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Tri Chutes

Alta & Snowbird

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

The Tri-Chutes are a Wasatch classic with some of the longest open lines in the range.

Ski Touring Difficult

1.4 km
0 m
674 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.5 km
Tri Chutes Map

The Tri-Chutes are a lovely set of three large gullies high up in the White Pine Drainage. They are some of the longest open runs in the Wasatch with a continuous and uninterrupted pitch. They do however see a lot of wind since they are high on the ridge and west facing. They can be wind scoured. In the spring they can be a great corn snow run!


To approach, park at White Pine trailhead on the south side of Little Cottonwood Canyon. From here take the trail that follows a road grade up the switchbacks and into the upper basin. Stay on the left (E) side of the valley and climb past Birthday Chutes and then you'll pass underneath the Tri-chutes. Aim for the saddle to the SW of the chutes. From this saddle you can safely gain the ridge and climb up to the top of American Fork Twin Peaks where the chutes begin.



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.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between January and June


  • Trees

Equipment required

  • Skins

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