Winter uphill travel by means of skinning and snowshoeing is becoming increasingly popular.  Killington Ski Resort and Pico Mountain at Killington welcome winter uphill travel enthusiasts. In order to help provide an enjoyable and orderly experience for both uphill and downhill guests on a 24/7 basis, all uphill travelers are required to follow resort rules, including the best practices outlined below.

Land Use

The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation and the National Forest Service acknowledge that ski resort operators have the ability to decide and define how ski trails and facilities can be operated, accessed and utilized.  This provides Killington and Pico authority over land use at both locations.  Killington Ski Resort leases land at Killington from the State of Vermont and land at Pico is privately owned.

Uphill Travel Pass

All uphill travelers are required to have a 2017-18 Uphill Travel Pass with photo ID and to sign a 2017-18 Winter Uphill Travel Express Assumption of Risk form before accessing open and designated uphill travel routes at Killington and Pico.  Signature of an Express Assumption of Risk form by parent or legal guardian is required for minor children ages 17 and under.

  • Passes must be carried by all uphill travelers at all times whenever they utilize uphill travel routes on resort property, both during operating and non-operating hours. Please be prepared to present your pass to resort personnel upon request.
  • There is no charge for an Uphill Travel Pass for anyone who has already purchased a 2017-18 Killington or Pico season pass.  Uphill Travel passes are available at the Killington and Pico Season Pass offices during operating hours.
  • For anyone who hasn’t purchased a 2017-18 Killington or Pico season pass, a 2017-18 Uphill Travel Pass can be purchased for $20. The 2017-18 Uphill Travel Pass may be used at both Killington and Pico Mountain at Killington. 
  • Uphill Travel passes are available at the Killington and Pico Season Pass offices during operating hours. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays when Pico is closed, pick up pass at Pico Sports Center.
  • The 2017-18 Uphill Travel Pass DOES NOT provide lift access either up or down the mountain. 

Open Uphill Travel Routes

Uphill travel routes will be made available at both Killington and Pico during the winter season as conditions permit. 

  • We will open uphill travel routes in line with our ability to effectively manage and operate all functions within the entire resort, including but not limited to snowmaking, trail grooming, equipment maintenance, snow removal, etc.
  • Check our daily conditions report for the current status of uphill travel routes.

Access and Parking for Uphill Travel Routes

Uphill travel routes can be accessed from designated resort parking areas at Killington and Pico. Trail information will be posted on sign plazas located in these parking areas.  

  • Park in the following designated locations:
    • Pico – Far left as you enter the parking lot, adjacent to the Little Pico Triple Chairlift near the Uphill Travel sign plaza.
  • Check Uphill Travel sign plazas for current route status and updates.

While Traveling Uphill and Downhill

Before accessing resort premises make others aware of your uphill travel plans, including anticipated arrival and departure times, then follow these guidelines:

  • Charge your cell phone battery before you go and always travel with your cell phone. 
  • Always use the buddy system! It’s a good idea to travel with a party of at least 3 or more. If you decide to go alone, be sure to advise someone in advance about your activities.
  • Wearing reflective clothing and a bright head lamp is mandatory if you will be on the mountain in low light or when it’s dark. It’s your responsibility to make yourself visible to operations personnel.
  • Your safety is directly affected by your judgment.  Observe and follow Your Responsibility Code shown here:
  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. Stay 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.
  • Travel uphill only on designated routes indicated by markers located beside the trail. 
  • Outside the resort’s regular operating hours (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and 8-:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. weekends and peak days) guests utilizing the uphill travel routes MUST descend via the same uphill route. 
  • Travel on the edge of the trail and don’t stand more than 2 people side-by-side across the trail.
  • Don’t stop in high traffic areas.
  • Be alert and yield to all downhill traffic, including skiers and snowboarders.
  • Resort and mountain operations run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
  • Stay clear of all mountain operations and equipment, including, but not limited to grooming, snowmaking, snowmobiles, and lifts.
  • Always yield to all resort personnel, mountain operations equipment, machines and vehicles.
  • Stay clear of all snow grooming winch operations! Be alert for warning beacons on vehicles, equipment and machinery.
    • If you encounter winching operations, stay off the trail. Winch cables may be located underneath the snow surface one moment, then high in the air above the surface the next. 
    • Grooming tractors suspended on winch cables may be located thousands of feet away.
    • These circumstances can make dangers and hazards hard to see or invisible to, both uphill travelers and equipment operators.  
  • Be prepared for changes in weather and conditions. Nighttime conditions and weather are usually very different from conditions and weather during the day. Be alert to continually changing weather, visibility, surface conditions and terrain features.
  • Anticipate numerous hazards and dangers including, but not limited to snow, snowmaking mounds, ice, ruts, bumps, sheer drop-offs, bare ground, rocks, roots, stumps, trees, power poles, lift towers, snowmaking equipment, grooming vehicles, snowmobiles, other skiers and riders, and many other natural and man-made objects.   
  • Pets are not permitted on trails and slopes. Where pets are permitted on resort property, they must be on a leash.  

