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Top 5 Reasons to Ditch the Chairlift with Uphill Access at Buck Hill 

Uphill Access, commonly referred to as “touring”,  “skinning”, “trekking”, “splitboarding” and “ski mountaineering”, is the process of ditching the path of least resistance, decades of painstaking research, and technological advancements in exchange for the self fulfilling reward of earning one’s turns using the tried and true bipedal system. Base to peak; point A to point B; here to there, by putting one foot in front of the other! In other words: Walk. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should say goodbye to the magical moving chairs of yesterday and join us at Buck Hill Uphill Access!

1. “We’re talking about practice. We ain’t talking about the game. We’re talking about practice, man.” – Allen Iverson

Practice certainly makes perfect! If you’ve stepped outside in the past, oh I don’t know, say 5 months, you may have noticed there isn’t a mountain in sight! Shocking, I know. For those of us who make the trek out west a few times a year to go skinning, our options to practice with our gear is quite limiting. Sure, we can hike around our backyard, maybe find a few flat trails here and there, just to learn the basics. All fine and dandy, but where’s the thrill? Where’s the adventure? Where’s the reward at the end of hike?! With Uphill Access at Buck Hill, not only will you have the opportunity to hike varying terrain, but you’ll also have access to some serious vert and experience the hill from all axises. 

2. “I’m ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me” – Dwight Schrute

We get it, life is hard and busy: Work, kids, school a certain Minnesotan sports team that leaves you heartbroken each and every year yet consistently leaving you with the feeling of betrayal. Life is strange! Thankfully, Buck Hill Uphill Access combines the passion of skiing and snowboarding with the health benefits of a good, honest early morning workout. Not only will you be able to get those early turns in before the general public, but you’ll also clock in a quick work out while doing it! Climbing Buck Hill is no easy feat, a bit of sweat is to be expected! *Insert length/vert/stairs climbed stat*

3. “The best view comes from the hardest climb” – Anonymous

We can guarantee you that all of that huffing and puffing, blood, sweat & tears from climbing Buck Hill is not in vain! Start your journey in the wee hours of the morning only to be greeted by a beautiful sunrise over Crystal Lake! One of the many small details that is easily missed on chair rides, but captured and recognized through a new lens on foot! 

4. Skinning or no skinning, all are welcome! 

With all that being said, proper skinning equipment is not required! Whether you’ve purchased new boots and are looking to break them in quick, or just make Siri happy and record a record number of flights climbed! From Hiking boots, ski boots to snowboard boots, they’re all welcome!

5. Incredible Value

$10. That’s it. Ski Buck Hill for $10! What more can we say? Get outside yourself and start your morning at Buck Hill!

Learn more how you can participate in Uphill Access at Buck Hill HERE!