Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Utah Mountain Adventures

Guiding & Instruction

Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering Skills

Many Wasatch summits and couloirs provide world-class ski and snowboard mountaineering and exciting descents. UMA guides know when the conditions are right, and how to get in and out of steep and technical terrain while minimizing effort and risk. Ascents may require ice axe, crampons and rope, and a few descents include rappels or belayed skiing.

Learn new techniques or advance your skills to the next level, including the use of ice axe and crampons, steep snow and mixed climbing, belaying, rappelling, the placement of rock, ice and snow protection and anchor building. Then hone downhill steep skiing skills in variable snow in preparation for peak or couloir skiing in the Wasatch and beyond.

Difficulty: No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability required

Duration: 6-8 hours

Max Ratio: 4:1

Meeting Time: Generally 8am

Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on objective

Lift Accessed Tour: Price of single ride lift tickets is additional

What We Provide: 

  • Broadly experienced, highly-trained, professional ski and mountaineering guides
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack (if needed)

What You Need: 

  • Ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet and alpine touring, telemark ski or split-snowboard equipment
  • Lunch, water and snacks
  • Review the equipment list

How to Register: 

1 person $450 / person
2 people $300 / person
3 people $250 / person
4 people $225 / person

State & Local Taxes will be added. Gratuity not included.

Ski Mountaineering

UMA Guide Tyson Bradley climbing Toledo Peak

Photo by Eric Shmookler

Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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

Leave the crowds behind, and expand your skiing and snowboarding horizons! Traveling out-ofbounds, using climbing skins and alpine touring (AT) or telemark binding, or a split-board is becoming tremendously popular.

AT skis and splitboards are available for rent from UMA and local shops.

Touring is the perfect sport for those who hike or climb in summer and love to ski or snowboard in winter. Skinning facilitates approach and egress from peaks in winter and spring that would take far longer without. Solitude, cardio-vascular exercise, and adventurous runs are all part of the "off-piste" experience.

The Wasatch Range offers easy lift and trailhead access to deep, light snow in wide-open bowls, protected glades, and steep chutes.

Lift access is available from Alta, Brighton, The Canyons and Snowbird.

Trailhead access is available in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and Millcreek, etc.

A knowledgeable UMA guide will lead you into the finest snow and terrain. Our guides keep abreast of the avalanche, snow and weather conditions to choose the best tours. They take into consideration both your fitness level and downhill ability to select the appropriate routes for you.

UMA guides pace you and teach you how to travel uphill efficiently, working on rest-step and kick-turning techniques and progress only as fast as you feel comfortable. They give you plenty of time to rest, enjoy the view and take photos. UMA guides demonstrate how to transition between the uphill and downhill modes and teach as much about avalanche hazard evaluation, route finding and other skills as you want to learn.

Skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels improve techniques, discover new terrain, and build leadership skills.

For more information on backcountry skiing & snowboarding classes in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, please view our Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding Courses.

We also offer private Guided Backcountry Touring & Instruction in the Wasatch Range in and around the Salt Lake area.