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Ski Touring in Utah's Wasatch Mountains
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Ski Touring in Utah's Wasatch Mountains
Equipment, Logistics & Reservations - Backcountry Skiing
Ski Touring in Utah's Wasatch Mountains
UMA Guide, Jasmin Caton
Photography by Andrew Burr

Backcountry Touring Equipment List:

  • Non-cotton top and bottom under layers (capilene or polypro)
  • Fleece or insulated jacket
  • Waterproof /windproof top and bottom outer shell
  • Wool (and liner) socks
  • Waterproof snow gloves or mittens
  • Fleece or liner glove for uphill
  • Warm hat and baseball cap
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 or 2 liters of water
  • Lunch and snacks

  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, split snowboard or snowboard with snowshoes
  • Heel risers for tele skis
  • Poles
  • Skins
  • Avalanche transceiver *
  • Shovel *
  • Backpack*

* UMA will provide you with an avalanche transceiver, a shovel and/or a backpack if you need them. UMA rents alpine touring skis, skins and split snowboards. Other equipment is available for rent at local ski shops.


Utah Mountain Adventures Rentals:

    Alpine touring skis and skins: $35 plus tax
    Split-snowboard, skins and poles: $45 plus tax
    Skins only: $10 plus tax
    Snowshoes and poles: $15 plus tax

UMA guides can deliver and adjust this gear for you.


Video: How to use a Backcountry Splitboard

Rental Shops:

     Alta Peruvian Lodge Rental Shop
     in Alta
     (801) 742-3333

     Black Diamond Retail
     2070 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City
     (801) 278-0233

     REI
     3285 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City
     (801) 486-2100

     Wasatch Touring
     702 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
     (801) 359-9361

     University of Utah Outdoor Rec Center
     
2140 E. Red Butte Road, Fort Douglas,
     Building 650
     (801) 581-8516


Guidebooks and Maps:

     Guidebooks:
               Backcountry Skiing Utah.  By Tyson Bradley
               The Chuting Gallery.  By Andrew McLean

     Maps:
               Wasatch Touring Map 1 by Alpentech
               Wasatch Touring Map 2 by Alpentech


Accommodations
:

These lodges in the town of Alta are very convenient for the Saturday and Sunday venues:

     Alta Lodge
     (801) 322-4631

     Alta's Rustler Lodge
     (801) 532-2582

     Goldminer’s Daughter
     (801) 742-2300

     Peruvian Lodge
     (801) 742-3333

     Snowbird
     (801) 933-2222

These accommodations in Salt Lake City area are also close to the Cottonwood Canyons:

     Skyline Inn, Foothill Drive, SLC
     Foothill Drive, SLC: 2475 E. 1700 South
     (801) 582-5350

     La Quinta Inn
     Midvale: 7231 S. Catalpa Rd
     (801) 566-3291

     Residence Inn
     
Cottonwood Heights: 6425 South 3000 E.
     (801) 453-0430


Trailheads & Meeting Points - Driving Directions:


To BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON PARK & RIDE LOT:

  • From Salt Lake City, and the Wasatch Front:
    Follow Interstate 215 (Belt Route) either south from I-80 or east from I-15 to the 6200 South Exit. Drive southeast, uphill, toward Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird ski resorts. Continue through a traffic light at the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard. Turn left (east) at the next light onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (SR 190, also called 7200 South.) Take another left after 200 yards into the UTA Park & Ride lot.

  • From Park City and other points east:
    Go west over Parley's summit and down Parley's Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley. Go south on I-215, and exit at the 6200 South. Drive southeast, uphill, toward Brighton, Solitude, Alta,and Snowbird ski resorts. Continue through a traffic light at the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard. Turn left (east) at the next light onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (SR 190, also called 7200 South). Take another left after 200 yards into the UTA Park & Ride lot.

To Knudsen Corner PARK & RIDE LOT, 6450 South Wasatch Blvd:

  • Follow directions for Big Cottonwood Park & Ride Lot (above), until you reach the junction of 6200 South and Wasatch Blvd. Turn left here and make another immediate left into the large Park & Ride Lot.

To EINSTEIN BAGEL SHOP in Olympus Cove, SLC:

  • From Park City and other points east:
    Drive west on I-80 over Parley's summit and down Parley's Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley. Go south on I-215, and exit at 3900 South. Turn left (east) under the freeway and make a right on Wasatch Blvd then an immediate left into the Bagel Shop, which is next to a mall and Dan's Grocery Store.

  • From Salt Lake City, and the Wasatch Front:
    Follow Interstate 215 (Belt Route) south or north to the 3900 South Exit. Get on Wasatch Blvd, which parallels the freeway on the east, and locate the Bagel Shop, just south of the intersection of 3900 South and Wasatch Blvd. It is at the north end of a mall and Dan's Grocery Store.


How to Register - download registration form ( PDF)

 We require a 50% deposit to hold your space in a course or to reserve a private guide. Please call our office to make a reservation by phone 801 550 3986 or print our registration form and send it or fax it (801) 486-8505 with your deposit. UMA will send by e-mail a confirmation of the reservation.

RESERVATIONS

  • Advance reservations are required
  • A guide or instructor may be booked for any day, subject to availability

DEPOSITS

  • A deposit is required to reserve a guide and to hold a spot on a course or a climb
  • Deposits are 50% of cost of climb or course

REFUNDS OR CHANGES

  • Deposits will only be refunded if the guided outing is cancelled by the guide due to unsafe conditions deemed by the guide.
  • If conditions are poor for the guided outing and the guide is flexible and available to postpone the date of the outing, you may choose to do that.

USFS VISITOR'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK AND RELEASE FORMS - download forms ( PDF)

Before participating in any class or guided program, you will be required to read, complete and sign UMA's approved "Participant Agreement, Release and Assumption of Risk" form and "USFS Visitor’s Acknowledgement of Risk" form. For participants under 18 years old, parents must sign.

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Phone: (801) 550 3986
Fax: (801) 486 8505
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2070 East 3900 South, #B
Salt Lake City, Utah 84124
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