Ski Mountaineering in the Wasatch Range

3 days
All ages
1–2 people

Looking for a challenge this winter? Do you have plenty of resort experience and feel equally comfortable in the backcountry? Book this course based out of Wasatch and take your backcountry and mountaineering skills to another level. Of course, there'll be plenty of powder to ski too!

Why is this backcountry skiing course for me?

Advanced skiers need a specific skillset to keep them safe and moving in steep and technical terrain. This backcountry skiing course focuses on just that. You and your guide will operate from an overnight basecamp in the Wasatch alpine where you’ll develop and fine-tune your backcountry skillset!

What kinds of skills will you work on?
  • Making an ascent complex terrain
  • How to use rope for belay and rappel in an alpine setting
  • Crampon and ice axe use and self arrest
  • Downhill movement and management skills in steep terrain
  • Introduction to glacier travel and crevasse rescue
  • Winter camping
  • Gear considerations
  • How to plan appropriate objectives
  • Due to the rigorous demands of this program, all participants must be advanced or expert skiers/snowboarders
  • Each participant must have Avalanche Level 1 certification
Dates available
  • March 22nd – 24th, 2019
  • April 5th – 7th, 2019

Trip Duration: 3 days

Minimum Group Size: 1

Student/Instructor Ratio: 2:1

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.