Utah’s Wasatch Range is 160 miles long, and it would take years to even explore a fraction of the terrain. Luckily, well-defined backcountry routes already exist.
Catherine Pass at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon is a good place to start in the Wasatch. It’s easy to access, so it can get busy, but you’ll get fresh lines if you go early and on weekdays. The terrain suits beginners to backcountry experts, with a little bit of everything from steep chutes to mellow sheltered trees.
Next, try Upper Silver Fork Canyon which contains a wide variety of north, east and west facing terrain with big open bowls, ridgelines, trees and endless natural features to play with all day. Start early to get multiple laps and discover the best lines in this snowy playground. Simply park at the winter gate at the top of the road in Alta and start ascending.
Finally, Mount Superior is a must for hardcore, expert backcountry skiers and riders. It looms over the [R10R, Alta] and [R404R, Snowbird] ski areas and tops out at 11,132 feet. Beginners and intermediates shouldn’t even consider ascending this mountain. This peak has high avalanche potential, but on the right day, it’s magical.
Fly into Salt Lake City; good backcountry skiing is within close driving distance from SLC.
MORE BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES:
- Mt. Baker, Washington
- Berthoud Pass, Central Colorado
- Tenmile Range/Summit County, North-central Colorado
- Mt. Lassen, California
- Wasatch Range, Utah
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho
- Teton Pass, Wyoming
- Mount Greylock, Western Massachusetts
- Bolton Valley Backcountry, Northern Vermont
- Cardigan Ski Reservation, Western New Hampshire