The Pfeifferhorn

Sandy, Utah

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The Pfeifferhorn is perhaps the most iconic peak in the Central Wasatch. It used to be called the Little Matterhorn due to its similar appearance to the Matterhorn in the Alps. But everyone has been calling this aesthetic peak the Pfeifferhorn, named after Charles Pfeiffer, who headed the Wasatch Mountain Club in the 1930s. In 2013 the US Board on Geographic Names officially changed the name to the Pfeifferhorn. As for skiing? This mountain is a beast and one of the most sought-after ski-mountaineering experiences in Utah. A long approach from the White Pine trailhead, steep climbing below the summit, and expert-only descents, including the rappel with-your-skis-on Northwest Couloir, await. Crampons and an ice ax are essential gear, as well as a harness, two to three full-length slings, carabiners, and a rope.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

The Pfeifferhorn is perhaps the most iconic peak in the Central Wasatch. It used to be called the Little Matterhorn due to its similar appearance to the Matterhorn in the Alps. But everyone has been calling this aesthetic peak the Pfeifferhorn, named after Charles Pfeiffer, who headed the Wasatch Mountain Club in the 1930s. In 2013 the US Board on Geographic Names officially changed the name to the Pfeifferhorn. As for skiing? This mountain is a beast and one of the most sought-after ski-mountaineering experiences in Utah. A long approach from the White Pine trailhead, steep climbing below the summit, and expert-only descents, including the rappel with-your-skis-on Northwest Couloir, await. Crampons and an ice ax are essential gear, as well as a
harness, two to three full-length slings, carabiners, and a rope.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Sandy
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 3,626 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 hours
Season: Winter/Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 7,700 feet
Top Elevation: 11,326 feet
Local Maps: USGS Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 2
Driving Directions: Directions to The Pfeifferhorn

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