Bonkers

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Bonkers, a massive ski line in upper Broads Fork, absolutely belongs on the list of classic descents in the Wasatch. A steep 4000-foot climb in four miles gets you to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with a nearly 2000-foot descent on a wide-open, northeast -facing ramp. The run is so long you can feasibly make a hundred turns from top to bottom. Just try to ski this thigh-burner without stopping. The saddle atop Bonkers also allows easy access into the expert-only Stairs Gulch, an enormous, glacier-carved gully that drops 5000 feet to the highway below. Both runs are pretty much snow-covered rock slabs, making for unusual avalanche danger (think glide cracks). Ski here only when the snowpack is highly stable.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Bonkers, a massive ski line in upper Broads Fork, absolutely belongs on the list of classic descents in the Wasatch. A steep 4000-foot climb in four miles gets you to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with a nearly 2000-foot descent on a wide-open, northeast -facing ramp. The run is so long you can feasibly make a hundred turns from top to bottom. Just try to ski this thigh-burner without stopping. The saddle atop Bonkers also allows easy access into the expert-only Stairs Gulch, an enormous, glacier-carved gully that drops 5000 feet to the highway below. Both runs are pretty much snow-covered rock slabs, making for unusual avalanche danger (think glide
cracks). Ski here only when the snowpack is highly stable.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 10,200 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire, Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Bonkers

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