Carbonate Cliffs

Alta & Snowbird

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Steep technical skiing in the Carbonate Cliffs.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
218 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
144 m
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
43˚
Carbonate Cliffs Map

Mini extreme skiing! Enter the right/higher Black Forest gate. The traverse wraps a corner then goes across a flat where it forks, you want the right traverse that will take you to the Carbonate Cliffs. This is mini Alaska when the rocks get covered, and when they don't it can be ugly. The exposure is real, and falling is certainly not recommended. The further right you go the steeper and tighter it gets. Stay left and in the tight chute to avoid most obstacles. The main apron is a big scree field so there are usually big rocks poking out or lurking just below the surface.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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