As written in the Lost Trail Ski Area Operating plan regarding uphill travel. Please reference the specific policy language below:
Lost Trail Ski Area (LTSA) promotes keeping the back country open to off-site users. However, uphill travel is restricted during LTSA's operational hours. LTSA offers backcountry access by allowing users to purchase a $9 one ride lift pass. One ride lift passes can be purchased at any ticket window or the main office. We suggest using a one ride pass to ride the Saddle Mountain/Chair 4 lift to access the backcountry. Chair 4 runs from 9:30am-3:30pm, Thursday through Sunday from mid-November (snow provided) through April. Please check for any wind closures if you plan to use Chair 4 to access the backcountry. On days that Lost Trail Ski Area is closed or after lifts are closed for the day, the only way to access the back country is via our Saddle Mountain Up Hill Route (SMUHR). The SMUHR is open to non-motorized uphill traffic on days that LTSA is not open (Monday through Wednesday (excluding Martin Luther King Jr Day and Presidents' Day). The SMHUR is also open to uphill traffic from 5pm to 3am on days that LTSA is open. If lifts are operating, the SMUHR is CLOSED to uphill traffic and you must purchase a one-ride lift ticket to access the backcountry from LTSA. Off-site users using the SMUHR to access the backcountry must return down the SMUHR through LTSA.
Ski trails and other ski area improvements are designed for use by downhill travel by guests utilizing alpine or telemark skis, or snowboard equipment. These trails and improvements are constructed to be accessed via the resort's ski lift system. Alternative use of trails and improvements are prohibited or restricted for safety considerations as listed below.
Use of the LTSA's alpine ski trail system for alternative winter activities such as uphill access is restricted due to hazard and safety concerns except on the SMUHR. All users within the Special Use Permit are required to purchase a season pass or daily lift ticket for downhill activities within the permit area.
We ask that backcountry enthusiasts to please respect our No Uphill Travel Policy during operational hours. Lost Trail Ski Area sells powder...skiing & snowboarding is our business. Our feature product is the snow produced by Mother Nature. Lost Trail has a Special Use Permit to provide untouched slopes for all our guests. Lost Trail's goal is to provide untouched powder, with endless face shots for our patrons. We ask all snow enthusiasts that like to hike, skin, or post hole our mountain to please enjoy until end of day on November 20 of respective year. Lost Trail always hopes to open the first week in December or sooner, snow permitting. Let's all enjoy a safe family place to recreate together this season. Remember masks or face coverings are required in our lodge and buildings, ticket lines, lift lines, and where social distancing cannot be maintained.