UTAH ALPINE
CLASSICS

by ITCOG
The Central Wasatch offers great winter alpine and ice climbing. Many of these climbs can be done in a long day, and offer high quality snow and mixed climbing. There are not many places in the U.S. that you can fly in one day and climb a 3,000 ridge of mixed the next day. The climbing’s easy access make Utah a supreme spot to train for harder objectives or for someone looking to enter alpine climbing arena.

Mt Superior

Rising 3,000+ feet from the canyon floor, the South Ridge offers fun climbing (50 degree snow, short steps of 5.6 rock) on exposed knife edge ridges.

South Ridge

The southwest ridge of Superior is an adventure not to be missed. This outing requires a high level of fitness and intermediate alpine skills. Superior is an impressive looking peak just across the road from Snowbird. If you have ever skied at the “Bird”, you have surely looked across at this peak in awe. This climb consist of climbing an traversing an exposed ridge while traveling roped up with crampons and an ice axe. From the summit we have spectacular views of the magnificent Wasatch crest, the expansive Salt Lake Valley, the Great Salt Lake, and the Ophir mountain range to the West. For the expert skiers, it is possible to take skis and descend either the south face of Superior, a classic steep and coveted ski line, or off the Northeast chutes into Cardiff drainage and out to Big Cottonwood Canyon. Otherwise we hike down the east ridge and descend back to Little Cottonwood Canyon.

East Ridge of Superior

The East ridge is a gentler, but no less beautiful alpine climb that ascends to the summit of Superior. This exposed ridge is climbed partly on skis, and partly on a boot pack up an exposed ridge. No roped travel is required here, but we do take an ice axe for added security. You then find yourself in the heart of the Wasatch with many options for skiing down depending on where the snow quality is the best! Come fit for this adventure and we will take you on a grand tour of some of our finest ski terrain available.

The Pheiferhorn

A three mile approach bring us to the base of this symmetrical and very recognizable peak. A route up the North Ridge begins with a climb up a 40+ degree gully to gain the steep broken ridge. The ridge offers up to 5.7 rock and mixed climbing.

The Great White Icicle

The Great White Icicle offers four to five pitches of ice climbing up to water ice 4. This climb ascends a giant couloir giving it a very alpine feel.

Triple Traverse

This long ridge traverse begins by climbing the steep Tanners gulch to the col and then over three summits; Dromedary, Sunrise and Twin. we descend Broads fork to the road. Mostly snow climbing on exposed ridges and excellent views.

Stairway to Heaven

This stunning waterfall has 800 vertical feet of ice climbing up to water ice 5. There are a number of variations and neighboring climbs, offering something for every ability.

Mount Timpanogos

The Grunge Couloir is a Grade IV ,AI 2 – 3. It is one of many fun adventures accessing the Wasatch’s second highest peak, 11,749 feet.
Included in Price:
  • IFMGA/AMGA certified guide.
  • Liability Insurance
  • Upon request we will provide a Back Pack with Beacon, Shovel and Prob.
  • Unforgettable day in the Wasatch Backcountry
Not Included in Price:
  • Transportation or cost of public transport
  • Lift ticket is needed
  • Tips for the Guide
In the Wasatch we operate under the permit of our partners at Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC.

Dates*

January – April
*Custom dates available

Pricing

$400/person*
*$100/person for an additional person. We maintain a 2 clients to 1 guide ratio. North Ridge of the Pfifferhorn and South Ridge of Superior in winter are considered big objectives and we charge $50 extra per person.
"I recommend a family climb with Winslow and Todd Passey. Our family went up the Middle Teton with the two of them as guides. Todd sacrificed himself to the gods of hail the night before to check the route. The dawn broke clear, and we headed up the long gully to the crux pitch. One by one each of us linked the moves. A short time later we were looking down on all of Idaho and Wyoming. Climbing doesn't have to separate families. It can unite them."
- Stephen G.

YOUR TEAM

We specialize in designing custom and private trips, perfect for you or a group. Our team of highly experienced, certified, professional guides will teach you the skills, and lead you there and safely home.