Many Utah resorts give easy access to side-country or backcountry terrain, however, that doesn't mean everyone is qualified. You must be completely aware of current conditions and be prepared for anything by using the proper tools, backcountry gear and information. Do yourself a favor and use the Utah Avalanche Center as a primary resource. We also highly recommend signing up for Ski Utah's guided Interconnect Tour. There's no better way to go beyond the ropes and ski a side of Utah few get to experience.
Know Before You Go
(access to mountain before it opens to public)
|Alta||✓with private lesson|
|Brighton||✓with private lesson|
|Deer Valley Resort||✓|
Please remember, as an uphill skier, you are a guest of these resorts. Please respect their policies, employees, and patrons in order to keep this uphill privilege available. Choose your skin track to maximize visibility to other traffic while still maintaining a safe distance from such traffic. In low-lighting conditions, think along the lines of bicycle safety, with a solid white headlamp in front, blinking red light(s) in back, and reflective clothing. Remember that these are policies for uphill travel within the ski resort boundary, as opposed to backcountry access, which requires utilization of safe backcountry travel skills through potentially dangerous terrain.
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