The classic ski mountaineering line off the iconic Pfeifferhorn Peak


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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

High Exposure (E3)In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


To approach, start at the White Pine trailhead 4.6 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon on the right hand side.

Follow the trail over into Red Pine Canyon and either proceed up Red Pine to the Pfeifferhorn Ridge, or cross the stream and climb into Maybird Gulch to access the Pfeifferhorn.

This is one of the most classic ski mountaineering lines off one of the Wasatch mountains most iconic peaks.

This line runs off the top of the Pfeifferhorn on the NW side.

Sometimes in lean years a short rappel or downclimb is needed to get into the hanging couloir.

A few hundred feet of 40 degree skiing funnels into a steeper and sometimes icy pinch where the rappel starts.

In some years the cliff fills completely in, but normally it's around 80 to 100 feet of length.

Anchors are two nice fixed bolts on the skiers right hand side.

The rappel drops you onto a near 50 degree slope that opens up nicely onto a huge apron.