Uphill Traffic Policy

Safety Considerations:

Due to maintenance and operational requirements such as grooming, snowmaking, construction, avalanche mitigation, special events to name a few. To prevent the public from hazards that may present themselves from time to time, Bogus Basin has the authority to restrict or deny uphill traffic to the public, with Forest Service pre-approval, to perform any or all of these actions as deemed reasonable by the ski area. Areas subject to these potential hazards will be signed as closed at the uphill access points closing those areas.

Rules of the Up:

Bogus Basin Recreation Area allows uphill access via skinning during the winter operating season at restricted times and designated areas. For the safety of everyone at Bogus Basin, anyone participating in these activities must adhere to the following guidelines and accept the risks associated with uphill travel.

1. All trails and terrain parks are closed outside of operational hours.

2. Know and follow ‘Your Responsibility Code’ at all times.

3. Before and after daylight hours, a headlamp or flashlight is required and reflective clothing is advised at all hours.

4. No dogs are allowed on the mountain.

5. Overnight stays on the mountain are Not Permitted!

6. Bogus Basin reserves the right to close uphill traffic at any time.


8. The mountain is closed and swept clear of all guests and staff at the end of each operating day and during emergencies.

9. If your presence on-mountain property presents a hazard or the mountain staff feels that you are impeding the operations of the mountain, you may be directed to utilize a different location. You must follow such direction or you will be asked to leave the premises

10. Avoid all grooming operations and snowmobiles, snowmaking equipment winch cat and their cables. The cable between the anchor and the cat can be difficult to see and maybe under the snow or crossing overruns. These cables can stretch for thousands of feet and can move very quickly without notice.
-Possible winched runs Wildcat, Upper Paradise, Lower Nugget, Second Chance, Night Hawk, Triumph, War Eagle, Lando’s Mojo and Widowmaker.

11. STAY OFF OF TRAILS WHEN SNOWMAKING IS IN PROGRESS. These trails will have 480-volt electrical cords and high-pressure water hoses, and at times they may be just beneath the surface of the snow. They may also have very icy conditions, particularly near the snow guns. Seek an alternate route if you see any indication of snow machines, electrical cords, or hoses.
– Do not enter areas where machinery is in use
– The majority of machinery operates after hours, pay close attention at all times.

Recommended Uphill In-Bound Travel Routes:

A) Shafer Butte Route: This route departs from the Pioneer Lodge up Lodge Cat track to hiker’s left of Triumph and then on up the cat track to Shafer Butte. This route is restricted during operations until about 2:00 am due to the winching of ski runs. In the mornings please be transitioning into downhill mode fifteen minutes before opening, 8:45 am on weekends and holidays and 9:45 am Monday through Friday.

B) Deer Point Route: this route is accessed from the base of Coach Run up to Sourdough and then onto the Upper Ridge, topping out at Deer Point. Please stay to hiker’s right on this path to avoid grooming/snowmaking equipment. This route is restricted during operations so please be transitioning into downhill mode fifteen minutes before opening, 8:45 am on weekends and holidays and 9:45 am Monday through Friday.

C) Up-Hill-Skin-Track:  *The up-hill route has been cleaned up, and is now ready for skinning! This route will deliver you to the underside of the Deer Point towers. It departs from between the base of coach run and the road, it travels along the inside edge of the southern ski area boundary and is reflected on the map. This route is open during all hours of operation and is the recommended route when uphill traffic is restricted.

*These are suggested routes when using other routes please be conscientious of snow groomers and keep to one side of the trail or other. When skiing down give them a wide breadth as they do not expect you to be there. The same rules apply as above to transition times, 8:45 am on weekends and holidays and 9:45 am Monday through Friday.

Rescue Response:

There are no ski patrol or ski area services outside of the mountain’s normal operating hours. If accessing the mountain prior to operating hours, you do so at your own risk. In case of emergency, outside of operating hours, call 911 and know that response times could be extended. Also be aware that mobile phone service can be unreliable on the mountain, especially on the Pine Creek Side and Superior sides of the mountain.

Required Pass and Release of Liability:

We have decided to waive the pass and liability waiver for this season as it created some confusion. We plan on getting it back online next season but until then enjoy!

*This policy and Up-Hill-Skin-Track is maintained and enforced by the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol, any questions, comments or suggestions can be sent to


Thanks and enjoy,
Bogus Basin Ski Patrol

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