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.
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
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.
ICE PARK ROAD (IPR)
IPR route starts at the Rafferty Lift and follows the eastern boundary above the Snow King Hotel and Grand View Lodge to the Treetop Adventure ropes course where it connects to the Slow Trail. Skinning or hiking allowed.
THE CAT’S TAIL
The Cat’s Tail from the Rafferty Lift base area to the Summer (Elkhorn) Trail is no longer a designated uphill route..
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:
UPHILL TRAVEL POLICY
Updated: December 1, 2016
All Uphill Travellers at Snow King Mountain Resort are required to display a current Uphill Travel Pass ($5 for the season) or Season Pass available at Snow King Mountain Sports. The pass must be visible to Ski Patrol and displayed in a bright orange pass-carrier anywhere on your person. Pass-carriers are available for purchase for $5, or you can use previous year’s pass-carrier.
Please read and sign the Winter Uphill Travel Policy below and pick-up your Uphill Travel Pass at the Season Pass Office prior to accessing the mountain.
SKMR OPERATING HOURS
10am-7pm Mon– Fri; 9am – 7pm Sat; 9am-4pm Sunday. Also, whenever the lifts are running for Special Events or Snow Control.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY
All uphill hikers and skiers are using Snow King Mountain at their own risk.
APPROVED WINTER UPHILL ROUTES
During operating hours Uphill Travellers are required to stay on the approved uphill routes: The Bootpack, The Summer Trail, and The 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 or Snow King Mobile App.
During avalanche mitigation work, Uphill Travellers are asked to avoid travelling above Slow Trail until work is complete. Avalanche mitigation is likely after a fresh snowfall of 4 inches or more, or during a period of high winds. Signs will be posted at the base area when avalanche mitigation work is in process.
BEING AN AMBASSADOR
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 operation hours (10am-7pm Mon– Fri; 9am – 7pm Sat; 9am-4pm Sunday). 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 POOP 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.
LEAVE NO TRACE
If you pack it up, please pack it out. Help keep Snow King Mountain clean.
POACHING THE POWDER
Uphill Travellers 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.
REFLECTIVE MATERIALS, HEADLAMPS, WHISTLES
It is strongly recommended that all Uphill Travellers 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.
RIGHT OF WAY
All uphill traffic must yield to downhill traffic and all machinery. Skiers traveling at high speeds over blind rollovers present a danger to uphill travellers, so Uphill Travellers 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 prohibited on Snow King Mountain at all times due to safety and liability concerns.
WINCH CAT: FLASHING YELLOW / FLASHING RED LIGHTS:
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 Travellers should stay well away from the anchor. Flashing yellow lights signify the cat and flashing red lights signify the winch anchor.