Mount Aire

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Mount Aire, the most prominent peak in Parleys Canyon, is a moderate tour with a straightforward approach and numerous options for a fun descent. The climb up is long but generally mellow, though you won’t find peaceful nature with the constant drone of cars and semitrucks on the interstate below. Despite Mount Aire being among the more urban tours in Utah, the mountain is worth climbing for excellent views of Parleys and Mill Creek canyons. Of course, you’re there to ski or snowboard, and the east face has got the goods. But be prepared for some serious bushwhacking. You won’t see it under the snow, but there is usually a skin track in place, and it’s the only opening into the thick grove of scrub oak. Keep following the trail as best as you can, because if you get off course, you’ll end up bushwhacking through a tangle of jacket-tearing branches.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Aire, the most prominent peak in Parleys Canyon, is a moderate tour with a straightforward approach and numerous options for a fun descent. The climb up is long but generally mellow, though you won’t find peaceful nature with the constant drone of cars and semitrucks on the interstate below. Despite Mount Aire being among the more urban tours in Utah, the mountain is worth climbing for excellent views of Parleys and Mill Creek canyons. Of course, you’re there to ski or snowboard, and the east face has got the goods. But be prepared for some serious
bushwhacking. You won’t see it under the snow, but there is usually a skin track in place, and it’s the only opening into the thick grove of scrub oak. Keep following the trail as best as you can, because if you get off course, you’ll end up bushwhacking through a tangle of jacket-tearing branches.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 2,421 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 8,621 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Aire

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