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Uphill Pass Program

Uphill Pass Program Info

Uphill Pass Program Detail


Welcome to the Uphill Passport Program and thank you for being a responsible ski area user. Sunlight Mountain Resort allows uphill travel during the winter season including pre-season and post-season. Uphill travel is closed while snowmaking operations are underway and other times as deemed necessary for guest and employee safety.

  • All guests traveling uphill must have an Uphill Pass.
  • Both day passes and season passes are available.
  • All guest must read and sign the Uphill Passport agreement below. 
  • Please choose either the Green Route (easiest) or Orange Route (more difficult).




Purchase a Single Day Uphill Pass at the Guest Service Office open 8:30am to 3pm daily.



Purchase your Uphill Season Pass online.

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Uphill Pass Program

Name: ___________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________

All guests including season pass holders must possess a current Sunlight Uphill Pass. Uphill Passes can be obtained at the Sunlight Ticket Office, OR ONLINE AT SUNLIGHTMTN.COM.

Thank you for participating in Sunlight Mountain Resort's Uphill Passport Program. The Roaring Fork Valley has an active up-hilling community and Sunlight Mountain Resort seeks to work closely with the National Forest Service, its local users, volunteers, private businesses, and others to facilitate uphill access and support up-hilling events.

Please respect that Sunlight Mountain Resort is in the business of downhill skiing with significant investments in snowmaking, grooming, and trail maintenance. Enjoying our slopes, snowmaking, snow grooming, and powder is a privilege. The goal of the passport program is to PRESERVE THE PRIVILEGE of uphilling while preventing accidents and injuries, as well as establishing and maintaining a communicative dialogue with uphill users.

Sunlight Uphill Policy:

Sunlight Mountain Resort allows uphill foot and skier traffic during the winter operating season, including pre-season and post-season. Uphill travel is closed while snowmaking operations are underway and other times as deemed necessary for guest and employee safety.

1. The guest must abide by the Uphill Pass rules as follow:

  • Uphill access is closed during snowmaking operations.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the mountain at any time.
  • Use designated routes; Obtain a map in the Guest Service Office.
  • Keep to the side of the trail, downhill traffic has the right of way.
  • Keep a minimum of 100 feet away from snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking equipment at all times! Never follow directly behind a snowcat.
  • There is no ski patrol or emergency services before or after normal operating hours. You Are On Your Own!

2. Persons accessing Sunlight Mountain Resort properties outside normal operating hours acknowledge that activities including, but not limited to, slope grooming, snow making, snowmobile traffic, special event setup and marked and unmarked obstacles pertaining to those activities may be exist on any slope at any time.

3. By accepting the terms of the Uphill Pass, the user acknowledges that his/her activities fall under the provisions of the Colorado Ski Safety Act as amended 2004.

Uphill Activity Overview:

  • I understand that ski area operations can be underway 24 hours a day including pre- and post-season.
  • I understand as an ascender I assume the same risks as a skier.
  • I understand that fat biking is not allowed within the ski area boundaries except in the case of an event hosted by Sunlight Mountain Resort.
  • I am aware that on-mountain hazards include: snowmaking equipment, extremely variable snow conditions, grooming cats, winch cats, snowmobiles, pipe and hoses, high voltage electric lines, variable weather conditions and other skiers.
  • I am aware snowmaking electric lines conduct high voltage and are to be avoided.
  • I am aware that snowmaking hoses and lines are often charged with very high pressure and are to be avoided.
  • I understand that I should stay out of the way of snow cats on the hill. Do not follow cats that are grooming.  Please stay at least 100 feet away from operating cats.
  • Please avoid all equipment and operations.
  • I understand that Sunlight does not allow dogs on the mountain at any time during the operating season. This policy is necessary in order to keep dog poop off of our slopes. Failure to observe Sunlight’s dog policy, and increased presence of dog poop on the slopes can potentially threaten the future opportunity of uphilling at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
  • On occasion any portion of our mountain can be closed to up-hilling, particularly when early-season snowmaking operations are underway. It is your responsibility to check if the mountain is open.
  • I understand uphillers may not access lifts without a valid pass or lift ticket.
  • I understand that there are no ski area services when the mountain is not in operation.
  • No services are provided outside of normal operating hours and rescues should be directed to the local Sheriff's Office (911).
  • I will obey closures, including preseason, post season and after operating hours. I understand the closures are in place for my safety.
  • I am aware that I share the mountain with other uphillers and will stay visible and alert to others.
  • Please be courteous to our employees and respect they are doing their jobs making snow, grooming, hosting events, and ensuring mountain safety.
  • Please keep an eye out for uphillers descending while you are ascending.

Nighttime Up-hilling:

  • Rescue outside of operating hours may be attempted by the Sheriff’s Office (911).
  • Sunlight Mountain Resort employees do not respond to incidents outside of operating hours.
  • Please respect the groomers by both moving out of their pass and staying off groomed terrain when possible.
  • Avoid winch cat operations. The cable can be stretched for several hundred yards down the hill and is very difficult to see and exceedingly dangerous. Crews will post signs and lights in the area when they conduct winching operations. Stay far away from these areas both ascending and descending.
  • Reflective clothing and headlamps are strongly recommended when ascending at night.

