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Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Georges is the classic powder bowl lower down in Cardiff Fork.

Ski Touring Difficult

1.5 km
4 m
546 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
3.1 km
Georges Map

Georges is one of the classic powder bowls in the Wasatch Backcountry. It can be accessed by parking at the Cardiff Fork (Mill D South) trailhead and following the old mining road south up into the enormous basin. Follow the road past Doughnut Falls and trend right if the trail/road branches off. Make sure avalanche conditions are low because you'll be passing underneath some huge avalanche paths from Kessler Peak. Just past these open avalanche debris clearings you'll branch off into the woods on your right hand side, W. Weave your way through the trees avoiding steeper open sections until you reach the ridge.


From here you can lap the area using your skin track. This is some excellent mid-angle tree skiing. Then back down and out of Cardiff Fork. Or, drop over the ridge for some good runs down and out of Mineral Fork, and hitch-hike back up to your car. Make a note that the Wasatch Powderbird Guides heli-skiing operation flies this area often so you may encounter them on certain days.



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

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

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.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Trees

Equipment required

  • Skins

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