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.
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