Twin Peaks - E Face

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

This is a short but very steep line off of one of the tallest and most iconic Wasatch peaks.

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
982 m
Ascent
7 m
Descent
580 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
44˚
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Twin Peaks - E Face Map

Description

The E Face of Twin Peaks is not one of the longest lines, but it's consistently steep and can be very fun in the right conditions. This line is easily scouted on the approach which is nice. Start at the Broads Fork trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon, head up the main drainage to the saddle to the S of Twin Peaks and then traverse the ridge to the summit.

This line starts off of the E summit of Broads Fork Twin Peaks. The upper section is littered with very sharp rocks and often holds loose and rotten snow. When coverage is good you can drop right in from the summit. If coverage isn't great you can work down to the skiers left or right and skirt in to avoid some of the rocky upper section. The top few turns off the summit are the steepest nearing 50 degrees, but only for a few turns. The slope then mellows out to a nice 40 degrees. Trend to skiers right and you'll line yourself up for the nice chute in the middle section. This narrows into a choke that is a few hundred centimeters wide and then opens up into a great apron to finish it off.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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