Utah Mountain Adventures - Backcountry Guides and Climbing School


Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding
Photo Credit: Tyson Bradley


"The Best Snow on Earth", is even better with a guide. Ditch the crowds and hire a private guide to take advantage of easy-access, classic Wasatch powder turns! Whether you're eyeing big lines or a casual, fun day with friends or family in the backcountry UMA Guides are here to help make the most of your trip. Up to 4 guests with 1 guide and most course curriculum can be taught on a private basis as well.

Avalanche and Backcountry 101
Photo Credit: Tyson Bradley


If you're transitioning from the resort to the backcountry this winter you should start with the Backcountry Touring Clinic or UMA's Avalanche Awareness Skills course. Intermediate courses like the Avalanche Level 1 course require skiers and riders to have had a prerequisite avi awareness course or equivalent and be familiar and confident with: climbing uphill on skins, using their touring gear, performing kick turns on 30-degree slopes, and linking controlled turns in variable conditions & soft ungroomed snow.

Ice Climbing
Photo Credit: Alan Rousseau


Give your legs a break and see what Utah's hidden ice climbing gems have to offer! Ice climbing is a fun, unique way to explore the mountains in the winter, gain 360 views and step outside your comfort zone. UMA Guides can cater a private day to casual, fun climbs that friends and families can enjoy or guide technical climbs for the advanced ice climber. Private Classic Climbs available as well as beginner – advanced ice climbing pre-scheduled courses and classes are available.

Other Rock Classes Available!

Photo Credit: Tyson Bradley


Winter mountaineering in the high Wasatch Peaks is challenging, beautiful and great training for alpine ascents worldwide. The skills and experience gained on these three peaks has led many UMA guests to the Matterhorn, Rainier, Denali and a lifetime of year-round, high mountain adventure.

Check out our local rewarding Wasatch climbs:

Toledo Peak W. Ridge
South Ridge of Superior
Mt. Olympus West Slabs
Pfeifferhorn North Ridge - Overnight

Utah's Premier, Year-Round Guide Service

Based in the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake and Park City since 1993, Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) is the premier full-spectrum, year-round guide service in Utah. Programs include backcountry skiing, split-snowboarding, rock climbing, ice climbing, avalanche instruction, summer and winter mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snowshoeing) and canyoneering skills. UMA’s incredible roster of guides and instructors (including many who are AMGA certified) maximizes the knowledge and experience gained by guests. Led by Julie Faure and Tyson Bradley, UMA (formerly Exum Utah Mountain Adventures) operates under a permit issued by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

The Wasatch Mountains offer world-class skiing and climbing terrain within just 30 minutes of Salt Lake International Airport. Easy access, consistent powder snow and high-quality Ice, Peaks, Granite, Quartzite, and Limestone, make UMA the place for fun, adventure, training, and alpine skills development.

Whether you seek fresh powder or corn tracks; ice axe, crampon, or winter camping skills; crack-climbing, sport, or natural-pro leading techniques; route-finding, beacon rescue and snow-pit skills; film work guidance; team-building; alpine summits; ridge traverses; or wilderness leadership; UMA is the guide service of choice in the Mountain West.

Ski and snowboard tours go out-of-bounds from Alta, Snowbird, and Brighton ski resorts as well as trailheads in Mill Creek, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. UMA’s permit area includes the Mt. Olympus, Twin Peaks, Lone Peak and Deseret Peak Wilderness areas. It features Mt. Superior, the Pfeifferhorn, Cardiff, Silver, Days and Mineral Forks, Stairway to Heaven and Bridal Veil Falls, Gobbler’s Knob, Coalpit, the Y-Couloir, Red and White Pine, Maybird and Hogum Gulches, Porter Fork, Reynolds Peak, Willow Fork, Kessler, the Gate Buttress, Storm Mountain Island, Hellgate, the Sundial, Peak 10,420, Bear Trap, Grizzly Gulch, Broads Fork, Bells Canyon, and Wolverine Cirque.

We look forward to climbing and skiing with you!

Photo credits (homepage): Backcountry skiing: "Preparing to descend Lone Peak" by Andrew Burr; Backcountry Touring: "Skinning in Big Cottonwood" by Tom Bear; Backcountry Snowboarding: "Riding the world’s greatest snow" by Andrew Burr; Ski Mountaineering: "Rappelling into a Wasatch Couloir" by Andrew Burr; Alpine Climbing: "Alpine climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon" by Andrew Burr; Ice Climbing by Andrew Burr; Overnight Trips: "Winter camping in Broad’s Fork" by Tyson Bradley; Alpine Rock: "Traversing the Cottonwood Crest" by Tyson Bradley; Rock Instruction: "Learning to lead on Pentapitch" by Lane Peters; Rock Climbing: "Scaling Summit Wall on Lone Peak" by Wes Holmes.

Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505

Email: uma@utahmountainadventures.com

Utah Mountain Adventures | Patagonia Utah Mountain Adventures | Forest Service Backcountry Skiing Utah, by Tyson Bradley