Scheduled Course -Advanced Backcountry Camp

Advanced Backcountry Camp

This 3-day, field-based seminar will enable participants to advance their route-finding, on-the-go snowpack stability assessment and knowledge of Wasatch backcountry terrain in the company of a mentor. Whether you're from out of town, new to the area or a seasoned local tourer, these 3-days will focus on descents that are new for the group; guides will do their best to accommodate desires and objectives within reason, given the current snowpack and weather.

Participants should be experienced backcountry skiers or split-boarders, comfortable skiing advanced terrain in un-groomed snow and willing to climb 3,000 feet+ per day.


Spend three consecutive days learning and honing moderate to steep up and downhill skills, while exploring the finest terrain the Wasatch Range has to offer.


  • Push your endurance and vertical over 3 consecutive days of touring
  • Explore new terrain/lines/descents
  • Formulate tour plans with guides and other participants prior to each day, according to local advisory and field observations
  • Perform daily avalanche, weather and snowpack observations
  • Build on your on-sight route finding skills
  • Gain new tips for efficiency and safety
  • Increase your downhill backcountry skiing & riding skills
  • Connect with similar level touring partners
  • Identify and acknowledge your personal risk tolerance and understand how to navigate a group risk tolerance


Typical tour plans include Cardiff or Silver Fork Bi-Canyon tour from Alta to Big Cottonwood Canyon; White Pine/Red Pine/Maybird Gulch area; and Big Cottonwood to Mill Creek through tour. Depending on current conditions, goals and experience of participants, guides may explore the Lone Peak, Twin Peaks and Mt. Olympus Wilderness areas, including Pfeifferhorn, Mill B. South, Broads Fork, Gobblers Knob and Raymond Peak terrain.


  • Recommended that you have an level 1 avi certification
  • Comfortable skinning / hiking 3000' vertical at a steady pace in a day
  • 20+days or and/or 3+ years of touring experience
  • Comfortable, confident & in control making linked turns in all types of terrain, snow conditions (tight trees,, steep, variable snow, powder, hardpack, narrow exit trails)
  • Can vary the size of turns (able to do tight turns or wide turns)

How to Register:

Advanced Backcountry Camp

Advanced Backcountry Camp

Photo by Tyson Bradley

Advanced Backcountry Campc

Advanced Backcountry Camp

Photo by Tyson Bradley

Course Details

2024 Dates

Feb 8 - 10, 2024
Thu (8am-4pm), Fri (8am-4pm) & Sat (8am-4pm)


3 days, 8am-4pm each day


$649 per person plus tax

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the Sampler if fewer than 2 participants register.


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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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