Alta Periphery and Grizzly Gulch

Alta, Utah

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This area offers easy access to a wide variety of terrain and it’s always open from Grizzly Gulch Trailhead or Supreme or Sunnyside Lift in Albion Basin (so long as either lift is running). Partial-day tours are feasible, as are one-way through-tours to Tibble Fork, Brighton, and Grizzly Gulch. The Dry Fork and Catherine areas are conducive to beginner tours, with low slope angles and short return climbs. Wolverine Cirque and Mount Tuscarora appeal to steep couloir skiers. Be aware that snowmobiles frequent the Dry Fork area, especially on sunny weekend days.
Backcountry Skiing Utah

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Backcountry Skiing Utah

by Tyson Bradley (Falcon Guides)

This area offers easy access to a wide variety of terrain and it’s always open from Grizzly Gulch Trailhead or Supreme or Sunnyside Lift in Albion Basin (so long as either lift is running). Partial-day tours are feasible, as are one-way through-tours to Tibble Fork, Brighton, and Grizzly Gulch.

The Dry Fork and Catherine areas are conducive to beginner tours, with low slope angles and short return climbs. Wolverine Cirque and Mount Tuscarora appeal to steep couloir skiers. Be aware that snowmobiles frequent the Dry Fork area, especially on sunny weekend days.

© 2015 Tyson Bradley/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Alta
Distance: 0.5-8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,995 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 8,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,795 feet
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
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 Brighton; Alpentech Wasatch Touring Maps 1 and 2; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Alta Periphery and Grizzly Gulch

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