Uphill Travel

Sometimes going up the hill is the best part!

Locals in Jackson know that “skinning the King” is an amazing way to experience skiing in Jackson Hole.

Snow King Mountain is proud to offer this activity to locals and visitors free of charge.

Download the Snow King Uphill Travel Map.


Skinning or hiking is free and open to the public but please obey our uphill travel policy.

Uphill travelers are required to display an Uphill Travel Pass that is free and available at the Summit Lift Ticket Office, or Snow King Mountain Sports during normal business hours (Monday to Sunday from 9am-6pm).

See below for details.

Snow King Winter Uphill Travel Map Preview

Download the Snow King Winter Uphill Travel Map (PDF).

What if the pass office is closed when I want to skin or hike up?
While we’re not able to enforce passes outside of normal operating hours, we do ask that uphill travelers be informed of and abide by the policy as well as respect any posted closures. Please visit a ticket office during business hours to pick up a free pass, get a passcarrier if you need one, and sign a waiver acknowledging you’ve read the policy and agree to the terms.

Where do I go?
Begin at the base area by the parking lot at Snow King Ave and Cache St. To skin, start uphill and head left under the summit lift. Look for an ORANGE CIRCLE that says “uphill travel route” and then follow those circles to the Summit. To hike, head right to the very edge of Exhibition. The route is very steep and challenging but it’s a good alternative if you don’t have an alpine touring setup.

Can I bring my dog with me?
Dogs are not allowed on Snow King Mountain during operating hours 10am-7pm Monday – Friday, 9am-7pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday.

Do you rent equipment for uphill travel?
Yes, Snow King Mountain Sports has a selection of alpine touring gear available for rental and can instruct you on the best places to skin on or off the mountain.

Does Snow King Mountain offer uphill travel lessons?
At this time we don’t offer instruction in skinning or hiking, but you can get some pointers at Snow King Mountain Sports.

Download the Snow King Winter Uphill Travel Map (PDF). There are THREE authorized routes for uphill travel. They are:

Hikers right side of Exhibition, west of the Tubing Park, hugging the trees all of the way to the Panorama House. Hiking only – no skinning.

The Summer Trail commencing left of the Summit Lift base area and continuing up the right-hand side of Turnpike, then following Slow Trail around the top of the Rafferty Lift, continuing to the summit via Elkhorn Trail. Skinning or hiking allowed.

The Cat’s Tail begins T the Rafferty Lift base area and continues up the left-hand side of Cat’s Tail, until it reaches Slow Trail around the top of the Rafferty Lift, continuing to the summit via Elkhorn Trail. Skinning or hiking allowed.

Winter Uphill Travel Responsibility Code
Skiing (a term which includes snowboarding, sledding and all other forms of sliding on snow), whether uphill or downhill, involves inherent risks that cannot be eliminated. However, there are a few rules of conduct that can decrease the risk involved. When traveling within ski resort boundaries, follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code (printed on the back of all lift tickets and season passes, as well as on trail maps), and follow these additional guidelines for uphill travel:


  • Travel uphill only on the designated route during operating hours
  • Stay to the edge of ski trails; do not hike or stand in the middle of a trail
  • Observe posted signs, warnings, and trail closures
  • Be alert for & yield to downhill skiers
    Yield to and/or avoid all ski area machinery


  • Stop in high-traffic zones, where you are likely to obstruct a trail, or where you are not visible to downhill traffic
  • Hike, stand, or otherwise position more than two people side-by-side across the fall line
  • Bring your dog in the ski area during operating hours (10am-8pm, Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun)
  • No Dogs during operating hours
  • No sledding anytime
  • Stay off trails where a winch cat is working, and where snowmaking is in progress
  • Stay below Slow Trail if avalanche mitigation is in progress
  • Use approved routes during operating hours: The Bootpack, The Summer Trail, and Cat’s Tail
  • All uphill traffic must yield to downhill traffic and all machinery
  • All uphill travelers must sign and submit a Liability Waiver at any ticketing location.

