Ben Lomond Peak and Cutler Ridge

North Ogden, Utah

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If you want to bag a winter summit in the Northern Wasatch, then Ben Lomond Peak is the one to climb. While it’s not the highest summit around, it is the most prominent and therefore the bigger destination. This obelisk-shaped mountain lords over the city of Ogden, but the small town of Liberty on the peak’s east side is the place where backcountry skiers begin a tour via a 3000-foot, avalanche-safe ramp called Cutler Ridge. Tons of quality untracked ski terrain can be had from this long shoulder that rises from the valley floor all the way to the Wasatch Divide, so it’s among the most popular touring spots for Ogden-area locals. The ridge also provides central access for tours around Cutler Canyon and Willard Peak, where long fall lines in amazing high-alpine terrain equal unparalleled skiing and snowboarding. But avalanche danger can be notoriously high anywhere but atop Cutler, so touring on the ridge’s low-angle slopes is best when the avy report is in the red.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

If you want to bag a winter summit in the Northern Wasatch, then Ben Lomond Peak is the one to climb. While it’s not the highest summit around, it is the most prominent and therefore the bigger destination. This obelisk-shaped mountain lords over the city of Ogden, but the small town of Liberty on the peak’s east side is the place where backcountry skiers begin a tour via a 3000-foot, avalanche-safe ramp called Cutler Ridge. Tons of quality untracked ski terrain can be had from this long shoulder that rises from the valley floor all the way to the Wasatch Divide, so it’s among the most popular touring spots for Ogden-area locals. The ridge also provides
central access for tours around Cutler Canyon and Willard Peak, where long fall lines in amazing high-alpine terrain equal unparalleled skiing and snowboarding. But avalanche danger can be notoriously high anywhere but atop Cutler, so touring on the ridge’s low-angle slopes is best when the avy report is in the red.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: North Ogden
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 4,112 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 5,600 feet
Top Elevation: 9,712 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mantua, North Ogden
Driving Directions: Directions to Ben Lomond Peak and Cutler Ridge

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