Yonkers

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Yonkers is the spicy little neighbor to the north of Bonkers. It's not as long, but it's steeper and not skied as often.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
698 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
457 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
44˚
Yonkers  Map

This is a fun little line if you're the neighborhood and can be a fun option when Bonkers is tracked out, or you're wanting something a little more engaging.

Description

Access by starting at the Broads Fork trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Follow the summer trail until it opens up at the base of Yonkers and Bonkers, then head to the right towards the tight choke and climb up the chute. There are some rocks and cliffs to navigate depending on the depth of the snowpack, but you'll get a good look at things as you climb up it.

Yonkers starts from the ridge and drops into 45 degree terrain over a cliff. From here you cut skiers right into the gut and descend down the middle of the chute. You'll encounter a block of rock lower down that may be passable to either side. The line opens back up after this and continues at a nice pitch until it's final choke. From here it's just a fun mellow apron that can be skied all the way down to the beaver ponds.

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

4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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