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Tanners Gulch

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

A tight chute into a wide bowl that turns into some nice tree skiing

Ski Touring Severe

2.4 km
0 m
1.1 km
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3.3 km
Tanners Gulch Map

Tanner Gulch is considered a “classic couloir” that begins with a headwall chute, opens up to a large apron and open bowl with fun rolling terrain all the way to the bottom. You would go up the upper western chute, with the reward of a wide, steep, sustained 40 degree descent. It is also a an avalanche terrain trap, as it is a long sustained funnel, with the lower fifth serving as a depository for any debris that rips from above. To the saddle its a 4.3 mile hike, beginning at 7,400 ft elevation, and topping out 3,400 vertical ft higher (By comparison, the highest you can obtain at a Utah ski resort is 3,243 vertical feet at Snowbird).



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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and May


  • Bowl
  • Couloir
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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