The Great White Whale

Beaver, Utah

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The Great White Whale is a short mountain squatting between Mount Holly and Delano Peak. On official maps, it’s labeled as Point 11526, but locals have dubbed it the Great White Whale, perhaps due to its broad, rounded shape. Getting there is a short tour from the Snorkeling Elk Yurt, but the approach is much longer from the trailhead at State Route 153 or Eagle Point Resort. Winter and spring are the best times to ski or snowboard here as the mountain is often covered in either powder or corn, respectively, but the Tushars’ high winds can wipe the snow away, leaving rocky ground behind. As for descents to ski or snowboard, you can choose from the moderate west ridge or steeper shots on the north face.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

The Great White Whale is a short mountain squatting between Mount Holly and Delano Peak. On official maps, it’s labeled as Point 11526, but locals have dubbed it the Great White Whale, perhaps due to its broad, rounded shape. Getting there is a short tour from the Snorkeling Elk Yurt, but the approach is much longer from the trailhead at State Route 153 or Eagle Point Resort. Winter and spring are the best times to ski or snowboard here as the mountain is often covered in either powder or corn, respectively, but the Tushars’ high winds can wipe the snow away, leaving rocky ground behind. As for descents to ski or snowboard, you can choose from the
moderate west ridge or steeper shots on the north face.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Beaver
Distance: 3.5-9 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,886 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 8,640 feet
Top Elevation: 11,526 feet
Local Maps: USGS Shelly Baldy Peak, Delano Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to The Great White Whale

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