Mount Superior

Alta, Utah

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Mount Superior is the monarch of the Central Wasatch. Like a doting mother, she stands watch over Alta, providing a dramatic backdrop for resort photos and an irresistible lure for backcountry skiers attracted to her aesthetic south face that spills like a queen’s robe 3000 feet from summit to road. A relatively short approach and a knife-edge ridge to the top makes for an excellent adventure in itself and is a good way to access Cardiac Bowl from her north side via the north chutes. But that steep, cliff-strewn south face is a test piece that demands respect and should only be skied on a stable snowpack.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Superior is the monarch of the Central Wasatch. Like a doting mother, she stands watch over Alta, providing a dramatic backdrop for resort photos and an irresistible lure for backcountry skiers attracted to her aesthetic south face that spills like a queen’s robe 3000 feet from summit to road. A relatively short approach and a knife-edge ridge to the top makes for an excellent adventure in itself and is a good way to access Cardiac Bowl from her north side via the north chutes. But that steep, cliff-strewn south face is a test piece that demands respect and should only be skied on a stable snowpack.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Alta
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Winter/Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 8,650 feet
Top Elevation: 11,050 feet
Local Maps: USGS Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Superior

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