Update (19jan14): Sugar Bowl charges for Uphill Pass
In a nutshell the waiver says you agree to abide by Sugar Bowl’s rules and regs, you understand the Placer County Skier’s Responsibility Code, you won’t play chicken with ‘cats, sleds or other machinery, dogs must be leashed and you will clean up any mess they deposit, or pay for any damage they cause.
In addition, during operating hours you agree to stick to the side of the run when skinning. The runs where skinning is allowed are limited to the common trade routes on the side of the resort — Buena Vista to Tunnel 41, climber’s far left of the Mt. Judah lift and from the bottom of the Disney lift, Disney Return to Disney Traverse to Overland which are far climber’s right from the Disney lift — plus the cruise run from the bottom of the Lincoln lift to the top via Union Street to Silver Belt Runout to Henderson’s Bowl, Station B, Crowley’s Traverse and finally to Lake View and the summit.
For backcounty skiers living in Tahoe’s North Shore area, this is merely an official acknowledgement of a long standing tradition for using Sugar Bowls “manicured” runs to warm up for the ski season before the lifts are running. In the past it was understood that you could, but you needed to act like you couldn’t; a tacit “don’t ask, don’t tell,” agreement between skinners and management was in effect. If you maintain that same mental attitude this new policy won’t change much except the new requirement that you must register and wear your Uphill Pass when skinning in-bounds. That way ski patrol can see from afar you’ve agreed to be cool. The more significant change will be the ability to skin uphill, in-bounds, in the middle of the day while the lifts are running. Frankly I question why anyone would do that, but now it is an option.
Here’s hoping other resorts in the Lake Tahoe area adopt the same policy, either officially or unofficially, especially Alpine Meadows.