. No uphill travel will be allowed when snowmaking is in progress or when snowmaking equipment is present on the slopes.
49° North asks that all uphill travelers respect the work of our grooming team and stay off any freshly groomed runs. There is significant time and expense in creating those smooth, corduroy surfaces. Skiing/riding or hiking these freshly groomed trails before they are opened damages the product that we work so hard to present to our guests. When exposed to skier traffic at the wrong time, it can also create safety issues for guests once the runs are open. With the addition of a winch cat to our grooming fleet, there will also be winch lines in use on the slopes throughout the season. Groomers will not always be visible on slopes where winch lines are present. Obey all posted signs and avoid any travel in areas where winch cat grooming is taking place.
Post 21-22 Season Uphill Policy
After the 21 – 22 season, there will be no uphill traffic or snowmobiles permitted on the mountain. This is purely for safety measures, as we will begin removing the Bonanza chairlift upon the season’s end. Removing a chairlift is a process that involves crews & equipment removing a large amount of metal and wiring, creating a potentially large amount of risk to any non-authorized personnel in the immediate area. Keep an eye on our website and social media for additional information regarding the removal of Bonanza.