The Sliver

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

One of the long classic lines hidden deep in the Wasatch.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
4.6 km
Ascent
18 m
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
50˚
The Sliver Map

From White Pine trailhead follow the road then trail to Red Pine Canyon, cross the bridge and skin up into Maybird Drainage, head up and over the Maybird/Hogum Divide. From here ski down to the base of The Sliver, and boot up The Sliver.

Description

At the top of Thunder ridge find the entry which holds a small patch of small scrubby pine trees. Work through the trees which is the crux. This is a 1,700 foot run that starts at 45 degrees and mellows out into the thirties. The chute lessens in pitch and opens up nicely allowing bigger and faster turns as you descend into the glorious finishing bowl.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Trees

Equipment required

  • Skins

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