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Alta & Snowbird

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Probably one of the best kept secrets in the Wasatch! Icefall is almost 2,000 feet long with a wide open headwall, tight chute and fun gully finish.

Ski Touring Difficult

3.8 km
462 m
1 km
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.4 km
Icefall Map

Park at the White Pine trailhead on the S side of the road in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon. Follow the trail/road that switches back and enters the upper valley. Continue straight up the middle of the drainage winding through trees heading toward Red Baldy. You can hit the gully in the center of the canyon or stick to the trees on the left. This will deposit you at the base of the huge N facing slope of Red Baldy. This can be a tricky slope to ascend without exposing yourself to avalanche danger, so make sure conditions are good. Zig-zag up the lower slopes and gain the ridge on the left (E) side as soon as possible. Work up the ridge until you reach the divide. You'll be able to look down the slope to the S and find a good entry into the Icefall run.


Icefall run starts off the south side of Red Baldy, one of the tallest and most iconic peaks in the Wasatch. It starts in a wide open bowl with slopes in the mid 30's and rolls over into a tight chute past a large icefall. The line continues through a fun gully and spits you out low down in the drainage. Due to it's S aspect the snow stabilizes well in general, giving it relative stability. Due to the remoteness of the run it sees little traffic and can be great in powder or corn. Once you've descended, you can skin back up the drainage to the saddle between American Fork Twin Peaks and Red Baldy. From here there is good skiing down from the col, or you can ascend the ridge toward Twin Peaks and ski the Tri-Chutes, then finish by skiing out White Pine and back to the trailhead.



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

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.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between January and June


  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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