Download the Snow King Winter Uphill Travel Map (PDF).
Download the Uphill Travel Policy (PDF).

Updated: October 22, 2014

Beginning January 1, 2015 all Uphill Travelers at Snow King Mountain Resort are required to display a current Uphill Travel Pass available at no charge at the Summit Lift Ticket Office, Rafferty Center or Snow King Mountain Sports during normal business hours. The pass must be visible to Ski Patrol and displayed in a bright orange pass-carrier anywhere on your person. Pass-carrier armbands are available for purchase for $8.75 at both locations. Please read the Winter Uphill Travel Policy below and pick-up your Uphill Travel Pass prior to accessing the mountain.

Monday – Friday from 10am-8pm, Saturday from 9am-7pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm. Also, whenever the lifts are running for Special Events or Snow Control.

All uphill hikers and skiers are using Snow King Mountain at their own risk.

During operating hours Uphill Travellers are required to stay on the approved uphill routes: The Bootpack, The Summer Trail, and Cat’s Tail. Uphill Travelers are prohibited from entering closed terrain at any time. It is the user’s responsibility to know what terrain is closed. Please direct any questions regarding closed trails or terrain to the Snow King Ski Patrol at 307-734-3140 during normal business hours or check “Mountain Conditions” on our website at snowkingmountain.com.

During avalanche mitigation work (you’ll hear explosions), Uphill Travelers are asked to avoid traveling above Slow Trail until work is complete. Avalanche control is likely after a fresh snowfall of 4 inches or more, or during a period of high winds.

As an Uphill Travel Ambassador, please contribute to our community by being helpful and courteous to others on the mountain. Obey all posted signage and the Golden Rule.

Absolutely NO DOGS are allowed within the ski area boundary during operating hours (10am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat and 9am-4pm Sun). Outside of operating hours, dogs are permitted within the ski area boundary. Town of Jackson dog laws are in effect at all times, and dogs MUST BE ON LEASH OR UNDER VOICE CONTROL. SKMR has a simple Zero Dog Waste policy: FAILURE TO REMOVE YOUR DOG’S WASTE WILL RESULT IN PASS REVOCATION.

STAY OFF OF TRAILS WHERE 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. 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.

If you pack it up, please pack it out. Help keep Snow King Mountain clean.

Uphill Travelers are requested to limit your impact on fresh powder or any freshly groomed surface. Please be sensitive to the fact that free uphill travel is a privilege, and leave the freshies for the passholders. Thanks.

It is strongly recommended that all Uphill Travelers utilize reflective materials on ski poles, clothing, and/or packs to heighten visibility. In addition to headlamps, flashing lights such as those commonly used on bicycles make it easier for other users as well as ski area personnel to see you and your party in the dark. Lastly, a whistle can be beneficial if the need arises to send an audible warning or signal.

All uphill traffic must yield to downhill traffic and all machinery. Skiers traveling at high speeds over blind rollovers present a danger to uphill travelers, so Uphill Travelers should take special care at junctions. It is prohibited for any skier, hiker, or person otherwise, to approach within 100 feet of grooming machines, whether stationary or moving; or snowmaking equipment, to include but not limited to fan guns, high-­pressure water lines, and high-­voltage electrical cables

No ski patrol services are available outside of normal operating hours. During normal operating hours, ski patrol response may be unavailable for unpatrolled terrain, such as the upper mountain during night skiing. Uphill users are prohibited from entering closed terrain at any time. It is the user’s responsibility to know what terrain is closed.

Sledding is not permitted anywhere on Snow King Mountain.

Some trails are groomed with a winch cat which uses cables under extremely high tension. STAY OFF THESE TRAILS! These cables can move suddenly and change height. THEY CAN CAUSE DISMEMBERMENT OR DEATH. If you see flashing yellow or red lights, winch cat operation is in progress and uphill travel is prohibited on the entire run. The high tension cable used by the cat is extremely dangerous, and Uphill Travelers should stay well away from the anchor. Flashing yellow lights signify the cat and flashing red lights signify the winch anchor.

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