Utah Mountain Adventures - Backcountry Guides and Climbing School


Hire a Private Guide


Friendly, professional UMA guides will share their knowledge and skills while leading you to bowls, glades, chutes and peaks covered in Utah's famous soft snow.

Quick access to spectacular terrain from beginner to expert level make the Wasatch Mountains ideal for learning and practicing the art of backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Customize your private guiding to:

Introduction to the Backcountry
Avalanche Awareness
Ice Climbing
& More!

Tuesdays on Ice


Take advantage of quieter weekdays and climb on Utah's beautiful frozen waterfalls with friendly, professional UMA guides.

Tuesdays On Ice is meant to be a casual, reliable, professional space where one can advance their ice climbing techniques and technical skills under the watchful eye of an expert.

Other Ice Climbing options include:

Introduction to Ice Climbing
Vertical Ice Climbing
Mixed Ice
Multi Day Ice Camp
& More!

Wasatch Mavens & Womens Wednesdays


Wednesdays are for the Moms!

Sneak out of the house and into the backcountry on Wednesdays with fellow women from 9:30am - 2:30pm, so that you have time to do life that day too!

Women's Wednesdays
Wasatch Mavens - Women's Backcountry Series
Split-Snowboard Clinic
Wasatch Backcountry Sampler
& More!

Youth Ski Mountaineering


This is a fun, challenging 3-day, field-based seminar designed to introduce young athletes to backcountry ski and snowboard mountaineering.

Open to ages 13-19, this training on Presidents Day Weekend is oriented toward technical ski objectives.

Participants may climb and ride incredible peaks and couloirs in the Wasatch Mountains, such as Wolverine Cirque, Toledo Peak and Mt. Superior, depending on weather, snow conditions, etc.

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