We are excited to offer you a backcountry ski getaway here in the Wasatch mountains. Your lodging for 4 nights will be a rustic mountain home located off guardsman pass road in Big Cottonwood Canyon. From this cabin, you will have 3 days backcountry skiing right out the backdoor and other nearby areas.
The cabin can fit up to 8 people if you are family or friends. It has 2 Queen beds, 3 single beds, and a full bed. This weekend includes all of your food prepared for you so you can just ski and relax. Beautifully, this cabin sits high on the hill giving you lots of exposer to the brilliant winter sunshine that we get here in the Wasatch. or our deep powder storms that frequent the area. Either way from here we can easily access a wide variety of terrain either right out the door or with a short drive. It is also possible to have a lift access day from Brighton or Solitude if you are wanting a warm-up day or a bi-canyon tour.
We have a 4-1 skier to guide ratio, so if you have a group of people between 3-8 folks we can set you up for an amazing weekend with 1 or 2 guides. Similarly, we can try to pair you with some people of similar skiing ability and interest. It works best if you put together a group of your family or friends for this as you can align your desires.
Once we know your current ability, training, and desires we will tailor the trip to you. For example, if you want to learn about avalanche hazards and science we can put extra focus on teaching. Maybe you want to become competent to travel on your own, then we can begin to build your knowledge, judgment, route finding, trail breaking, and assessment skills. Perhaps you want to ski hard and get as much vertical as you can in a day? Cleverly, we can tailor these days to charging while staying within a perimeter of safety for your ability and current conditions. We will always review and make sure everyone knows how to use their rescue equipment.
- Gear List
- 4 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts
- 3 days of custom backcountry ski guiding with a certified guide
- 4 nights of lodging
- Permit to operate on National Forest land
- Liability insurance
- Flights to and from Salt Lake City
- Transportation to and from the cabin, call us to discuss options
- Gear: you will need to have all the proper backcountry gear, see list attached. We can help you find rentals if you need anything.
- Personal trip insurance (see options)
Pricing NameStartEndGroup (Min-Max)Pricing
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)
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.
In The Company of Guides
Wasatch Backcountry Ski
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.
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.
Ski Pants: We recommend a light option or a more waterproof option.
Bottom Base Layer: We prefer a light pair of bottoms.
Ski Boots: Also listed above under technical gear.
Ski Socks: We prefer light weight socks
In The Company of Guides
Wasatch Backcountry Ski
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.