If Medusa's Face were half as good as it looked it would be an incredible once in a lifetime run, but unfortunately it's never a very good run even when it looks great. If you've been in the Salt Lake Valley in winter then you've probably found yourself staring at the impressive 2,000 foot Medusa's Face. This rock slab face gets enough snow to cover it, but with it's N aspect the sun never has a chance to consolidate the snow and it remains a rotten coating that just isn't deep enough to hide all the rocks it's laying on. Also, the face is so steep that it constantly sheds most of the good snow that was there. The face is at a lower elevation so it can heat up and loses lots more snow during warming periods. This all comes together to make getting skiable conditions on this face a tall order. If you find yourself on top though and insist on skiing down, you'll find better conditions up top as the benches collect and hold snow much better than the steeper slabs down below. Be prepared to hit rock at least every other turn and then head to the left at the bottom and cut into the chute that parallels the face so you don't get stuck out on the rock face. The lower chute can be quite fun and a nice finish to a nerve wracking scratch fest down the face. Follow back down your tracks through the thick brush till you get to your car.
Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.
Best time to visit
- Walk Required