Salt Lake City Foothills

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Lake-effect snow is a strange and wonderful thing. It usually hammers the Cottonwood Canyons, but sometimes the valleys are blessed with a storm that buries Salt Lake City in snowfall measured in feet, not inches. When that happens, the foothills above the city become crowded with a plethora of skiers and snowboarders who swarm the rolling terrain around the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to make turns in their own backyard. It’s a surreal experience to ski deep powder above the state capitol and downtown skyscrapers, and it’s an opportunity not to be missed. While it’s possible to tour from any access point in the city, the Terrace Hills Drive trailhead in the Avenues neighborhood is among the highest and provides quick access to thousands of acres of terrain. The following describes one such tour, but the route possibilities are too numerous to include in this book. So just skin up and ski down wherever you like!
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Lake-effect snow is a strange and wonderful thing. It usually hammers the Cottonwood Canyons, but sometimes the valleys are blessed with a storm that buries Salt Lake City in snowfall measured in feet, not inches. When that happens, the foothills above the city become crowded with a plethora of skiers and snowboarders who swarm the rolling terrain around the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to make turns in their own backyard. It’s a surreal experience to ski deep powder above the state capitol and downtown skyscrapers, and it’s an opportunity not to be missed. While it’s possible to tour from any access point in the city, the Terrace Hills Drive trailhead in the Avenues neighborhood is among the highest and provides quick access to
thousands of acres of terrain. The following describes one such tour, but the route
possibilities are too numerous to include in this book. So just skin up and ski down
wherever you like!

© 2015 Jared Hargrave/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 991 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 6,291 feet
Local Contacts: Check the Utah Avalanche Center’s Salt Lake advisory and the National Weather Service website for current conditions.
Local Maps: USGS Salt Lake City North, Fort Douglas
Driving Directions: Directions to Salt Lake City Foothills

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