Uphill Travel Policy

MT. HOOD SKIBOWL UPHILL TRAVEL POLICY

Skibowl holds a Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service Zigzag Ranger District and thus looks to incorporate safe and appropriate uphill travel expectations for recreationalists while ensuring a safe and enjoyable downhill experience for our alpine guests. 
Uphill travel is permitted from the West Side Base Area up the designated marked route only.  Uphill travel is also permitted from the East Side Base Area on and around Cascade (green chair) runs only. Uphill travel may be restricted at any time from either base area. Always follow Skibowl’s Uphill Travel Policies and posted signage.

DESIGNATED UPHILL ROUTE

From West Side Base Area:

•    Skibowl has one designated route for uphill travel from the West Side Base Area.  We ask uphill travelers to use only this route.    
•    The uphill travel route is marked with yellow discs on bamboo.  Regardless of the operating hours the designated uphill route starts at the base of Lower Bowl Chairlift (blue chair)/West Side base area. 
•    The uphill travel route goes up Lower Bowl Run along the uphill travelers left of the run following the route markers.  
•    Uphill travel route crosses Low Road and continues up to the Warming Hut.  From here the uphill route continues on the uphill travelers left of High Road to the top of Multorpor Chairlift (red chair).  
•    If Skibowl is open and alpine skiing is underway the highest point you may travel is to the top of Multorpor Chairlift (red chair). 
•    If Skibowl is not open to the public, you may proceed up Skyline trail to the top of Upper Bowl.  While traveling up Skyline please stay on the uphill travelers left of the run.  
•    Uphill recreationalists are advised to keep the designated route markers on their left side and stay within five feet of the marked route (unless otherwise dictated by snow making equipment, machinery, or requested by Skibowl personnel). 
•    Uphill travelers must follow all posted closures, signage and restrictions
•    If you are at the bottom of Multorpor you may travel on Lake Road back to the West Side Base Area where you may access the designated uphill travel route.  Absolutely no uphill travel is permitted on Multorpor runs. 

From East Side Base Area:
•    If you wish to start from Skibowl East, you may only travel uphill on and around the Cascade (green chair) runs.
•    No uphill travel is permitted on or around Multorpor (red chair) runs.
•    Uphill hill recreationalists must always stay on the uphill travelers left of the run, within 5ft of the tree line (unless otherwise dictated by snow making equipment, machinery, or requested by Skibowl personnel). 
•    No uphill travel on or around Cascade (green chair) runs when the lift is running.
•    Uphill travelers must follow all posted closures, signage and restrictions

UPHILL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

On any given day there is the potential for active avalanche mitigation (including but not limited to: use of explosives and ski cutting), avalanche risk, grooming, and winch cat operations. All uphill recreationalists must be aware of and use caution in all conditions. Uphill travelers must use caution and give appropriate distance between themselves and any winch cat operations, and avalanche mitigation operations that may be occurring at any time within the Skibowl ski area boundary.

Uphill recreationalists must conduct themselves as though they are traveling in the backcountry. Avalanche, Snow Immersion Suffocation risk, and unmarked hazards exist; it is recommended that you practice safe travel, know deep snow safety techniques, travel with a partner, and carry the proper safety equipment on you. More information can be found online at: NSAA http://www.nsaa.org/safety-programs/ and Backcountry Access https://backcountryaccess.com/learn-avalanche-safety.

UPHILL TRAVEL OPERATIONS SCHEDULE

Uphill travel route to top of Multorpor Chairlift:  Open 7 days a week 24 hours a day
Uphill travel route to Upper Bowl open 7 days a week:
Monday through Thursday (non-holiday)- 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Friday and Saturday- 12:00am to 8:00am
Sunday- 11:00pm to 8:00am
During holidays (Winter Break, Spring Break, MLK Day, Presidents Day, etc.): 11:00pm to 8:00am.  
*Except for New Year’s Eve- 3:00am to 8:00am* 

THE UPHILL TRAVELER POLICIES AND RESPONSIBILITY CODE

Skiing, snowboarding/split-boarding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and all other forms of hiking or sliding on snow in ski area boundaries 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, which is printed on the back of season passes, trail maps, and on the NSAA website: http://www.nsaa.org/safety-programs/responsibility-code/ .  
In addition, we ask that you follow these additional rules of uphill travel:

ALWAYS

    Travel uphill on the designated routes only (marked with yellow discs from Skibowl West Base Area).
    Stay within 5-feet of the designated route; do not hike or stand in the middle of a ski trail.
    Observe all posted signs, warnings, and trail closures.
    Be alert for and yield to downhill skiers.
    Be aware of trail crossings and trail merges and be sure to look uphill before crossing a run.
    Yield to and give appropriate amount of distance to all ski area machinery, equipment, snow making operations,winch cat operations, and avalanche mitigation work.

NEVER

    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 pets out of parking areas during the ski season.  Dogs are not allowed on hill at any point during the ski season. 

UPHILL POLICIES AT SKIBOWL

•    Uphill travel is allowed all day, seven days a week, from the West Side Base Area up the designated route (top of Multorpor Chairlift).  Access to Upper Bowl and Cascade runs is only available during non-operating hours.
•    Uphill travel on Multorpor runs, Upper Bowl Runs, and Outback runs is prohibited. 
•    Uphill travel is strictly prohibited in any area accessed via a rope tow, handle tow, or conveyor.
•    Dogs are prohibited on hill at Skibowl during the ski season. 
•    Uphill recreationalists must always remain visible.  We strongly suggest the use of lights and reflective clothing for nighttime and/or early morning ascents.  
•    Uphill recreationalists must stay on the uphill travelers left side of the trail. Within 5-feet of the designated route and or tree line. 
•    Uphill recreationalists must be aware of downhill traffic and avoid blind spots.
•    All uphill recreationalists must have a valid lift ticket or pass if they choose to ride any of Skibowl’s chairlifts. 
•    As with downhill skier/rider traffic, uphill travelers must obey all posted signage, instructions, restrictions, and closures. 
•    If snow making equipment is in use, we ask that uphill travelers use caution and keep an appropriate distance from any snow making operations.  
•    If there are snowmobiles, snow-cats, winch cats, or other machinery and equipment we ask that uphill travelers use caution and keep an appropriate distance from any machinery and/or equipment.  
•    If active avalanche mitigation is in progress, we ask that all uphill travelers use caution and keep an appropriate distance from any area where ski cutting and/or explosives are being used.


IN CASE OF EMERGENCY 

Skibowl Ski Patrol Dispatch Number: 971-269-7074
Please be aware that ski area services, including Ski Patrol, are not available during non-operational hours. Please call Clackamas County Sheriff at 911 in the event of an emergency during non-operational hours. You are responsible for your own safety at all times while at Skibowl. 
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you on the hill!

SKIER RESPONSIBILTY CODE

Common Sense, it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code

1.    Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2.    People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3.    You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4.    Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5.    Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6.    Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7.    Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.