Frary Peak

Syracuse, Utah

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Antelope Island, a mountainous landmass in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, isn’t a place one would think to go ski touring. Low elevation and a ban on off-trail travel deter many would-be skiers. But if lake-effect snow dumps powder in the valleys that measures in feet instead of inches, then it’s a good opportunity to ski tour the island’s highest mountain, Frary Peak. Antelope Island is a state park, and the peak is located on the protected animal-sanctuary side of the island, where encounters with bison and antelope are common. As a result, park rangers are very strict about how you travel in the backcountry. You’ll avoid a citation if you stay on the trail and do not ski off the marked path. And if you follow the rules, you’ll be treated to an otherworldly tour high above the lake with 360-degree views that are uniquely Utah.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Antelope Island, a mountainous landmass in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, isn’t a place one would think to go ski touring. Low elevation and a ban on off-trail travel deter many would-be skiers. But if lake-effect snow dumps powder in the valleys that measures in feet instead of inches, then it’s a good opportunity to ski tour the island’s highest mountain, Frary Peak. Antelope Island is a state park, and the peak is located on the protected animal-sanctuary side of the island, where encounters with bison and antelope are common. As a result, park rangers are very strict about how you travel in the backcountry. You’ll avoid a citation if you stay on the trail and do not ski off the marked path. And if you follow the rules, you’ll be treated to an otherworldly tour high above the lake with 360-degree views that are uniquely Utah.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Syracuse
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,346 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 4,250 feet
Top Elevation: 6,596 feet
Local Contacts: Antelope Island State Park
Local Maps: USGS Antelope Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Frary Peak

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