Alta Collins Uphill

Alta & Snowbird

Park City and Deer Valley

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Early or late season uphill access at Alta, taking Collins Gulch toward Mount Baldy.

Resort Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
563 m
Descent
0 m
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
27˚
Alta Collins Uphill Map

Alta does not allow inbounds uphill travel during the operating season, but access is normally allowed in early and late season. During those times the resort is not patrolled, however, and should be treated as backcountry terrain.

Description

When the resort isn't open, Alta makes a local favorite destination for ski touring. Here at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon, early-season storms can be frequent and deep, sometimes filling in steep lines that are normally off-limits during the winter. Then in the spring after the resort has closed, sheltered aspects can hold snow for a while, even long enough to find some summer turns.

Be sure to check Alta's uphill travel page for current status before you go. Even when uphill travel is open, certain areas may remain closed. The route mapped here is one possibility for skinning up to Germania Pass on Mount Baldy. From there you could ski back down Collins Gulch, cross over into Albion Basin, or even continue toward the top of Baldy and the chutes.

Difficulty

Moderate

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

in April, May, June, October, November and December

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