It is your responsibility to read through the entire Uphill Travel Policy and study the Access Routes if you plan to travel uphill at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Whitefish Mountain Resort Uphill Traffic Policy
Please Note the Following Special Order from the US Forest Service:
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, within the Whitefish Mountain Resort permit boundary. Order D08-112-L-10, Title 36 CFR 261.53(e) This Special Order is ALWAYS In Effect.
Before Ski Season: Please heed the Forest Service Special Order, Uphill Traffic Policy and the Uphill Skier Responsibility Code. There are no other route restrictions, and uphill travel should be pursued at one’s own risk.
During Ski Season: Uphill traffic within the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort and only on the two designated routes during the time periods indicated here:
Toni Matt Route 6AM-4PM ONLY
This route follows the western (left-hand, if traveling uphill) edge of Toni Matt from the Lift Plaza to the Summit and is marked by 12″ red diamonds with an arrow and the word “UPHILL” printed on them.
East Route 9AM-7PM ONLY
*This route begins at the Base Lodge, crosses the bridge towards the Ski and Ride School and Clinic building and ascends lower Inspiration, Expressway, Moe-Mentum, and Fill Hill to the Summit. It is marked by 12″ red diamonds with an arrow and the word “UPHILL” printed on them. Please park in the Willow Lot.
Outside of Operating Hours (BEFORE 9AM and AFTER 4PM) skiers MUST proceed down the approved route for the time skiing down.
After Ski Season: For the 14 days following “Closing Day” at the resort, uphill and downhill traffic within the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort will be restricted in the following ways:
East Route 8AM – 4PM ONLY
No Route Restrictions before 8AM and after 4PM
LEGAL INFORMATION: Whitefish Mountain Resort is the holder of a Special Use Permit on U.S. Forest Service land in the Tally Lake Ranger District. That permit states that: “The Special Use Permit authorizes the resort to provide public opportunities for skiing and snowboarding and natural resource-based outdoor recreation in National Forest Settings … The lands within the special use permit boundary shall remain open to the public for all lawful purposes; except for any restrictions the resort and Forest Service agree to be necessary as documented in the Operating Plan … The resort is responsible for public health and risk management within the resort boundary.” All dogs at Whitefish Mountain Resort, including on Forest Service Land, must be leashed and controlled at all times, pursuant to Federal Regulation 36 CFR 261.53(e). During ski season, dogs are not permitted outside of parking areas at the resort.
The Uphill Skier’s Responsibility Code
Skiing (a term which includes snowboarding 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, marked with red diamond-shaped signs.
- Stay completely to the edge of ski trails; do not hike or stand in the middle of a ski 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 pets out of parking areas during ski season.
Thank you for your cooperation. We’ll see you on the hill.
– The Staff of Whitefish Mountain Resort