Wasatch Mountains, Utah
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.
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.
- 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.
You 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.
- Big Cottonwood Canyon Park and Ride (Main)
- Big Cottonwood Canyon Park and Ride (Overflow)
- Little Cottonwood Canyon Park and Ride
- Cottonwood Heights Park and Ride (Swamp Lot)
Wasatch Backcountry Skiing 2019 price: $400 per person $100 per person for each additional person up to 4. We maintain a ratio no greater than 4 clients to 1 guide. Contact us for courses and group pricing.
Included in Price:
- 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
Not Included in Price:
- 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)
Skis With Alpine Touring bindings
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 must be compatible with you bindings and ski waist width.
We highly recommend aluminum crampons. Make sure they work with your ski boots.
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 needs to be light weight and short (Less than 55cm).
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
Your beacon should be a modern digital beacon. Come with new batteries in your beacon.
While we don’t require you to ski with a helmet we do highly recommend it.
Light or medium weight beanie.
We recommend a lightweight buff as it has many uses.
We really like goggles with changeable lenses for use in bright and low light. They should also be compatible with your helmet.
Even if you always prefer to ski in goggles, sun glasses are needed for the up. Goggles will get fogged with sweat.
How warm depends on you. We recommend a durable well fitting ski glove.
Lighter weight gloves are recommended for hiking up to reduce sweating.
Hard Shell Jacket
Waterproof/breathable jacket with ventilation.
Light Insulating Jacket
Breathable light insulating jacket.
Mid to Heavy Insulating Jacket
When temps are cold, you will be happy for a nice warm jacket.
Top Base Layer
We really like sun hoodies.
Bottom Base Layer
We prefer light weight socks.
50 SPF or greater. Make sure your tube is not old as sunscreen can lose it’s effectiveness over time.
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.
In the Wasatch we operate under the permit of our partners at Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC.
Avalanche Level 1 Course
Jan - Mar, 2021