Category: Backcountry

Spring backcountry ski routes in the Uinta Mountains

Adam Symonds snowboards down Mount Watson in June after backcountry ski routes open in the Uinta Mountains for the summer season. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Spring skiing in Utah’s backcountry means we have the ability to access routes that are closed off to those of us who don’t own a snowmobile. The Uinta Mountains is the biggest example, as the Mirror Lake Highway is closed…

Ride free backcountry ski shuttles in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Shuttle Day will use 12-person Sprinter Vans in Little Cottonwood Canyon. (Photo: Wasatch Backcountry Alliance)

Transportation congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon has reached an all-time high. Even on non-powder days, you can expect a line of cars slowly rolling up Highway 210 toward Alta and Snowbird. Even backcountry trailhead parking lots have vehicles spilling out…

Utah’s backcountry ski community mourns Douglas Green

Gobblers Avalanche 2 (640x480)

Utah saw its first 2016 avalanche fatality on Thursday, January 21st, when 49-year-old Douglas Green perished in a slide on Gobblers Knob. According to the Utah Avalanche Center, Green was skiing with another skier on a south-facing run called White…