Pre- and Post-Season:

  • Extra care should be used ascending and descending prior to the start of a season and after shut down. Preseason is by far the most dangerous time for uphilling.
  • No snowmobiles or cats are permitted on the ski areas ever, including post season.


Designated Routes:

Sunlight clearly marks two designated uphill routes. Check daily route Open/Closed status online.

ORANGE ROUTE: From the base hike up Tercero lift line to hiker’s left of Loop, follow the signs past the top of Tercero to hiker’s left of Sunking. Continue to hiker’s right of Little Max continue to the top.

GREEN ROUTE: From the base follow the signs up hiker’s left on Ute to the top.

Sunlight Uphill Pass Price:

Free: Sunlight Season Pass Holders enjoy a FREE Uphill Pass. Purchase online then go to the Season Pass Office to obtain your pass 8:30am to 3:00pm.

$10: A one-day uphill ticket is $10.  Obtain in the Guest Service Office 9am-3pm

$50: A season pass is $50. Purchase online, then go to the Season Pass Office to obtain your pass 9am to 2:30pm.

Uphill Season Passes

  • Uphill Season Passes are free for ALL Sunlight Season Pass Holders;
  • Uphill Season Passes grant uphill access within Sunlight’s Operating Area for the current season;
  • Sunlight season pass holders wishing to uphill must sign the Uphill Pass agreement and obtain an uphill season pass;
  • Those who are not Sunlight season pass holders can purchase an Uphill Pass for $50;
  • Uphill season passes can be purchased online at SunlightMTN.com or at the Sunlight Lift Ticket Office. It is a picture pass, so photos must be taken to process the pass;
  • Uphill season passes MUST be worn visibly while traveling uphill.

Single Day Uphill Tickets

  • Single day uphill tickets can be purchased for $10/day. Single day tickets can be purchase at:

             1.) Guest Services (8:30am - 3:00pm daily)

             2.) Online at SunlightMTN.com

If you wish to uphill during off hours you  can show proof of purchase via your phone when asked while traveling uphill at Sunlight. Please save your email purchase confirmation and get your physical pass as soon as possible;

  • All single day users agree to the Uphill Pass agreement;
  • Single day users must wear the Uphill Ticket visibly while uphilling or be able to show proof of purchase if traveling uphill during off hours.

Sunlight Mountain Resort maintains an open boundary with limited exceptions. Please be aware of the rules and risks if you chose to leave the ski area boundary.

Thank you for participating in Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Uphill Passport Program.

I understand and will abide by Sunlight Mountain Resort’s uphilling policies.

_____________________________________                      ____________

Participant Signature                                                  Date

 Sunlight Mountain Resort operates with a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest. Sunlight Mountain Resort is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.

Sunlight Mountain Resort



1. The person who is taking part in uphill travel activites at Sunlight Inc., DBA Sunlight Mountain Resort, shall be referred to hereinafter as “Participant”. The “Undersigned” means only the Participant when the Participant is age 18 or older OR it means both the Participant and the Participant’s parent or legal guardian when the Participant is under the age of 18.  The Undersigned agree and understand that skiing and/or using any of the facilities of the ski area, including but not limited to use of the lifts, ski slopes, trails, and other equipment, for any purpose (hereinafter the “Activity”), can be HAZARDOUS AND INVOLVES THE RISK OF PHYSICAL INJURY AND/OR DEATH.

2.  The Undersigned are advised that a person using any of the facilities of the ski area is considered a skier. The Undersigned acknowledge and understand the dangers and risks of skiing and understand that the Participant, as a “skier” under Colorado law, ASSUMES ALL INHERENT DANGERS AND RISKS as provided by the Colorado Ski Safety Act (hereinafter “Act”).

3.  The Undersigned further understand and agree that in signing this Agreement, the Undersigned are expressly acknowledging and assuming additional risks and dangers that may result in property damage, physical injury and/or death above and beyond those outlined in the Act, including but not limited to:

Falling; avalanches; cornices; suffocation; crevasses; equipment failure; equipment malfunction; equipment damage; Participant’s improper use of equipment; Participant’s use of his/her own personal equipment; Participant’s failure to maintain or otherwise upkeep his/her own personal equipment; slick or uneven surfaces; slipping; tripping; loss of balance; rugged mountainous terrain; bumps; tree wells; downed timber; rocks of various sizes; holes; debris; marked and unmarked obstacles; drainage channels; varying visibility; unmaintained trails; path and/or trail obstructions; unmarked roads and/or trails; Participant or another acting in a negligent manner that may cause and/or contribute to injury to Participant or others, such as selecting terrain that exceeds his/her ability and not acting within such ability; Participant’s failure to comply with signage; collisions with natural or man-made objects or collisions with other people; falling objects; encounters with snowmobiles and/or other motor vehicles; becoming lost or separated; lack of shelter; lift loading, unloading, and riding; storms, lightning, hail, snow and other adverse weather; limited access to and/or delay of medical attention; Participant’s health condition; strenuous activity; fatigue; exhaustion; dehydration; hypothermia; high elevation; altitude sickness; frostbite; & mental distress from exposure to any of the above.