Area Boundary

If you decide to leave the ski resort premises and go beyond the ski area boundary, be aware that Killington and Pico assume no responsibility for safety of, or injury, death or damages to skiers or riders. 

  • Backcountry areas beyond the ski area boundary are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel  VERMONT LAW PROVIDES THAT YOU ARE LIABLE FOR ALL EXPENSES OF SEARCH AND RESCUE IF YOU SKI BEYOND THE SKI AREA BOUNDARY AND A SEARCH IS CONDUCTED.
  • Check the Killington and Pico Trail Guides to see ski area boundaries shown by dotted yellow lines bordering each map.



For first aid assistance during resort operating hours, report accidents to any ski patroller, Mountain Ambassador or lift operator. 

  • You can also stop at first aid stations at the top of each mountain area, the first level of the Killington Medical Clinic at Killington or the first aid room located adjacent to Pico Base Lodge at Pico. 
  • Dial Ext. 4444 from any in-house phone or call 802-422-1243 from your cell phone to reach Mountain Dispatch to request first aid assistance.


Ski Patrol is not present and will be unable to provide services to uphill travelers during non-operating hours! 

  • DO NOT count on ski area personnel to be available to assist you.
  • Uphill travelers assume full responsibility for personal safety, and any injury, death or damages when traveling on resort premises during non-operating hours.
  • In the event of an emergency during non-operating hours, uphill travelers must call 911.

Designated Routes


  • From the Ramshead Base Lodge, proceed up the looker’s right side of Easy Street trail.  
  • Follow Easy Street to its intersection with Header trail.  These two trails run together for approximately 100 yards.
  • Turn right up Easy Street and follow it to the base of Swirl trail.

If you decide to leave the ski resort premises and go beyond the ski area boundary, an out-of-bounds uphill travel route continues up Old Swirl trail to the summit of Ramshead Mountain. BE AWARE: this section of the route is outside the ski area boundary and is not maintained or checked by ski resort personnel at any time, both during non-operating AND operating hours.

  • Turn hard right and proceed downhill along the marked route for approximately 75 yards.
  • Turn left and follow the Interconnect uphill until it joins the Pico Mountain Uphill Travel Route on 49er trail.  


  • From the base of the Little Pico Triple chairlift, proceed up the looker’s left side of Lower Pike trail.
  • Follow Lower Pike past the bottom of the Summit Express Quad chairlift.
  • At tower 7 of the Summit Express Quad, bear left up 49er trail and follow to the summit of Pico Mountain.

If you’re looking for a more ‘remote’ uphill travel experience at Pico, you may utilize the Summit Glade route by following these directions:

  • From the base of the Little Pico Triple chairlift, proceed up the looker’s left side of Lower Pike trail.
  • Bear left up C-Slope trail and continue up C-Slope until it intersects with Bushwacker trail.
  • Turn left up Bushwacker trail for approximately 30 yards and then turn right up Summit Glade trail.
  • Continue up Summit Glade to 49er trail.
  • Follow 49er trail to the summit of Pico Mountain. 

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