Uphill Policy

To our “Snow-Surface Users” and Uphillers”…

We admire your dedication and enthusiasm.  Enjoy your time on snow at Mohawk Mountain but please note that our policies have changed. We ask that you respect and adhere to them so that all Mohawk Mountain skiers can enjoy winter outdoor fun.

The first thing you need to know is…

In Connecticut, you are a SKIER if you go to a ski area and go on skiable terrain.

All Connecticut ski statutes apply to you regardless of your direction or method of travel.

See Connecticut General Statute Statutes 29-201, 29-212 and 29-213

This includes shared responsibility between skiers for collisions.

Remember: No matter what footwear, equipment or method of on-snow travel you use and no matter what your direction of travel, you are a SKIER while on any skiable terrain.  In addition to obeying Connecticut Laws, all skiers at Mohawk Mountain must also adhere to “Your Responsibility Code” (below) and to the following rules:

  • Mohawk Mountain is open to all skiers during posted regular operating hours, unless conditions or situations require temporary altering of that schedule.  Go to www.mohawkmtn.com or call for the daily schedule and condition updates.
  • The Mohawk Trail is the only designated uphill route for skiers that goes to the summit.  It is the only downhill route for skiers on foot.

All other trails are closed to uphill skiers and downhill skiers on foot.

  • There is a short uphill and downhill access route to the race finish area, starting north of the Arrowhead Lift base, continuing up the Arrowhead lift line and Exhibition trail before crossing a bridge through the woods to the race finish line.  Uphill traffic is not allowed above this point.
  • Skiers traveling uphill must remain single file, within the designated 8ft wide route, at the right edge of the skiable terrain.
  • Uphill skiers and downhill foot traffic must NOT cross skiable terrain except to pass from one section of the designated route to the next section of the same route, on the same side of the trail.  Stop, Look, Yield.    “Know the Code” and use caution.
  • Skiers going downhill on foot must stay single file (only on the Mohawk Trail), within the designated 8ft wide route at the left edge of the skiable terrain (facing downhill).
  • Skiing downhill on skis or snowboards (securely attached to skier’s feet) must always be with the flow of other skiers on any open trail.
  • Restraint devices, connecting a skier to allowed sliding equipment, must be used to prevent runaway hazard – uphill, downhill or cross-base.
  • All skiers must obey all posted signs, stay off closed trails and out of closed/restricted areas.

Maps, online and in base areas, detail daily closures, conditions and schedules.

  • ALL skiers must reduce speed in designated slow skiing areas.  Slow skiing zones include several trails, all base areas between and adjacent to all lifts, lodges, service buildings, the Hawk’s Nest and learning areas.
  • Cross-base area skier traffic not on downhill equipment must remain 20feet downhill of all lift bases and/or lift loading areas.  This cross-base traffic is not permitted south of the Ski Patrol Building or north of the Arrowhead Chairlift.
  • Cross-base skiers must always be aware that they are in a Slow Skiing Zone and likely crossing several different trails.

Downhill skiers have the right of way. Yield to them.  Stop and look uphill BEFORE crossing any trail.  Proceed with caution.

  • Pets are not allowed on skiable terrain at any time.
  • For skier visibility, Mohawk Mountain recommends the use of skier awareness devices (colorful vests, beacons etc.) by all uphill skiers.
  • Ski Patrollers are the on-mountain authority.  They can close trails, restrict your travel, enforce rules or ask you to leave Mohawk Mountain.
  • INHERENT RISKS EXIST FOR ALL SKIERS, regardless of their direction or method of travel.


KNOW THE CODE… the nationally adopted rules of the slopes.

IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY…No matter what equipment you are using or if you are on foot.

BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS… USE COMMON SENSE.  You are responsible for your actions.

THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST.  Inherent risks exist for all skiers regardless of direction or method of travel.


  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trail and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

For more information about these policies, please go to our FAQ.

We’re also glad to speak with you.  You can find us out on the mountain or in the offices.