Wasatch Backcountry

By Tim Roberts Dec 6, 2006

Today we searched for untracked snow in the Wasatch backcountry. We started in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Our first run we skied from behind Alta near Rocky Point towards Solitude. The run is called the “playground” because of all the features skiers can play with. There are lots of rocks to jump and fresh snow to be skied. We skied into Big Cottonwood on a shaded slope that had real soft snow. Then we hiked back up and skied the Patsy Marley side. We started on a South East facing slope that had been hammered by the sun. After about two turns we realized the snow was too crusty from a week of sun so we traversed over to a West facing slope. After a short traverse we found a nice West facing chute that was well shaded with real soft snow. That was the smoothest run of the day. After the chute, it opened up into a wide-open bowl, which allowed us to point 'em down the hill. Afterwards we were tired but happy to have found soft, untracked powder even though it hasn’t snowed for a week. Most shaded slopes will continue to settle but should stay soft for at least another week allowing us to have more good times while we wait for the next dump. Check out the video Randy Reynolds shot today.