Preston Peak Run

Brighton and Solitude

Park City and Deer Valley

Salt Lake City

A steep, rocky, tree-d run into Snake Bowl.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
481 m
Ascent
35 m
Descent
130 m
Low Point
3 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
39˚
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Preston Peak Run Map

Description

If the Avalanche conditions are safe and you want to get the full experience of the Snake Bowl run, take it to the next level by hiking to Preston Peak and skiing from the top. Be advised, there are a lot of tight trees in this area, as well as rocks when the snowpack is low. You should only head out here if there is a healthy, thick snowpack. This area is also out of bounds, so make sure to carry avalanche gear and be safe traveling on the ridge.

After unloading from Snake Creek Chairlift, head right out of the gate towards the Snake Bowl traverse. There is usually a short cat track heading up towards your left here. This is where you want to take off your skis and start hiking. Follow the Cat track up to the ridge line, and follow the ridge line from there. Continue hiking up this ridge line until you reach the top of Preston Peak. From here there is a great view of Snake Creek to the East, and the entire Central Wasatch to the West.

When skiing down, be very mindful of any rocks that may be beneath the snow. This area is notorious for giving core shots to unexacting skiers. There is steep, sustained pitch through the trees for several hundred feet, until you reach the Snake Bowl run bellow. This is one of the steeper, and more challenging runs in the Brighton area. After skiing it and the bowl below, you will end up on the Thunderroad, where you can head back to Snake Creek or Crest lifts.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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