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Uphill Policy

There’s something about Burke. Maybe it’s because we’re a bit further up. Maybe it’s because Burke is a monadnock - a lone mountain, not a part of a range - and we embrace its individuality.

Whatever "it" is, Burke has gathered a collection of individuals tied together by a common thread of tradition. We value authentic skiing and riding experiences, which is why you won't find us widening the trails on our 178 acres any time soon (or, ever). Nor will we cut into our 100+ acres of beautiful glades just to raise our trail number. There's enough terrain here to challenge all levels, believe us. As you appreciate the natural contours of the mountain, you'll learn - if not remember - what makes Vermont skiing so great in the first place. 

Alpine Touring Guidelines 

Burke Mountain embraces the adventure spirit, which is why for the 2018-2019 ski season we allow and encourage alpine touring during both operational and non-operational hours. We just ask that you follow these simple rules outlined below. You’re welcome. 

Uphill travel recommended during operational hours on designated uphill routes. 

  • Obtain uphill travel pass and identifying ticket/armband at Customer Service (located in Sherburne base lodge). 
  • Sign acknowledgement of risk agreement at Guest Services or click here to download/print/sign and bring to Guest services down in the Sherburne Base Lodge.  
  • Customer Service will inform which trails are designated for uphill traffic. 
  • No dogs allowed during operational hours. 
  • Recommended: good quality snowshoes or touring skis/split boards with metal edges and brakes or restraint straps. 
  • Please use wilderness etiquette: remove all waste and leave only tracks. 
  • Hike and ski in a single file line on the side of designated trail. 

For your safety 

Mountain operations take place AT ALL TIMES. This includes grooming, snowmaking, transportation of materials and personnel, and other activities. STAY AWAY FROM ALL RESORT OPERATIONS AND MACHINERY FOR YOUR SAFETY. 

Guests accessing the trail system through uphill travel should stay to the side of the trail, wear highly visible clothing, and choose a route which gives downhill traffic the best view of your location. Be aware of sharp turns and knolls where you may not be in view of downhill traffic.

What to know before you go

  • Your responsibility code applies at all times, please follow it.
  • Never go alone. It is best to hike in groups of three. Remember we do not have ski patrol services outside of operational hours (before 9am or after 4pm).
  • Check the weather forecast before you go. Our mountain weather can change very quickly.
  • Dress appropriately for the conditions.
  • Bring a cell phone with you. In the event of an emergency, call 911. Ensure you pay attention to your specific location including trail names.
  • When hiking in the dark, wear a headlamp and bright, reflective clothing.

You assume responsibility for accessing our ski trails outside of operating hours. In the event you require emergency response, you will be responsible for all costs incurred as a result.

Prescribed Uphill Travel Routes 

For the purpose of this policy, the term "skier" shall refer to downhill traffic.

ROUTE 1 - J-bar Slope (skier's left) to Bunker Hill (skier's left) to Lower Willoughby (skier's right) to Upper Willoughby (skier's left).


ROUTE 2 - High Meadows Pass (skier's right) to Big Dipper (skier's right) when you come upon Deer Run Crossing bear left onto Powderhorn (skier's right) just prior to Powerline trail, go through woods to Pavilion back onto Big Dipper (skier's right) left to Deer Run (skier's left) right to Fox's Folly (enter at tower 18 of old Willoughby chairlift, skier's right) to top of mountain parking lot.


ROUTE 3 - Deer Run bottom to top (skier's left).


**Routes are subject to change / closure by ski patrol.  

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