South Mountain

Moab, Utah

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At 11,817 feet South Mountain is among the smallest peaks in the range, but stands out like a lonely mountain, separate from her sisters to the north, Mount Peale and Tuk. While the bigger mountains get all the love from skiers, due to size and accessibility from Gold Basin, South Mountain is harder to appreciate. The approach is extremely long for day tours, and the summit is a full 1000 feet shorter and barely goes above tree line. But if you’re looking for powder, South Mountain is the place to be. For some reason, this area gets more snowfall than the rest of the La Sal Mountains, and therefore has better powder skiing. Descents include enormous glades and meadows that spill down to La Sal Creek and are prime for meadow-skipping, while the steep northeast basin is a marquee line. The skiing doesn’t get much better than this.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

At 11,817 feet South Mountain is among the smallest peaks in the range, but stands out like a lonely mountain, separate from her sisters to the north, Mount Peale and Tuk. While the bigger mountains get all the love from skiers, due to size and accessibility from Gold Basin, South Mountain is harder to appreciate. The approach is extremely long for day tours, and the summit is a full 1000 feet shorter and barely goes above tree line. But if you’re looking for powder, South Mountain is the place to be. For some reason, this area gets more snowfall than the rest of the La Sal Mountains, and therefore has better powder skiing. Descents include enormous glades and meadows that spill down to La Sal Creek and are prime for meadow-skipping, while the
steep northeast basin is a marquee line. The skiing doesn’t get much better than this.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 4,017 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10 hours
Season: Winter/Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 7,800 feet
Top Elevation: 11,817 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Tukuhnikivatz, Mount Peale
Driving Directions: Directions to South Mountain

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