Why We Love Skiing in the Wasatch

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.

Wastach Mountains Easily Accessed

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.

Variet of Ski Terrain in the Wasatch

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!​

Details for Single Day Backcountry Skiing Wasatch

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.

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Single Day Backcountry Skiing Wasatch Utah

  • 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.

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  • Pricing Name 1-Day Ski Mountaineering Wasatch Mountains
    Start Tuesday November 30, 2021
    End Tuesday November 30, 2021
    1 - 4 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 4

    person ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $450.00 $0.00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name 2-Day Ski Mountaineering Wasatch Mountains
    Start Tuesday November 30, 2021
    End Tuesday November 30, 2021
    1 - 4 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 4

    person ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $875.00 $0.00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name 3-Day Ski Mountaineering Wasatch Mountains
    Start Tuesday November 30, 2021
    End Tuesday November 30, 2021
    1 - 4 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 4

    person ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $1,250.00 $0.00 /Person

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Wasatch Backcountry Skiing

SKI and Technical Gear  

Skis With Alpine Touring bindings: We recommend a Touring Specificwith a waist between  102cm and 116. Skis should be equipped with touring binding, preferably tech style bindings

Ski Poles: We recommend an adjustable pole with extended grip  

Climbing Skins: Skins need to be in good condition and cut to fit your ski. 

Ski Touring Boot: Boots need to be compatible with your bindings. Boots must have a walk  mode. 

Ski Crampons: Ski Crampons must be compatible with you bindings and ski waist width. 

Boot Crampons: We highly recommend aluminum crampons. Make sure they work with your  ski boots 

Harness: Harness must fit over ski clothing, be light weight and in good condition. You should  also have 2 locking carabiners and a belay device. 

Ice Axe: Ice Axe needs to be light weight and short (Less than 55cm) 

Safety Gear  

Ski Backpack: A good ski pack should be light weight and have a dedicated pocket for your  avalanche rescue gear and be between 35-50 liters. 

Avalanche Rescue Gear: You will need a shovel and probe. The Shovel should have an  extendable handle, an aluminum blade and fit into you pack without sticking out. Make sure  your probe is in working order. 

Avalacche Beacon: Your beacon should be a modern digital beacon. Come with new  batteries in your beacon as well as one extra set. 

Ski Helmet: While we don’t require you to ski with a helmet we do highly recommend it. 

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Wasatch Backcountry Ski  

Gear List 

Clothing  

Head  

Beanie: You might want to bring 2 just incase. We recommend one light and one medium  weight Beanie

Buff/Neck Gaiter: We recommend a lightweight buf as it has many uses. 

Goggles: We really like goggles with changeable lenses for use in bright and low light. They  should also be compatible with your helmet. 

Sun Glasses: Even if you always prefer to ski in goggles, sun glasses are needed for the up.  Goggles will get fogged with sweat. 

Hands  

  

Warm Gloves: How warm depends on you. We recommend a durable well fitting ski glove. Light Gloves: lighter weight gloves are recommended for hiking up to reduce sweating. Upper Body  

Hard Shell Jacket: Waterproof/breathable jacket with ventilation. 

Light Insulating Jacket: Breathable light insulating jacket. 

Mid to Heavy Insulating Jacket: Temps can be cold, You will be happy for a nice warm jacket. Top Base Layer: We really like sun hoodies to check this box. 

Lower Body  

Ski Pants: We recommend a light option or a more waterproof option. 

Bottom Base Layer: We prefer a light pair of bottoms

Feet  

Ski Boots: Also listed above under technical gear. 

Ski Socks: We prefer light weight socks 

In The Company of Guides  

Wasatch Backcountry Ski  

Gear List 

Personal Items  

Sunscreen: 50 spf or greater. Make sure your tube is not old as sunscreen can loose it’s  effectiveness over time 

Lip Screen: Make sure it has spf 

Small First Aid Kit: This should contain blister repair material, over the counter pain killers and  a few bandaids. We will have a full sized med kit on the boat as well as field kits with the  guides. 

Personal toiletries: Toothbrush, Paste, razor, Shampoo and soap etc.  

Towel: For your Shower 

Travel/Casual Clothing: There is not a lot of room on the boat, so don’t over pack Smart Phone/Laptop/Camera: There is not wifi at the cabin, but there is good 4G cell.