Kessler Peak

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Kessler Peak is one of the most visible mountains in the Wasatch, with tasty backcountry ski runs that can be spied right from the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Gods Lawnmower and the massive Argenta Slide Path, a 3000-foot vertical descent that’s a siren song for endurance-fueled backcountry skiers and snowboarders, are testament to the massive destruction an avalanche can cause. The mountain is also home to steep and technical tours like the East and West couloirs and can be linked with other popular runs in Cardiff Fork. The area is a favorite with dawn patrollers, and, as a result, there always seems to be a skin track in place. Of course, the slide paths and chutes are always avalanche prone, so Kessler Peak should only be skied when the snowpack is stable. Practice safe avalanche techniques and cross one at a time. Also, constantly assess avalanche danger with hand shear, pole, and shovel tests.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Kessler Peak is one of the most visible mountains in the Wasatch, with tasty backcountry ski runs that can be spied right from the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Gods Lawnmower and the massive Argenta Slide Path, a 3000-foot vertical descent that’s a siren song for endurance-fueled backcountry skiers and snowboarders, are testament to the massive destruction an avalanche can cause. The mountain is also home to steep and technical tours like the East and West couloirs and can be linked with other popular runs in Cardiff Fork. The area is a favorite with dawn patrollers, and, as a result, there always seems to be a skin track in place. Of course, the slide paths and chutes are always avalanche prone, so Kessler Peak should only be
skied when the snowpack is stable. Practice safe avalanche techniques and cross one at a time. Also, constantly assess avalanche danger with hand shear, pole, and shovel tests.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 3,403 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,403 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire, Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Kessler Peak

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Apr 2018