Wasatch Mountains | Utah

Backcountry Skiing in the Wasatch Mountains

Season

Late November through June, depending on snowfall

Nearest city

Salt Lake City

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Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Price range

from $175-$400/person

Duration

1 day

Get ready for epic skiing just beyond the Great Salt Lake

Located on the western edge of the Rockies, the Wasatch Mountains are insanely close to Salt Lake City. You can fly in and be chasing untracked powder within an hour of your arrival.  Utah prides itself so much on the quality of its snow that the state’s license plates proclaim it has the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” If you want to mix up your terrain options, head a little farther east to Park City and try some of the backcountry terrain there.

Discover why locals never leave and visitors return year after year to chase "the greatest snow on earth" in the Wasatch Mountains.

SLC and Park City are perfect for limitless backcountry options

There are tons of objectives for every level of skier. On Mount Superior, ski a breathtaking 3,000ft from mountain to highway or take on some accessible beginner terrain at Mill D North Fork. The resorts in the area — legendary ones like Alta, Solitude, and Brighton — all have incredible backcountry access to both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Your guide will tailor your adventure to meet your objectives, whether you’re looking for steep couloirs or low angle meadows.

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Backcountry Skiing in the Wasatch

The Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons — home to epic terrain and resorts like Snowbird and Alta — offer enough backcountry objectives to last a lifetime. With so many objectives to choose from, make it easy on yourself and hire a guide to help you chase pow during your visit. There’s terrain in the Wasatch for every level of skier, just ask your guide and get a day tailored to your desires and skill level.

Need to know

What's included?

  • All guiding fees
  • Permit fees

Equipment

When you book your trip, we’ll send you an equipment list.

When is the best time to go?

February and March have the greatest snowfall and are the peak months for visitors, but there is plenty to ski in early winter and late spring.

What about bad weather?

Because snowstorms can limit visibility and because even sunny weather can pose avalanche risk, your guide will make an informed decision on what objectives are safest and best for your day in the backcountry.

Group sizes and pricing

Group sizes are usually between 1 – 3 people with one guide. Also, remember that the costs decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hit the backcountry with friends and family.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

While most guiding services don’t have a minimum age set for backcountry skiing adventures, any participant should be comfortable on resort graded black level runs and linking turns.

How fit do I need to be for this?

The better shape you are in, the more you’ll enjoy your day in the backcountry. All participants should feel comfortable carrying a loaded pack and be comfortable skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

Getting there

Arrive at Salt Lake City, and you can potentially be skiing within an hour.

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