Guidebook

The Best Freeride Lines Around Alta and Snowbird

Powder snow and varied terrain just a stone’s throw from Salt Lake City.

Description

Renowned for their perfect powder and long winter seasons, Alta and Snowbird are top of the list for skiing in Utah. There’s thousands of acres of diverse terrain to explore, from forests to large open spaces, steep chutes, and runs of all levels of difficulty.

A family-run ski area since 1938, Alta is smaller, older, and more quaint than its neighboring ski resort Snowbird. Snowboarders will need to stick to Snowbird, as Alta is strictly skiers only.

The epic views, easy accessibility, and excellent snow conditions are unfortunately no secret. Skiers flock from across the state to enjoy this slice of skiing paradise. Get up early to avoid the crowds, and even earlier if there’s been a big dump of snow the night before!

Sources:
https://blog.liftopia.com/ten-reasons-to-ski-alta-and-snowbird-this-winter/
https://www.alta.com/
https://www.powder.com/latitudes/us/utah/passing-through-alta-snowbird/
https://www.snowbird.com/

Devil's Castle Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Devil's Castle Couloir

Salt Lake City
163 m
47 °
N
9 m
0.3 km
A steep technical line that is very rarely skied
Extreme
Private
Broom Stick
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Broom Stick

Salt Lake City
193 m
41 °
N
0 m
0.4 km
A steep slot though the trees
Difficult
Private
Little Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Little Chute

Salt Lake City
234 m
42 °
NE
0 m
0.3 km
Little Chute is the skinnier and more technical couloir to skiers right of the popular Main Chute on Mount Baldy
Severe
Private
Scotty's Bowl
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Scotty's Bowl

Salt Lake City
752 m
38 °
NW
7 m
1.9 km
A nice long powder stash
Difficult
Private
Comma Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Comma Chute

Salt Lake City
334 m
44 °
NW
8 m
0.5 km
A mellow powder field that leads into a spicy choke and steep chute
Severe
Private
Broom Closet
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Broom Closet

Salt Lake City
148 m
45 °
NW
0 m
0.2 km
Some V shaped airs
Extreme
Private
ABC Chutes
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

ABC Chutes

Salt Lake City
194 m
42 °
N
6 m
0.4 km
Very steep technical tree skiing
Difficult
Private
Death Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Death Chute

Salt Lake City
90 m
42 °
NE
5 m
0.2 km
A cliff drop to straight line
Extreme
Private
Elevator Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Elevator Chute

Salt Lake City
86 m
33 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
A short, tight straight line
Extreme
Private
Tower 3
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tower 3

Salt Lake City
106 m
45 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
A steep, wide open chute
Difficult
Private
Hanging tree gate
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hanging tree gate

Salt Lake City
79 m
36 °
NE
1 m
0.3 km
Secret gate that takes you just other side of rope line
Difficult
Private
Macaroni Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Macaroni Chute

Salt Lake City
72 m
42 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
A short but fun Macaroni shaped chute
Difficult
Private
Rats Nest
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rats Nest

Salt Lake City
88 m
40 °
NW
0 m
0.2 km
A very steep and rocky way into Great Scott
Severe
Private
Perla's
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Perla's

Salt Lake City
210 m
44 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
The steep headwall looker's left of Main Chute and Little Chute on Mount Baldy
Severe
Private
Carbonate Cliffs
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Carbonate Cliffs

Salt Lake City
144 m
39 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Steep technical skiing
Severe
Private
Bad News Cliffs
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bad News Cliffs

Salt Lake City
130 m
42 °
NE
8 m
0.4 km
Cliff drops and technical lines of all shapes and sizes
Severe
Private
Dog Leg
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dog Leg

Salt Lake City
175 m
44 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
A variation of Little Chute
Severe
Private
Forbidden Zone
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Forbidden Zone

Salt Lake City
79 m
44 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
Steep Technical skiing
Extreme
Private
Hanging Bowl
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hanging Bowl

Salt Lake City
145 m
48 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A popular double cliff air
Extreme
Private
Jaws
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Jaws

Salt Lake City
101 m
41 °
N
9 m
0.2 km
A steep and tight chute with rocks
Extreme
Private
Bananas Bowl
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bananas Bowl

Salt Lake City
62 m
34 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
A secret bowl with trees near the top
Moderate
Private
High Speed Double
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

High Speed Double

Salt Lake City
80 m
37 °
N
2 m
0.2 km
A technical Double Cliff
Extreme
Private
Pipeline
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pipeline

Salt Lake City
277 m
50 °
NE
0 m
0.4 km
The most beautiful line at Snowbird
Extreme
Private