Utah Alpine Classics

Mt. Superior, The Pheiferhorn and more January through April

The Central Wasatch offers great winter alpine and ice climbing. Many of these climbs can be done in a long day, and offer high quality snow and mixed climbing. There are not many places in the U.S. that you can fly in one day and climb a 3,000 ridge of mixed the next day. The climbing’s easy access make Utah a supreme spot to train for harder objectives or for someone looking to enter alpine climbing arena.

Mt. Superior

Rising 3,000+ feet from the canyon floor, the South Ridge offers fun climbing (50 degree snow, short steps of 5.6 rock) on exposed knife edge ridges.

South Ridge

The southwest ridge of Superior is an adventure not to be missed. This outing requires a high level of fitness and intermediate alpine skills. Superior is an impressive looking peak just across the road from Snowbird. If you have ever skied at the “Bird”, you have surely looked across at this peak in awe. This climb consist of climbing an traversing an exposed ridge while traveling roped up with crampons and an ice axe. From the summit we have spectacular views of the magnificent Wasatch crest, the expansive Salt Lake Valley, the Great Salt Lake, and the Ophir mountain range to the West. For the expert skiers, it is possible to take skis and descend either the south face of Superior, a classic steep and coveted ski line, or off the Northeast chutes into Cardiff drainage and out to Big Cottonwood Canyon. Otherwise we hike down the east ridge and descend back to Little Cottonwood Canyon.

East Ridge of Superior

The East ridge is a gentler, but no less beautiful alpine climb that ascends to the summit of Superior. This exposed ridge is climbed partly on skis, and partly on a boot pack up an exposed ridge. No roped travel is required here, but we do take an ice axe for added security. You then find yourself in the heart of the Wasatch with many options for skiing down depending on where the snow quality is the best! Come fit for this adventure and we will take you on a grand tour of some of our finest ski terrain available.

The Pheiferhorn

A three mile approach bring us to the base of this symmetrical and very recognizable peak. A route up the North Ridge begins with a climb up a 40+ degree gully to gain the steep broken ridge. The ridge offers up to 5.7 rock and mixed climbing.

The Great White Icicle

The Great White Icicle offers four to five pitches of ice climbing up to water ice 4. This climb ascends a giant couloir giving it a very alpine feel.

Triple Traverse

This long ridge traverse begins by climbing the steep Tanners gulch to the col and then over three summits; Dromedary, Sunrise and Twin. we descend Broads fork to the road. Mostly snow climbing on exposed ridges and excellent views.

Stairway to Heaven

This stunning waterfall has 800 vertical feet of ice climbing up to water ice 5. There are a number of variations and neighboring climbs, offering something for every ability.

Mount Timpanogos

The Grunge Couloir is a Grade IV ,AI 2 – 3. It is one of many fun adventures accessing the Wasatch’s second highest peak, 11,749 feet.

In the Wasatch, we work with Utah Mountain Adventures, a permit holder of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Rates

Client to Guide Ratio Domestic Day Domestic Day 8+ hrs Overnight
1:1 $300 $350-$500 $500
2:1 $235 $275-$400 $400
3:1 $200 Not done w/ this ratio $250