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1 Person
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Duration
1 day
Guide(s)
Willie Benegas, Todd Passey, Winslow Passey, Wasatch Mountain Guides
  • Capable backcountry skiers interested in bigger objectives for a longer duration will enjoy these thrilling and challenging backcountry ski trips in Alta and Snowbird. You’ll face more hazard considerations but with more reward. Level up with fully customized trips with up to 8,000 feet of climbing and skiing over roughly eight hours.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Salt Lake City area, please refer to the Utah Department of Health.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

    • What you get in this adventure:

        • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • A full day of backcountry ski touring

      What’s not included:

        • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
        • Trip insurance
        • Lunch, water and snacks
        • Full day lift ticket or “single-ride lift ticket” (for lift-accessed tours)
        • Transportation
    • In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While there is terrain for all skill levels in Alta and Snowbird, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on blue level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

      For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.

    • Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

    • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

      • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe can be rented from your guide
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from the guiding service, REI location in Salt Lake City, or Alta Ski Shop – Wildcat in Alta.
      • Splitboards can be rented from REI location in Salt Lake City, Alta Ski Shop – Wildcat in Alta, or Cliff Sports in Snowbird.

      Ski rental locations are in Alta, Snowbird and Salt Lake City and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

      For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

      • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
      • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented:
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe

      For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Helmet
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Gloves and hat
      • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-tex recommended)
      • Ski pants (Gore-tex recommended)
      • Down jacket or vest
      • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
      • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
      • Water bottle and 1L of water
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • First-aid kit
      • Sunscreen
      • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
      • Camera — optional
    • Groups and pricing:

      • For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1. For advanced ski touring, the client to guide ratio is 2:1.
      • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to backcountry ski with friends and family.
      • Ski touring in Alta and Snowbird can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

      • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
      • Minors age 15 and up may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
    • To get to Alta/Snowbird, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service the 45 minutes Southeast to Alta or Snowbird.

      Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.

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