As local Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Guides, we choose to call the Wasatch Mountains our home for good reason – we have the greatest snow on earth with easy access to unrivaled backcountry skiing. And with an average annual snowfall of over 500 inches, we can almost guarantee a phenomenal day of skiing.
Less than 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons serve up world-class backcountry skiing. There is literally no approach to most of our skiing, once we clip into our bindings we skin uphill. Every foot of elevation we gain climbing up is enjoyed with great turns on the way back down.
The Wasatch Mountains provide have the option of using lifts to access the backcountry. Snowbird and Alta sit at the top of Little Cottonwood canyon and Brighton and Solitude at the top of Big Cottonwood canyon. Having these major ski areas adjacent to great backcountry skiing terrain can open up some interesting options for those with lift passes. Plus, trail heads in both canyons provide unbeatable access to just about anything a backcountry skier could want or need… More than most could ski in a lifetime!
Your guide will contact you no later than the evening before your trip to discuss the days plans.
For a full day of skiing, plan on 8+ hours out. Bigger objectives can take between 10 and 12 hours.
A typical day: Guides will meet clients in one of the Park and Ride parking lots. From the meeting area (guides will tell you where) you will go up one of the canyons together in the client vehicle or public transportation.
*Please note, because of insurance reasons we are not able to transport clients in guide vehicles.
Before You Head Out
The guide will do a verbal gear check and confirm that waivers have been signed.
The guide will inform you what to do incase of emergency.
The guide will give you an overview of the day with estimated completion time.
Your day will usually end where your day began (at one of the parking lots or at your lodge). Directions to parking areas where we often meet. Alway confirm meeting place with your guide.