The Three Temptations

Provo, Utah

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Looking for a backcountry ski zone blessedly devoid of Central Wasatch traffic? The Three Temptations in American Fork Canyon is a safe bet. The “three” refers to triple snowfields that become ravines between four ridges that spill down from the Little Cottonwood Divide for nearly 3500 vertical feet to the bottom of Deer Creek Canyon. The terrain features a huge, tasty-looking face above those tempting spines, where you can find dozens of skiable lines, but watch out for dangerous terrain traps in between. The only problem is timing. The south-facing Three Temptations is often sun crusted, so plan your trip right after it snows. Also, be prepared for a long approach from the trailhead.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Looking for a backcountry ski zone blessedly devoid of Central Wasatch traffic? The Three Temptations in American Fork Canyon is a safe bet. The “three” refers to triple snowfields that become ravines between four ridges that spill down from the Little Cottonwood Divide for nearly 3500 vertical feet to the bottom of Deer Creek Canyon. The terrain features a huge, tasty-looking face above those tempting spines, where you can find dozens of skiable lines, but watch out for dangerous terrain traps in between. The only problem is timing. The south-facing Three Temptations is often sun crusted, so plan your trip right after it snows. Also, be prepared for a long approach from the trailhead.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Provo
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 4,638 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 11,038 feet
Additional Use: Camping
Local Maps: USGS Timpanogos Cave, Dromedary Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to The Three Temptations

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