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Mountain Policies

At Red Lodge Mountain we take the safety of our guests and employees very seriously.  All skiers and riders are responsible for complying with the Responsibility Code and avoiding collisions with other skiers and riders.  Failure to adhere to our resort’s policies and rules can and will result in a suspension or revocation of skiing/riding privileges. Please understand the below policies.

 Uphill Travel | Drone/UAV’s  | Overnight Camping | Service Animals | Equipment Policy  



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Access for uphill travel (hiking-to-ski) on Red Lodge Mountain is a privilege, please be respectful of these rules and be safe. Should too many incidents occur we will have to consider suspending access during our operating season for a period of time.
Our Uphill Policy is in effect during our operating season (opening day – closing day). Outside of this time-frame, Uphill Travel is not restricted and at-your-own-risk.


    • Uphill Travel is permitted between the hours of 4:30pm and 9:00am.
    • Uphill Travel Pass or single-use tickets are required and must be worn in an easily visible location.
      • The Uphill Only Pass will be included the purchase of a 2023-24 Season Pass. All users will need to sign a waiver and obtain their Pass and reflective armband in person at the Ticket Office or Grizzly Peak Outdoors.
      • Uphill Only Passes ($50) and Uphill Day Tickets ($20) are available for purchase at Grizzly Peak Outdoors and the Ticket Office during regular business hours.
      • Click to view Uphill Agreement and Waiver


    • There are two required uphill routes (indicated on the map in green).
      • on lookers left: Show Off Alley to Chicken Trail to Lazy M to Grizzly Peak Summit
      • beginning on lookers left: Show Off Alley to Otto Bahn. As Otto Bahn passes Ladies Aid, move to lookers right and continue from Otto Bahn to Turnpike to Midway Chalet.
    • All travel PROHIBITED on:
      • closed trails
      • any run with snowmaking equipment present
      • all terrain park features
      • the following routes due to potential winch cat grooming (indicated on the map in black).

Rules & Regulations

    1.   STEER CLEAR of any runs with snow making equipment. (High-voltage electrical + high-pressure water lines = ☠️☠️☠️ ).  Do not ski over hoses or power cables.
    2.   ALWAYS check the snow report page on our website prior to heading out. It will have pertinent information regarding avalanche control work &/or closures.
    3.  LOOK for the flashing red light on our Billboard as you turn off of Highway 212 and on the building by the lower parking lot with the Uphill Information Board, which indicates when uphill travel is prohibited.  If the light is on, then Uphill is closed for the day.
    4.   STAY ALERT to what’s going on around you, especially equipment, machinery, other skiers & riders. Move out of the way of snow cats and snowmobiles.
    5.   LIMIT your uphill travel, to no more than 2 people abreast.
    6.   LEAVE your dogs at home. Unfortunately, some irresponsible dog owners have forced us to make this rule.
    7.   PLAN AHEAD and know that conditions change quickly. Temps can be sub-zero, especially with wind, and will get colder when the sun goes down.
    8.   Uphill Travel is BACKCOUNTRY SKIING. There are many unmarked hazards. The area is not patrolled. Avalanche danger exists. If you need rescuing, call 911.
    9.   BE SEEN and wear reflective clothing, especially in poor lighting.
    10.   NEVER GO ALONE. 


Please be aware of our uphill travel lights, located at the mountain sign and lower mountain pump house. When these lights are flashing, hiking and uphill travel are CLOSED until further notice.



Due to safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Red Lodge Mountain (RLM) prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within RLM property, boundaries, or Special Permit Use lands owned by the US Forest Service.  This extends to drones launched from private property outside of the RLM boundaries but flying over RLM property. Violation of this policy may result in suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, revocation of your season pass, legal responsibility for damages, including privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.



Overnight camping is allowed in the farthest south-east corner of the lower parking lot. Overnight campers may receive a 5:30am wake-up call to move vehicles, in the event snow removal is necessary.



The Hancock Hut is located at the top of Grizzly Peak and houses our summit Ski Patrol station. This season, it will be open to the public as a warming space where brown bagged lunches are welcome, when the Grizzly Peak chairlift is operating and Ski Patrol is on site. Please note that the Hancock Hut is owned and operated by Red Lodge Mountain, and reserves the right to close access to the public at any time. At this time, overnight access will not be permitted.



Red Lodge Mountain supports the use of trained service animals. All service animals must meet the current ADA guidelines which include, but are not limited to: remaining under the direct control of the user at all times, be house broken and be trained and utilized to perform a specific task or work for a person with a disability according to ADA regulations.

The use of service animals is permitted within buildings and facilities located in the Base Area. The use of service animals (including miniature horses) on lifts, trails and slopes directly conflicts with Red Lodge Mountain safety requirements and impedes the reasonably safe operation of Red Lodge Mountain on slope activities. Red Lodge Mountain restricts the use of animals on lifts and slopes to dogs, specifically trained, or in the process of being trained for avalanche search and rescue work and which are under the control of Red Lodge Mountain personnel. These safety concerns include the real potential for conflicts between service animals and skiers and riders, and are compounded by the large volume of slope and trail use. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.



Red Lodge Mountain reserves the right to select the type of equipment allowed on RLM aerial and surface lifts and terrain. Skis and snowboards must have proper retention and/or braking devices. Sleds, tubes, snow skates, ski bikes, ski trikes, discs, toboggans, snow scooters, body sleds, or airboards are not permitted on RLM terrain or lifts. This list is not exhaustive and subject to change at any time. In addition, foot passengers are not allowed on lifts unless authorized by management 24 hours in advance.

Adaptive Equipment

Red Lodge Mountain permits specialized equipment1 to allow those with disabilities to access RLM lifts and terrain under the following conditions:

    • The person using the equipment must have a qualifying disability2 that requires them to utilize a special device to access lifts and slopes.
    • The equipment must be inspected by RLM and deemed to be safely operational when being loaded and unloaded on the aerial lifts, with minimum disruption to normal operations.
    • The equipment and person(s) operating/assisting must be able to control and stop the equipment in a safe manner.
    • Adaptive skiers may use a guide or personal assistant in order to ski safely, negotiate the lifts, or meet other conditions of the Skier Code. Guides and personal assistants may utilize specialized equipment to assist the adaptive skier in training and learning of adaptive skiing techniques.

If a person with a disability desires to access RLM lifts and terrain, but does not possess the proper equipment and training, the individual must make arrangements with Eagle Mount. Eagle Mount is an organization, independent of RLM, that specializes in assisting people with disabilities enjoy skiing and snowboarding at RLM. It provides specially designed equipment and adaptive techniques, along with the assistance of well-trained staff and volunteer instructors, for children and adults with disabilities. For more information, contact the Eagle Mount Ski Program, [email protected], or call (406) 969-2949.

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1 – There is no express list of what type of equipment is considered specialized equipment for adaptive skiing access. Specialized equipment for adaptive skiers which meets all the conditions outlined in the Adaptive Equipment Policy will be allowed access at RLM. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to help disabled person(s) meet the policy.
2 – Skiers with a disability are persons meeting the definition contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Section 12102, that substantially limits that person’s ability to ski or snowboard, negotiate slopes/trails, or meet the general requirements to use passenger ropeways. This definition does not apply to impairments that are transitory, with an actual or expected duration of six (6) months or less.