We are excited to offer you a backcountry ski getaway here in the Wasatch mountains. Your lodging for 4 nights will be a rustic mountain home located off guardsman pass road in Big Cottonwood Canyon. From this cabin, you will have 3 days backcountry skiing right out the backdoor and other nearby areas.

The cabin can fit up to 8 people if you are family or friends. It has 2 Queen beds, 3 single beds, and a full bed. This weekend includes all of your food prepared for you so you can just ski and relax. Beautifully, this cabin sits high on the hill giving you lots of exposer to the brilliant winter sunshine that we get here in the Wasatch. or our deep powder storms that frequent the area. Either way from here we can easily access a wide variety of terrain either right out the door or with a short drive. It is also possible to have a lift access day from Brighton or Solitude if you are wanting a warm-up day or a bi-canyon tour.

We have a 4-1 skier to guide ratio, so if you have a group of people between 3-8 folks we can set you up for an amazing weekend with 1 or 2 guides. Similarly, we can try to pair you with some people of similar skiing ability and interest. It works best if you put together a group of your family or friends for this as you can align your desires.

Once we know your current ability, training, and desires we will tailor the trip to you. For example, if you want to learn about avalanche hazards and science we can put extra focus on teaching. Maybe you want to become competent to travel on your own, then we can begin to build your knowledge, judgment, route finding, trail breaking, and assessment skills. Perhaps you want to ski hard and get as much vertical as you can in a day? Cleverly, we can tailor these days to charging while staying within a perimeter of safety for your ability and current conditions. We will always review and make sure everyone knows how to use their rescue equipment.

Call us today to discuss your ideal backcountry ski getaway. We have 2 dates this coming spring listed below. If you want to do other dates, let us know and we will see what options are available.

Skis With Alpine Touring bindings

We recommend a touring ski with a waist between 105cm and 116. Skis should be equipped with touring binding, preferably tech style bindings.

Climbing Skins

Skins need to be in good condition and cut to fit your ski.

Ski Touring Boot

Boots need to be compatible with your bindings. Boots must have a walk mode.

Ski Crampons

Ski Crampons must be compatible with you bindings and ski waist width.

Boot Crampons

We highly recommend aluminum crampons. Make sure they work with your ski boots.

Harness

Harness must fit over ski clothing, be light weight and in good condition. You should also have 2 locking carabiners and a belay device.

Ice Axe

Ice Axe needs to be light weight and short (Less than 55cm).

Ski Backpack

A good ski pack should be light weight and have a dedicated pocket for your avalanche rescue gear and be between 35-50 liters.

Avalanche Rescue Gear

You will need a shovel and probe. The Shovel should have an extendable handle, an aluminum blade and fit into you pack without sticking out. Make sure your probe is in working order.

Avalanche Beacon

Your beacon should be a modern digital beacon. Come with new batteries in your beacon.

Ski Helmet

While we don’t require you to ski with a helmet we do highly recommend it.

Beanie

Light or medium weight beanie.

Buff/Neck Gaiter

We recommend a lightweight buff as it has many uses.

Goggles

We really like goggles with changeable lenses for use in bright and low light. They should also be compatible with your helmet.

Sun Glasses

Even if you always prefer to ski in goggles, sun glasses are needed for the up. Goggles will get fogged with sweat.

Warm Gloves

How warm depends on you. We recommend a durable well fitting ski glove.

Light Gloves

Lighter weight gloves are recommended for hiking up to reduce sweating.

Hard Shell Jacket

Waterproof/breathable jacket with ventilation.

Light Insulating Jacket

Breathable light insulating jacket.

Mid to Heavy Insulating Jacket

When temps are cold, you will be happy for a nice warm jacket.

Top Base Layer

We really like sun hoodies.

Ski Pants

We recommend a light option or a more waterproof option.

Bottom Base Layer

Bottoms.

Ski Socks

We prefer light weight socks.

Sunscreen

50 SPF or greater. Make sure your tube is not old as sunscreen can lose it’s effectiveness over time.

Lip Screen

Make sure it has SPF.

Small First Aid Kit

This should contain blister repair material, over the counter pain killers and a few bandaids. We will have a full sized med kit on the boat as well as field kits with the guides.

  • Your guide will contact you no later than the evening before your trip to discuss the days plans.
  • For a full day of skiing, plan on 8+ hours out. Bigger objectives can take between 10 and 12 hours.
  • A typical day: Guides will meet clients in one of the Park and Ride parking lots. From the meeting area (guides will tell you where) you will go up one of the canyons together in the client vehicle or public transportation.

*Please note, because of insurance reasons we are not able to transport clients in guide vehicles.

Before You Head Out
  • The guide will do a verbal gear check and confirm that waivers have been signed.
  • The guide will inform you what to do incase of emergency.
  • The guide will give you an overview of the day with estimated completion time.

You day will usually end where your day began (at one of the parking lots or at your lodge). Directions to parking areas where we often meet. Alway confirm meeting place with your guide.

Maps/Locations

Wasatch Backcountry Skiing 2019 price: $400 per person $100 per person for each additional person up to 4. We maintain a ratio no greater than 4 clients to 1 guide. Contact us for courses and group pricing.

Included in Price:
  • 4 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts
  • 3 days of custom backcountry ski guiding with a certified guide
  • 4 nights of lodging
  • Permit to operate on National Forest land
  • Liability insurance
Not Included in Price:
  • Flights to and from Salt Lake City
  • Transportation to and from the cabin, call us to discuss options
  • Gear: you will need to have all the proper backcountry gear, see list attached. We can help you find rentals if you need anything.
  • Personal trip insurance (see options)

In the Wasatch we operate under the permit of our partners at Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC.

Dates

Mar - Apr 2021


Pricing

$1,350/person

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"My trip with Winslow was exhilarating and challenging. She helped me with the skills that made our backcountry ski experience memorable. It was a rewarding experience that took me outside my comfort zone and I loved every minute of it. Thank you Winslow!"

- Bob S.

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