Uphill Travel Policy

Skinning & Uphill Route Information

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (WSPRC) encourages use of public land. Uphill users are welcome but must abide by Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park and WSPRC’s restrictions, policies, and guidelines. To eliminate safety concerns for the ski area as well as its uphill and downhill users, please review the following:

Purchase an Uphill Skier Pass

Users must have one of the following:

  • An annual Uphill Skier Winter Season Pass ($50) + Free Early Hours Parking Permit. To purchase, call Snow Sports Office at 509.238.2220 x 0.
  • A regular downhill season pass holder or an individual who purchased a daily lift ticket for that day may access the Uphill Route prior to opening. With proof of purchase, you may request a Free Early Hours Parking Permit from Snow Sports for no additional cost. Parking permit must be requested one week prior to usage date.

Questions or Purchase Pass: Call Snow Sports Office at 509.238.2220 x 0

General Rules

  1. Within the Mt Spokane Ski Area Boundary, uphill travel is permitted, with appropriate pass, on designated routes under conditions that do not impact grooming, parking, snow removal, maintenance, or other ski area operations.
  2. Each person must carry pass and display a provided parking permit in any vehicle parked in the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park Concession Area. Passes must be purchased through Snow Sports (509.238.2220) in advance of uphill ski access.
  3. All uphill travelers in the patrolled ski area boundary are considered skiers and are required to familiarize themselves with Uphill Skier policies, Skier’s Responsibility Code, RCW 79A.45.030, and Mt. Spokane rules and policies. Mt. Spokane accepts no liability or responsibility for accidents that occur because of uphill travel. RCW 4.24.210
  4. Dogs are NOT permitted within the alpine ski area except in the parking lots. Outside the boundary of the ski area, dogs must always be leashed and under their owner’s control.
  5. Specific routes may be closed at any given time due to safety or hazardous conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to; hazard trees, construction, and grooming or maintenance operations. Check the Mt. Spokane Snow Report for notices of closures or route changes.
  6. Hourglass, No Alibi, and Two-Face often necessitate the use of a winch grooming system which can create extreme safety hazards during winch operations. Uphill travelers must be visible (by wearing headlamps during hours of darkness) and yield to all downhill traffic whether person or machine.
  7. Users are welcome to travel outside of the ski area boundary, using Washington State Parks trail systems in accordance with subjective policies. The standard summit route for skiers and snowshoers starts at the Lower Selkirk Parking Lot. It ascends Trail 131, skirts left along the lower edge of B-29 to Trail 130, passes the Bald Knob Picnic Shelter, and then ascends to the Mt. Spokane summit straight up the fall line staying south of the patrolled boundary. Once on the summit, it is permissible to hike north to the Vista House (see map). If parked outside the Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, you must purchase a Sno-park pass through WA State Parks.

Always

  • Travel uphill only on the designated route.
  • 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.

Designated Routes/Times

Mt. Spokane recently announced new hours for uphill skiers! Read the announcement.

B29 Route-Ascent: The route begins at the base of Lodge One. Follow the far-left side (looking uphill) to the junction with B-29 and follows the outside edge of the groomed trail to the uphill junction with Tea Kettle. Uphill traffic follows the outside edge of Tea Kettle, adjacent to the ski area boundary to the summit of the mountain. Uphill travelers must stay on the trail edge closest to the ski area boundary (left when traveling uphill).

Skinners may begin uphill travel at 7:15am and use the uphill route throughout the day. Upon transitioning to downhill travel, all skiers must abide by ski area policies, regulations and business hours.

  • All Operating Days: 7:15am–4pm (Grooming begins at 4pm each day)
  • Non-operating Mondays: 7:15am–Dusk
  • Non-operating Tuesdays: 7:15am–4pm (Grooming begins at 4pm)

Skiing and snowshoeing are permitted within the patrolled boundary until grooming operations begin.

Parking

  • Must have Early Hours Parking Permit Displayed in the dash.
  • Weekday Mornings: Park facing snowbank adjacent to Lodge 1, between the two driveways.
  • Weekend Mornings: Park in the employee parking area south (uphill) of Lodge 1.
  • Spokane Concession Parking Areas: Requires Mt. Spokane Uphill Early Hours Parking Permit displayed dash.
  • Selkirk and Lower Selkirk/Snowmobile Lot: State Parks requires a SNO-PARK Permit (Day Use or Annual). Call the Ranger Station at 509.238.4258 for more information.

Roadways at Mt. Spokane are cleared by the Washington State Parks. Abiding by parking guidelines allows access for necessary snow clearing.