Lift Assisted Backcountry Skiing

Sometimes you don’t have to venture very far from the ski area to score some world-class powder. In fact, a lot of our prime backcountry skiing can be found just outside many Utah ski resort boundaries.

By using a combination of lifts, skinning, short bootpacks and traverses, we can get in and out of a variety of terrain with minimal effort. This means that you get to ski more powder and stack more runs into your day with considerably less hiking and skinning.

However, crossing the ski resort boundary requires knowledge and the right gear. Although these slopes are very close to ski areas, they are not controlled for avalanches and should be treated as backcountry terrain. Our guide will make sure that you stay safe while you ski this legendary terrain. Lift tickets not included.

Topics covered include:

  • Learn how to travel safely and efficiently in and out of the backcountry/sidecountry
  • Reading the avalanche forecast and choosing a safe route
  • Efficient use of skins, bootpacking and traversing
  • How to transition to downhill mode
  • How to ski powder and other variable snow conditions
  • Descent procedures in avalanche terrain
  • Personalized ski coaching and instruction

Difficulty: No previous backcountry experience necessary; intermediate downhill ski ability and good fitness level.
Duration: 6-8 hours
Max Ratio: 4:1
Meeting Time: Usually around 9 am
Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on conditions.
Lift assisted tour: Price of lift ticket is additional.



1 person $395 / person
2 people $275 / person
3 people $225 / person
4 people $200 / person

*tax will be added to all prices; gratuity is not included