Utah Backcounty

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Dylan Green Skiing Backcountry Powder

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.

Side Country Access

(Backcountry Gates)
Know Before You Go

Alta
Beaver Mountain
Brian Head
Brighton
Cherry Peak
Deer Valley Resort
Eagle Point
Nordic Valley
Park City
Powder Mountain
Snowbasin
Snowbird
Solitude
Sundance

Early Ups

(access to mountain before it opens to public)

Alta with private lesson
Beaver Mountain
Brian Head
Brighton with private lesson
Cherry Peak
Deer Valley Resort
Eagle Point
Nordic Valley
Park City
Powder Mountain
Snowbasin
Snowbird
Solitude
Sundance

 

Skinning Uphill Mikell Bova

Uphill Policies

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.

  • Alta: No uphill traffic allowed during operating dates. Allowed pre and post season except when marked by sign at the base.

    Uphill Allowed - updated May 1, 2020 details

  • Beaver Mountain: Uphill traffic allowed. Policy Page
  • Brian Head: Nouphill travel allowed.
  • Brighton: Uphill travel is allowed with restrictions. Policy Page

    Uphill Not Allowed - updated May 1, 2020 details

  • Deer Valley Resort: No uphill traffic allowed. The following activities, sledding, upill travel, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and hiking are not permitted at Deer Valley at any time of the day or night. Policy Page
  • Cherry Peak: Uphill traffic is allowed.
  • Nordic Valley: No uphill traffic is allowed. Policy Page
  • Park City: No uphill traffic allowed during operational hours. During the regular season, uphill travel is permitted on the Park City base side from 6:00pm to 8:30am on the designated route only from December 15th until closing day. The designated route is from the bottom of First Time Lift, up Homerun to the Angle Station. There is NO uphill travel beyond the Angle Station. Please follow the link to the resort web page for further details. There is NO uphill travel on the Canyons Village base side. Policy Page

    Uphill Not Allowed - updated March 20, 2020

  • Snowbasin: Uphill travel is allowed subject to certain restrictions. Policy Page

    Uphill Allowed - updated Friday, March 27 -Read more

  • Snowbird: No uphill traffic is allowed. Policy Page
  • Solitude: No uphill traffic is allowed. Policy Page
  • Sundance: No uphill traffic is allowed. Policy Page
  • Woodward Park City: No uphill traffic is allowed.

 

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