West Monitor (Backcountry Skiing)

Powderhound Matt

By Powderhound Matt \ December 17 2010 \ 0 Comments

On Thursday morning, after checking the avalanche conditions a group of us decided to tour out to West Monitor.  The easiest way to access West Monitor is from the top of 9,990 at Canyons.  From there, you can head off into the backcountry. When conditions are good, the combined hike and skin should take under an hour and if you know your way you can end up back at the bottom of the Dreamcatcher lift at Canyons Resort. In my opinion, West Monitor has one of the largest, steepest and wide open bowls on the Park City ridge line.  Here are tallest peaks, which ones have you skied?

Scott Hill- 10,116ft
Tri-County Peak (Jupiter Peak)- 10,027ft
"Monitor Peak"- 10,009ft
Silver Peak- 10,006ft
Jupiter Hill- 9,998ft
Desolation Peak (also called Ninety-Nine 90 or Peak 9,990 - 9,990ft
"Square Top"- 9,770ft
Murdock Peak -9,602ft
Park Mountain- 9,363ft
Bald Mountain- 9,346ft
Flagstaff Mountain- 9,213ft
Iron Mountain- 9,018ft



On a side note, starting Saturday morning no one should be skiing terrain that looks even remotely close to this as there is currently an Avalanche Watch posted for all of Utah's northern mountains.  


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Matt Baydala, originally from Rockville Centre, New York, sniffed his way to Park City, Utah in 2006. Since then, he has built a career as the Owner of the Park City restaurant Yuki Yama Sushi. His passion and appreciation for the diversity of Utah’s wintersports product make him the perfect Powderhound. "For me skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth is not just a hobby; it’s an obsession," exclaimed Baydala. "Now I have the opportunity to share this awesome life we live out here with the entire skiing community."