Memorial #1

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Memorial #1 is a very long and clean chute that runs off the ridge of the S summit of Mount Olympus.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
856 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
514 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
56˚
Memorial #1 Map

There are 5 main memorial chutes. #1 is the uppermost that runs off the S summit of Olympus and the others follow to the N. Number 1 is one of the most enjoyable, and the easiest of the 5 memorials.

Description

Park at the Neffs Canyon trailhead in Mount Olympus Cove. From here follow the road up into Neffs Canyon. At the first junction head to the right up into N Fork of Neff's. This trail is narrow and winds through the tight trees as it heads to the S. The area is very brushy and can be a rough go in low snow years, or when conditions are thin, but persevere and you'll find yourself at the base of the Memorial Couloirs for some excellent steep and tight chute skiing.

The pitch of Memorial #1 is fun, not too steep, and there is room to turn. Be advised as it's still rock lined, and has a tight feel to it. You can boot up this one, or start from the summit of Mount Olympus (S summit). If you're starting from the summit you'll want to head E down the ridge. This is very rocky, and may require some technical down climbing. A rope isn't required, but may be a good idea to have anyways, depending on your comfort level with climbing rock in ski boots. Stay on the ridge, and after a few hundred feet you'll come to a nice flat saddle. This is the beginning of the chute that drops off to the NE.

There are a few trees, but mostly it's a nice clean chute that mellows out and ends in some tight trees. From here you can continue to the left and that will put you at the base of Memorial #2 where you can head up and ski it, or drop out down Tolcat. Lots of fun options once you're in the area.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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