Backcountry Skiing 101 at Wasatch

1 day
All ages
1–5 people

Welcome to Utah! The Wasatch Mountains provide and excellent backdrop for outdoor adventures. The elevation is choice, the snowfall is plentiful and our guides are ready to introduce you to all Utah and the backcountry have to offer.

Say goodbye to lift lines and crowds and let us guide you through untracked, backcountry powder and teach you about ski touring. With fewer crowds and thousands of vertical feet to explore, your winter months just got more exciting! Learn what it takes to make it up the slope and how to make the right decisions when going back down.

What you’ll learn
  • How to prepare and plan for a tour
  • What to wear and what to bring
  • How to understand an avalanche forecast
  • How to identify avalanche terrain
  • The basics of route selection/terrain features
  • Basic skinning techniques and setting skin tracks
  • How to be efficient with transitions to and from uphill-downhill
  • Introduction to avalanche safety equipment and rescue
After this class you’ll
  • Be more confident and comfortable with your knowledge and understanding of the backcountry
  • Have skied in some beautiful, gorgeous powder
  • Be ready to try the next step, like preparing your own backcountry trip
  • Never want to wait for a lift line again

Want to further improve your skills and techniques? Check out our “Backcountry Skiing 202 at Wasatch” class!

Prerequisites for backcountry skiing

All participants need to be competent and comfortable skiers on variable packed snow and untouched terrain. The skiing is a ton of fun, but it demands some experience.

Where we are
Class Location
Wasatch Mountains
Meeting Location
The Backcountry Pros

We'll contact you with an equipment list and answer any questions you have about your trip

Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging backcountry tour? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to ski and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

John Mletschnig

As a life-long skier, climber and 12 year mountain guide of the Wasatch, John Mletschnig has a desire to learn and explore the unique and obscure.  After years of working ski-patrolling, forecasting and guiding, John saw a natural next step: to show others firsthand the all skiing and climbing based travel experiences that left such an impression on him. John sees skiing and climbing as the best ways to see the world. If you think of skiing or climbing as experiences more than sliding on snow or hanging on a rock, John is your man.  Today, John works as a guide and avalanche educator based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the spring of 2016 he became the only person to have ski traversed the entire Wasatch Range solo during a monumental 23 day push.

Crest Simeon

Growing up surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Swiss Alps it’s easy to understand how Crest has held a lifetime passion for the mountains and consequently became a mountain guide. Skiing and climbing are simply part of life for the Swiss and Crest is no exception.

In his formative years, Crest passionately perused alpine ski racing and today he has the same zeal for backcountry skiing that he once reserved for the racecourse. Whether on alpine touring gear, telemark skis or a snowboard Crest’s ear-to-ear grin remains the same when searching out long and deep powder runs. In the warmer months Crest is drawn to the ever-present challenges and tremendous reward provided by rock climbing. Crest’s casual, steady and caring demeanor has a way of bringing out the best in people; from never-evers to seasoned veterans.

Based in Salt Lake City, Crest is on track to become an IFMGA (international) mountain guide. Crest lives with his wife Rachel and daughter Ela (born Jan. 2017) where they do their absolute best exploring the vast and diverse Utah landscape.

Chris Brown

As a life long skier and devoted climber it’s no surprise Chris was drawn to a life guiding in the mountains. For the past six years Chris has lead powder hungry skiers throughout the Wasatch and Uinta Range backcountry.  Always willing to teach, yet never without a laugh Chris keeps every day fun when it is appropriate, connecting with others through his own honest humility.  And as the seasons change, Chris shifts to a life on the rocks (quite literally), guiding climbers up and down many of the iconic peaks across the west, including the Grand Teton.

As is only common with the most devoted American guides, Chris is also perusing IFMGA (international) mountain guide certification.

Chris lives in Salt Lake City with his lovely wife Ashley, where they passionately explore the mountains of the West; whether it be on skis or attached by a rope.