Flagstaff Mountain and Upper Days Fork

Alta, Utah

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Upper Days Fork is the place to see and be seen on a powder day when the snowpack is stable and the sky is blue. The upper cirque of Days Fork is part of the Valhalla that is the Alta backcountry, so it tends to get crowded and tracked out, but it provides some of the best bang for the buck when farming turns. You’ll find yourself part of a backcountry scene that includes Alta and Snowbird employees, casual backcountry fiends, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides helicopter flying above, and maybe even a film crew shooting pro skiers for next year’s ski movies. Short chutes, wide-open bowls, and tree-covered aspects that provide plenty of descent choices are on the menu in Upper Days. In fact, when standing below the upper cirque, you can scan from east to west and discover dozens of skiable lines in a row stretching from Emma Ridge to Reed and Benson Ridge. But the most popular lines are the ones that fall from Flagstaff Mountain. These shots are the first to be poached in Days Fork, and the lines are steep and tasty.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Upper Days Fork is the place to see and be seen on a powder day when the snowpack is stable and the sky is blue. The upper cirque of Days Fork is part of the Valhalla that is the Alta backcountry, so it tends to get crowded and tracked out, but it provides some of the best bang for the buck when farming turns. You’ll find yourself part of a backcountry scene that includes Alta and Snowbird employees, casual backcountry fiends, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides helicopter flying above, and maybe even a film crew shooting pro skiers for next year’s ski movies. Short chutes, wide-open bowls, and tree-covered aspects that provide plenty of descent choices are on the menu in Upper Days. In fact, when standing below the upper cirque, you can scan from east to west and discover dozens of skiable lines in a row stretching from Emma Ridge to Reed and Benson Ridge. But the most popular lines are the ones that fall from Flagstaff Mountain. These shots are the first to be poached in Days Fork, and the lines are steep and tasty.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Alta
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 1,880 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 8,650 feet
Top Elevation: 10,530 feet
Local Maps: USGS Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Flagstaff Mountain and Upper Days Fork

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