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Scotty's Approach

Alta & Snowbird

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

This is the safest way to approach the classic north facing powder run, called Scotty's Bowl.

Ski Touring Difficult

1.5 km
463 m
18 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3.1 km
Scotty's Approach Map

To access this run park at the White Pine trailhead and head across the bridge to the trail. The trail cuts right across the base of the run so you can look up it and scope your exit. Continue following the trail up into the White Pine Drainage through the switchbacks. Once the trail flattens back out you can cut left into the trees and work your way to the top of the run by staying on the ridge.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and May


  • Trees

Equipment required

  • Skins

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