Mount Superior South Face

Alta & Snowbird

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Mount Superior is one of the most classic lines in the range. The S Face is nearly 3,000 feet long and starts in the mid 40 degree range.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1.4 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
802 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
41˚
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Mount Superior South Face Map

Description

Park at Our Lady Of The Snow church 7 miles up the canyon. Head up to Cardiff Pass following the power lines. From the pass stay on the ridge and head W. This ridge rises up and then drops down again along some cornices, but stay on the ridge and continue along trending on the S side of the ridge when it's too rocky on the true ridge. You'll climb up again towards Little Superior. The trail usually turns to booting up the ridge at this point, and stays pretty true to the ridge. There may be some mild rock climbing involved.

From the summit there are several entries onto the enormous S Face. Most entries are easily visible from the ridge. The upper slopes are in the lower 40 degree range and mellow out nicely the lower you go until the gentle apron sweeps up to meet you. Please choose your timing to ski this run wisely since it is a huge avalanche path that can cover the road.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Equipment required

  • Skins

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