Ski Mountaineering

This program is designed to take you up and down steep, technical and more committing terrain. Some of the most famous Wasatch ski descents feature exciting lines down narrow couloirs, steep chutes, and long exposed faces. Skiing this type of terrain requires a certain set of skills and equipment in order to move efficiently and remain safe. Popular ski mountaineering objectives include the Wolverine Cirque and Tuscarora, Mt Superior SE Face, The Coalpit Headwall, Pfeifferhorn NW Couloir, Twin Peaks E. Face, and many more.

Some of these outings may require the use of an ice axe, crampons, harness and a rope. A few descents may also include rappels or belayed skiing. Advanced objectives are recommended for experienced ski mountaineers only.

Topics covered include:

  • Skinning and booting up in steep terrain
  • Mixed climbing on snow and rock
  • Using a rope for belay and rappel/lower
  • Building anchors (rock, ice and snow protection)
  • Using crampons and ice axe
  • Self arrest
  • Steep skiing skills and techniques
  • Personalized ski coaching and instruction

Difficulty: Some backcountry experience necessary; advance to expert downhill ski ability and good fitness level. Previous Mountaineering experience a plus.
Duration: 6-10 hours
Max Ratio: 4:1
Meeting Time: Usually around 8 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.


RATES *Some objectives require a longer day and price may vary.

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