Mount Superior and Cardiff Fork

Salt Lake City, Utah

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The iconic southeast face of Superior was deservedly named one of the 50 Classic Ski Descents in North America. Cardiff Fork, on its north side, is home to some of the premier snow and backcountry ski terrain in the world. Cardiff Fork (Mill D South on older maps) is characterized by a relatively strong snowpack; long, wide-open shots; and quick access from Alta. It sees abundant skier traffic. At 9,000 feet, routes divide to Flagstaff Ridge and Days Fork (north, up a prominent blunt prow). Go northwest along the telephone-pole line to Cardiff Pass. Nearly all the terrain here is denuded from a combination of avalanches and mining-era logging. Yet during periods of higher avalanche hazard, these mostly solar aspects off er relatively safe skiing. From Cardiff Pass, incredible ski terrain beckons for intermediate through expert skiers.
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Backcountry Skiing Utah

by Tyson Bradley (Falcon Guides)

The iconic southeast face of Superior was deservedly named one of the 50 Classic Ski Descents in North America. Cardiff Fork, on its north side, is home to some of the premier snow and backcountry ski terrain in the world. Cardiff Fork (Mill D South on older maps) is characterized by a relatively strong snowpack; long, wide-open shots; and quick access from Alta. It sees abundant skier traffic.

At 9,000 feet, routes divide to Flagstaff Ridge and Days Fork (north, up a prominent blunt prow). Go northwest along the
telephone-pole line to Cardiff Pass. Nearly all the terrain here is denuded from a combination of avalanches and mining-era logging. Yet during periods of higher avalanche hazard, these mostly solar aspects off er relatively safe skiing. From Cardiff Pass, incredible ski terrain beckons for intermediate through expert skiers.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 1-6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,932 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 11,132 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, (801) 943-1794 Utah Avalanche Center, (888) 999-4019, ext. 1; Dawn Patrol, ext. 8 Utah Mountain Adventures (ski guiding and avalanche education), (801) 550-3986 Wasatch Powderbird Guides, (801) 742-2800
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Dromedary; Alpentech Wasatch Touring Map 1; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Superior and Cardiff Fork

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