Cottonwood Canyons

Backcountry Skiing the Pfeifferhorn Couloirs

Backcountry Skiing the Pfeifferhorn Couloirs

Backcountry Skiing the Pfeifferhorn Couloirs.   Backcountry Skiing the Pfeifferhorn Couloirs in Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah.  A classic mountaineering challenge of the Wasatch.  The Pfeifferhorn was once called the Little Matterhorn because of its  similarities to the Matterhorn.  The now named Pfeifferhorn this iconic peak of the Wasatch has everything, big views, big exposure,  big…

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backcountry skiing gobbler’s knob

backcountry skiing gobbler's knob

Backcountry skiing gobbler’s knob is as good as a Thanksgiving day feast.  The steep terrain on all aspects and accessible location offers up any kind on dish you could want, from neck deep powder, to side dish of spring corn, to sun baked mashed potatoes.  You can feast on any kind of backcountry dish you’d…

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God’s Lawn Mower Backcountry skiing Kessler Peak

God's Lawn mower Backcountry skiing Kessler Peak

God’s Lawnmower Backcountry skiing Kessler Peak.  Kesser Peak is a monster.  Rising just under 3,000 ft, Kessler stands prominently @ 10,403 ft, in the mid Big Cottonwood Canyon.  The north aspect, the side that faces the BCC highway, a huge tree scattered avalanche path named God’s Lawn Mower.  Kessler’s steep slopes and obvious ski routes…

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Mount Raymond Chutes / chuting project

Mount Raymond chutes

Mount Raymond chutes, Ignorance is bliss unless you get squished.  Mount Raymond is avalanche terrain. The chutes should only be attempted in stable snow conditions.  The main chute is a wide open boulevard which offers incredible skiing and incredible photos if the conditions are right.  The approach is somewhat of a bear (just a little…

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Homicide Chute Backcountry Skiing

Homicide Chute backcountry skiing

Homicide Chute Backcountry Skiing. Avalanche danger is a very REAL hazard here. Be sure of stable snow conditions before attempting Suicide or Homicide chutes.  Homicide is on the backside of Mt Superior’s Suicide chute.  They both share the same saddle, scary names, and awesome skiing. Homicide Chute Backcountry skiing Skiing Homicide was a spicy little dish when…

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Suicide Chute Backcountry Skiing

Suicide Chute Backcountry Skiing

Suicide Chute Backcountry Skiing is extremely exposed to avalanche danger and should only be attempted in stable snow conditions.  Located on the flank of the Mighty Mount Superior, across from Alta ski area, suicide chute looks imposing. The skiers at Alta have a front row view of it. Suicide Chute Backcountry Skiing   Skiing Skiing…

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Pre Season Touring at Alta

pre season backcountry touring alta ski resort

 Pre Season backcountry touring Alta Ski resort! A common mistake made by new comers to the Wasatch mountains is being fooled by rain, if it’s raining… it’s probably snowing up high, and not that heavy PNW snow. The greatest snow on Earth! Check out the short video we put together today. With Turkey day around…

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Storm Mountain rock climbing in BCC, Utah

Storm Mountain rock climbing

Storm Mountain Rock Climbing in the Big Cottonwood canyon in the summer time is awesome! There is no denying that, Yes it can get real crowded so expect the company and make the best out of it!  There are some sweet spots near storm mountain which are shouting distance from a road over a creek.…

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Monte Cristo Wasatch Backcountry

Monte Cristo wasatch backcountry

Monte Cristo Wasatch backcountry, Little Cottonwood Canyon. The backcountry skiing here is not for beginners. It has huge avalanche potential, steep skiing (lowest in upper 30 degrees), and tons of exposure.  “Monte Cristo” is just beyond Mount Superior.  The ascending route to Monte Cristo is up the Mount Superior “highway”.  A frequently trafficked route to the summit…

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Parleys Canyon Rock Climbing

Parleys Canyon Rock Climbing

Parleys canyon rock climbing.   This climbing area “The Iron Curtain Wall” is right next to the interstate.  If you travel any of the interstates through Salt Lake, the Iron curtain wall is a must stop.  Location, location, location, accessing this climb quick and easy. Parleys Canyon Rock Climbing Start from the Grandeur Peak Trail Head.…

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Backcountry Ski Mt Superior Utah

backcountry ski mt superior utah

February 8 2016 Being very deliberate with each move of my kick turn, I look back and give recognition to the backcountry skier who was patiently waiting his turn.  While he was observing me barely cling to the side of the mountain, he chuckled and said, “No pressure, there’s only a 1,000 foot cliff behind you”.  This…

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Mt Raymond Utah / Backcountry skiing

Mt Raymond Utah Backcountry skiing

Mt Raymond Utah is smaller than it’s 11,000 ft neighboring peaks. However it’s steep face, steep chutes, and steep cliffs make Raymond a little Giant. We had to be careful because when you dance with a Giant, one misstep and you could get squished.  After climbing Butler fork we emerged into Mill-A basin, but one of…

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Hallway Couloir Wasatch Backcountry

Hallway Couloir Wasatch backcountry

Hallway Couloir Wasatch Backcountry approach is straight forward and easy.  If you are confident with your route finding and the stability of the snowpack, the route from the top of Flagstaff peak is the most direct. When you’re searching for the entrance the terrain is steep and intimidating .  From the top of Flagstaff  follow the…

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