America’s Uphill




The America’s Uphill is a longtime Aspen favorite that attracts hundreds of racers each year. The race brings together snowshoers, runners, Nordic skiers, telemark skiers, and Randonee skiers for a 2.5 mile and 3,000’+ vertical climb up Aspen Mountain. Click here for a video of the 2009 Uphill to get an idea of the race!

The 2020 America’s Uphill

March 7, 2020, 7am
Base of Aspen Mountain, Aspen, CO

****The date for America’s Uphill has been set  – the information below is for the 2019 event and will be updated in early January 2020. ****

2019 RACE CANCELLATION – unfortunately America’s Uphill had to be cancelled for 2019 due to avalanche danger and control work along the race course. The Aspen Skiing Company and Aspen Mountain Patrol made the decision based on safety concerns due to an additional 13″ of snow received mid mountain the night before and morning of the race.  The Aspen Sk Co and Aspen Mtn Patrol worked extremely hard to make the race happen but the weather did not cooperate. We will be offering a refund for the race fee or a donation to ACES or the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol. Check your email for more information. We hope to see you next year.

This year’s race helps benefit the Aspen Center For Environmental Studies Children’s Environmental Education programs. March is ACES Education Fund Drive Month. A portion of each registration will be donated plus you will have the option to give a little bit to ACES when you register for the event. If you donate an additional $25 or more, receive a free 50th Anniversary ACES Buff.

Also, NEW this year, a FULL BREAKFAST at the Sundeck is included in your entry fee!


Open Details


$55 Pre-registration (Includes full breakfast)

$65 Race Day Registration (Includes full breakfast)


This year, participation will be limited to 300 total registration (240 will be available online). Last year there were 195 people registered for the race.

Pre-registration is available till 4pm March 8 at the Ute Mountaineer. Online registration (credit card only) available at till 9am Mountain time March 8. Please do not fax registrations.
Race Day Registration is available from 6-6:30am at the gondola building ticket office.

For online registration, click here.

To download a paper registration, click here.  Paper registrations must be delivered to the Ute Mountaineer (210 S. Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611) with registration payment (check or cash) by 4pm, March 8th. Faxed registrations will not be accepted.

Cost includes BREAKFAST at Sundeck, pain, raffle, and awards. $5 of each registration will be donated to Aspen Center of Environmental Studies Children’s Environmental Science Education programs.

Gear Options

  • Open category (traction devices, running shoes, snowshoes, etc)
  • Track Skis (lightweight skating/classic cross country gear)
  • Telemark (full metal edged skis with a 3-pin, cable or NTN bindings)
  • Heavy Metal (alpine skis, randonee bindings, plastic boots)


Open Details

Course Description

The America’s Uphill begins at the base of Little Nell and climbs 3267 feet up the Aspen Mountain ski area finishing at the Sundeck Restaurant at an elevation of 11,212 feet. The course follows Little Nell to the Bell Mountain Chair and then up Bingo Slot to Spar Gulch. The long steep climb up Spar continues to the base of Ajax Express (Lift 3). From there, there’s a small reprieve on Tortilla Flats before the climb begins again in earnest. At this point, the race follows a maze of trails starting up Deer Park to Pussyfoot, Silverbell, and Easy Chair, finally topping out at the Sundeck. Inspection of the course prior to race day is recommended.

There is one aid station with fluids at the base of Lift 3.

Course Profile:

America's Uphill Course Profile

Race Details

Open Details

Race Packet & Bib Pickup

Race Packet and bib pick-up will be at the Ute Mountaineer Thursday (3/7/19) during regular store hours (9am-9pm) and Friday (3/8/19) 9am-4pm. You can also pick these up race morning from 6-6:45am in the Gondola Building at the base of Little Nell.

Timing Chip Pickup

Your timing chip is part of your bib, so please do not lose your bib! We do not have a replacement bib for you.


Breakfast is included with your race entry fee and is available at the Sundeck Restaurant from 8-9:15am. Breakfast will be bacon, eggs or pancakes, and a hot drink. It is possible to purchase an additional breakfast ($15) for a spectator when you register (if done by noon 3/8/19)


The awards ceremony will begin at 9:15am inside the Sundeck Restaurant. Awards will be overall by gender, by team, and by age group and gender in category. There is an extensive raffle.

Gear Shuttle

Your personal belonging in a bag or backpack can be transported to the finish line. Just look for the gear bag signs by the Gondola entrance.

Lodging in Aspen

Open Details

Tyrolean Lodge: Large rooms starting at $225/night. Call 1-(888) 220-3809 or

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Past Results