Guidebook

Excellent Ski Tours Around Alta and Snowbird

Perfect powder and thousands of acres of diverse terrain to enjoy in Utah.

Description

Known for its deep powder and a couple of thousand acres of terrain to enjoy, Alta is the stuff skiers’ dreams are made of. With a mega 545” of annual snowfall, you can be sure to be satisfied at any point in the season. A small ski area that’s been family-run since 1938, Alta has managed to hold onto its small-town charm and friendliness. Sitting 8,530 feet above sea level at the top of Little Collingwood Canyon, and only a quick 45 minutes to Salt Lake City, it's hard to find a better combination of quaintness and convenience in Utah. One thing to keep in mind is that Alta is strictly skiers only. It is one of three ski areas in the United States that do not allow snowboarding.

Three miles down the road from Alta is Snowbird ski area, which of course, enjoys the same excellent snow conditions, and also has the longest season in all of Utah. Where Alta has charm, Snowbird has options. Boasting all the amenities and comforts of a larger ski resort, Snowbird will sort you out, from heated outdoor pools to snowmobile tours.

Grizzly Gulch

Grizzly Gulch

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
0.7 km
127 m
1 m
19 °
N
The most popular backcountry ski area in the state
Moderate
Private
Little Pine

Little Pine

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
1.6 km
0 m
956 m
43 °
S
Little Pine is the king of S facing lines in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Difficult
Private
Tri Chutes

Tri Chutes

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
1.4 km
0 m
674 m
43 °
NW
The Tri-Chutes are a Wasatch classic with some of the longest open lines in the range.
Difficult
Private
Birthday Chutes

Birthday Chutes

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
0.9 km
129 m
343 m
43 °
NW
Long and consistent wide chutes
Difficult
Private
Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
0.3 km
0 m
176 m
37 °
N
North facing lines down to Catherine Lake.
Difficult
Private
Monte Cristo Direct

Monte Cristo Direct

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
1.8 km
0 m
972 m
53 °
SE
One of the longer classic lines in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon with a rappel thrown in to spice things up.
Difficult
Private
Scotty's Approach

Scotty's Approach

Salt Lake City
1 - 2 hrs
1.5 km
463 m
18 m
41 °
N
This is the safest way to approach the classic north facing powder run, called Scotty's Bowl.
Difficult
Private
Icefall

Icefall

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
3.8 km
462 m
1,047 m
44 °
S
Probably one of the best kept secrets in the Wasatch! Icefall is almost 2,000 feet long with a wide open headwall, tight chute and fun gully finish.
Difficult
Private
Dry Fork

Dry Fork

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
0.4 km
5 m
90 m
29 °
E
Short steep laps
Difficult
Private
Mount Superior Approach

Mount Superior Approach

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
3.1 km
801 m
78 m
37 °
E
This is the easiest and safest approach to Mount Superior via Cardiff Pass and the Eastern Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Pfeifferhorn Approach

Pfeifferhorn Approach

Salt Lake City
4 - 5 hrs
5.7 km
1,125 m
80 m
41 °
N
This is the approach up Red Pine drainage to access the many great lines off the Pfeifferhorn.
Difficult
Private
Rocky Point

Rocky Point

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
0.4 km
1 m
129 m
34 °
N
Short bowl skiing littered with cliffs
Difficult
Private
Birthday Chutes

Birthday Chutes

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
1.6 km
0 m
657 m
39 °
N
The Birthday Chutes are some of the most classic sidecountry lines in the Wasatch. Snowbird doesn't open the gates to ski these all that often so touring up to them is a great option.
Difficult
Private
Lake Peak Chute

Lake Peak Chute

Salt Lake City
1 - 2 hrs
4.7 km
53 m
972 m
44 °
E
Lake Peak Chute is a fun little gem deep in the Wasatch.
Severe
Private
Mount Superior South Face

Mount Superior South Face

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
1.4 km
0 m
802 m
41 °
S
Mount Superior is one of the most classic lines in the range. The S Face is nearly 3,000 feet long and starts in the mid 40 degree range.
Difficult
Private
Scotty's Bowl
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Scotty's Bowl

Salt Lake City
0 - 1 hrs
1.8 km
23 m
754 m
42 °
Scotty's is a classic north facing roadside attraction in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Difficult
Private