Thomas Fork

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Thomas Fork, an offshoot drainage of Neffs Canyon, is a steep, wooded, long tour that pays big with expansive views on top. With an elevation gain of 4200 feet over 3.5 miles, Thomas Fork is no small undertaking, despite its proximity to Salt Lake’s suburbs. The tour arguably has better skiing and snowboarding options than Neffs Canyon, such as moderate tree skiing through the rolling drainage bottom and steep chutes on Hobbs Peak. Plus, the head of Thomas Fork is home to the elusive Whipple Couloir entrance. As you ski down the bottom of Neffs Canyon, be very careful on the narrow trail, as it is brushy and challenging to scrub your speed. Also, the canyon is popular with hikers, even in winter, so stay in control on the way down.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Thomas Fork, an offshoot drainage of Neffs Canyon, is a steep, wooded, long tour that pays big with expansive views on top. With an elevation gain of 4200 feet over 3.5 miles, Thomas Fork is no small undertaking, despite its proximity to Salt Lake’s suburbs. The tour arguably has better skiing and snowboarding options than Neffs Canyon, such as moderate tree skiing through the rolling drainage bottom and steep chutes on Hobbs Peak. Plus, the head of Thomas Fork is home to the elusive Whipple Couloir entrance. As you ski down the bottom of Neffs Canyon, be very careful on the narrow trail, as it is brushy and challenging to scrub your speed. Also, the canyon is popular with hikers, even in winter, so stay in control on the way down.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 4,163 feet
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 5,610 feet
Top Elevation: 9,773 feet
Additional Use: Hiking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Sugar House, Mount Aire; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring I
Driving Directions: Directions to Thomas Fork

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Apr 2018