Memorial #5

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

This is the steepest and longest of the Memorials with excellent pitch and beautiful rock lined walls.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
640 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
446 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
48˚
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Description

Of all the memorials this is the longest, steepest and "cleanest". It's almost two thousand feet of tight rock lined chute skiing tucked in the backside of Mount Olympus.

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 chute is in the forty degree range for the whole run, and the slope angles just a little bit to the skiers left, it's not a direct fall line chute, but pretty close. Once you hit the end of the chute you can continue out the gully exit and into the much flatter brush. Find your way back to the trail and follow it back down and out of Neffs Canyon.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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.

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
  • Crampons

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