Grizzly Gulch and Patsey Marley

Alta, Utah

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Grizzly Gulch is a legend of Alta backcountry skiing. It is the site of the iconic Chads Gap, where pro skiers earn fame and ski movie segments by jumping the 130-foot span between two piles of mine tailings. Grizzly is also a highly developed touring area, with homes at the bottom, powerlines above, and a snowcat track running the length of the gulch, where Nordic skiers get a workout. Despite all this, Grizzly Gulch accesses a vast backcountry area from Twin Lakes Pass between Alta and Brighton, with Patsey Marley at its head. There is a proposal to put a chairlift up Grizzly Gulch to connect Alta to Solitude. If this comes to pass, it will drastically change backcountry skiing in the area.
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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Grizzly Gulch is a legend of Alta backcountry skiing. It is the site of the iconic Chads Gap, where pro skiers earn fame and ski movie segments by jumping the 130-foot span between two piles of mine tailings. Grizzly is also a highly developed touring area, with homes at the bottom, powerlines above, and a snowcat track running the length of the gulch, where Nordic skiers get a workout. Despite all this, Grizzly Gulch accesses a vast backcountry area from Twin Lakes Pass between Alta and Brighton, with Patsey Marley at its head. There is a proposal to put a chairlift up Grizzly Gulch to connect Alta to Solitude. If this comes to pass, it will drastically change backcountry skiing in the area.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Alta
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,755 feet
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 8,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,555 feet
Local Maps: USGS Dromedary Peak, Brighton; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Grizzly Gulch and Patsey Marley

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