Catherine Pass Area

Alta, Utah

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The Catherine Pass area, just outside the Alta ski area boundary, is one of the first places of the season you can tour in Utah, thanks to predictable early-season snowfall in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Autumn is also the best time to visit for first tracks before the Supreme chairlift at Alta starts running, because once it does, the whole place becomes tracked-out sidecountry terrain with easy return runs back to the resort. Even so, it’s a popular route between Alta and Brighton and has touring options from easy glades to steep chutes. Much of the “backcountry” terrain here is best accessed using Alta’s Supreme chairlift when ski patrol opens the gate.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

The Catherine Pass area, just outside the Alta ski area boundary, is one of the first places of the season you can tour in Utah, thanks to predictable early-season snowfall in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Autumn is also the best time to visit for first tracks before the Supreme chairlift at Alta starts running, because once it does, the whole place becomes tracked-out sidecountry terrain with easy return runs back to the resort. Even so, it’s a popular route between Alta and Brighton and has touring options from easy glades to steep chutes. Much of the “backcountry” terrain here is best accessed using Alta’s Supreme chairlift when ski patrol opens the gate.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Alta
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 1,995 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Fall/ Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 8,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,795 feet
Local Maps: USGS Brighton; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1 and 2
Driving Directions: Directions to Catherine Pass Area

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