4.  Pursuant to Colorado law, Participant assumes the responsibility of maintaining control at all times while engaging in the Activity. Participant is responsible for reading, understanding and complying with all signage, including instructions on use of lifts. Participant must have the physical dexterity and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload the lifts. Participant assumes the risks of riding the lifts and engaging in activities accessible from the lifts. Further, the Undersigned understand that a minor Participant may use the ski lifts without an adult present.  The Undersigned are advised that snowmobiles, snowmaking, and snow-grooming equipment may be encountered at any time, and the Undersigned recognize that falls and collisions occur and injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence of the Activity. 

5.  The Undersigned acknowledge and understand that the description of the risks listed above are not complete and that participating in the Activity, whether or not described, may be dangerous and may also include risks which are inherent and/or which cannot be reasonably avoided without changing the nature of the Activity. By signing this document, the Undersigned recognize that property loss, injury, serious injury and death are all possible while participating in the Activity.  RECOGNIZING THE RISKS AND DANGERS, THE UNDERSIGNED UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE ACTIVITY AND VOLUNTARILY CHOOSE FOR PARTICIPANT TO PARTICIPATE IN AND EXPRESSLY ASSUME ALL RISKS AND DANGERS OF THE ACTIVITY, WHETHER OR NOT DESCRIBED ABOVE, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, INHERENT OR OTHERWISE.

6.  Additionally, in consideration for allowing the Participant to participate in the Activity, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY AGREE NOT TO SUE Sunlight Mountain Resort or any of their respective successors in interest, affiliated organizations and companies, insurance carriers, agents, employees, representatives, assignees, officers, directors, and shareholders (each hereinafter a “Released Party””) for any property damage (including but not limited to equipment damage), injury or loss to Participant, including death, which Participant may suffer, arising in whole or in part out of Participant’s participation in the Activity.  By agreeing not to sue, the Undersigned are releasing any right to make a claim or file a lawsuit against any Released Party. Also, the UNDERSIGNED AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS AND RELEASE EACH AND EVERY RELEASED PARTY FROM ANY AND ALL liability and/or claims for injury or death to persons or damage to property arising from Participant’s participation in the Activity, including, but not limited to, those claims based on any Released Party’s alleged or actual NEGLIGENCE or BREACH of any CONTRACT and/or express or implied WARRANTY.

7.  By execution of this Agreement, the Undersigned also AGREE TO DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY/REIMBURSE each Released Party from any and all claims of the Undersigned and/or a third party arising in whole or in part from Participant’s participation in the Activity.

8.  In consideration for allowing Participant to participate in the Activity, the Undersigned agree that any and all claims for injury and/or death arising from the Participant’s participation in the Activity shall be governed by Colorado law and exclusive jurisdiction of any claim shall be the District Court OF GARFIELD COUNTY, COLORADO or in the Federal Court for the State of COLORADO.

9.  In the case of a minor Participant, the Undersigned parent or legal guardian acknowledges that he/she is not only signing this Agreement on his/her behalf, but that he/she is also signing on behalf of the minor and that the minor shall be bound by all the terms of this Agreement. Additionally, by signing this Agreement as the parent or legal guardian of a minor Participant, the parent or legal guardian understands that he/she is also waiving certain rights on behalf of the minor that the minor otherwise may have.  The Undersigned parent or legal guardian agrees that but for the foregoing, the minor Participant would not be permitted to participate in the Activity.

10.  By signing this Agreement without a parent or legal guardian’s signature, Participant, under penalty of fraud, represents that he/she is at least 18 years of age.  If signing as the parent or guardian of a minor Participant, signing adults represent that they are a LEGAL parent or guardian of the minor Participant.

11.  The Undersigned understand and acknowledge that this Agreement is a contract and shall be binding to the fullest extent permitted by law. If any part of this Agreement is deemed to be unenforceable, the remaining terms shall be an enforceable contract between the parties.  It is the Undersigned’s intent that this Agreement shall be binding upon the assignees, subrogors, distributors, heirs, next of kin, executors and personal representatives of the Undersigned.


 ___________________________                             ________________________________                        

Printed Name of Participant                           Signature of Participant                                  Date


__________________________________                            ________________________________________                       

Printed Name of Parent/Legal Guardian #1                           Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian #1          Date



__________________________________                            ________________________________________

Printed Name of Parent/Legal Guardian #2                           Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian #2          Date




Address                                                                                   Telephone



Emergency Contact:

________________________________________                Printed Name                                         Telephone                                               name/relation



Sunlight Mountain Resort
10901 County Road 117
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
800.445.7931 or 970.945.7491



Sunlight Mountain Resort operates with a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest. Sunlight Mountain Resort is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.