Uphill Travel

Uphill Travel Policy

Earn Your Turns at Swain

Uphill skinning is becoming increasingly popular and Swain Resort welcomes all winter enthusiasts.
Uphill travel is permitted at Swain at your own risk. Please familiarize yourself with our rules below to ensure yours and everyone else’s safety during uphill skinning. Failure to abide by these rules may result in seizure of season pass, lift ticket or your removal from the premises. (Or worse, you could get severely injured! So just don’t be an idiot!)
Uphill skinning and cross country skiing is permitted during the winter operating season. All travelers must have a valid season pass, uphill pass or day lift ticket during open hours. Uphill passes are available for $29 for the season or  for $15 for the day. (Uphill travel is included for season pass holders.)
  1. Trails designated for uphill travel are Lower Mile Sweep, Upper Mile Sweep and Round Top, Lower Maverick and Illusion ONLY.
  2. Uphill travel is permitted during daylight hours only.
  3. Please stay to the side of all designated trails.
  4. You must remain visible at all times to hill traffic – including grooming equipment and snowmobiles. Stay clear of all grooming and snowmaking equipment and operations.
  5. Pets are not permitted on trails.


CAUTION: If you access trails outside of normal operating hours, please be aware that you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. There will be no Ski Patrol on the mountain during this time, and hazards may not be marked. In case of emergency, call 911 and understand that response times will be longer. Use extra caution and stay away from equipment and machinery.

Responsibility Code

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Stay off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Travel uphill only on designated routes.
  • During non-operating hours, you must descend the mountain on the designated uphill route.  For your safety and that of our staff, do not deviate from the designated route. 
  • Travel on the edge of the trail and don’t stand more than two people side-by-side across the trail.
  • Don’t stop in high traffic areas.