Best Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Utah

This list represents the most popular backcountry skiing & snowboarding in Utah. Use this list to plan your next Utah backcountry skiing & snowboarding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Ben Lomond and Willard Peak


These are major Wasatch summits, with often incredible skiing and amazing views. The avalanche danger is potentially high but can be mitigated, especially by enjoying the lower terrain southeast o…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Ogden, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing - 3.5-4 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Bountiful Peak via Farmington Canyon


A dizzying mountain road is used to access friendly ski terrain north of Bountiful Peak and its north ridge. As of this writing, a winter closure has made access very long unless a snowmobile is used…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Ogden, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2 or more miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Brighton Periphery


The Brighton backcountry offers fine ski touring from Hidden Canyon on the north, to Snake Creek on the south, to Brighton Lakes on the west. Most tours involve the use of lifts to gain access, an…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Salt Lake City, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 0.5 mile BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Lone Peak Area


Lone Peak’s moderate south face is perhaps the classic corn descent in the Wasatch, and the east face is one of the steepest shots in the state. The Crows Feet run, highly visible from Salt Lake City,…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Alpine, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.5 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Powder Mountain


This is a touring-friendly ski resort with frequently excellent snow and coverage. When backcountry skiing is open, the main slopes have been avalanche-controlled by ski patrol. Skinless tours via ski…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Ogden, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 1-1.25 miles BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Willow Fork, USA Bowl, and the Monitors


You’ll find quick and safe access to the Park City/Big Cottonwood ridgeline here, and a relatively safe area to ski—even when avalanche hazard is considerable. Signatures in USA Bowl are the envy of s…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Brighton, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Snowshoeing - 2 miles
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#7. Mill B South Fork


Mill B South Fork is an enigma in the immensely popular Central Wasatch: It never gets tracked out! Three distinct branches, or cirques, compose the wide head of this massive drainage. The terrain is…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Salt Lake City, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2-2.5 miles
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#8. La Sal Pass Area


La Sal Pass is the gateway to three major ski-mountaineering peaks, including Tukuhnikivatz, with its truly epic southwest chutes; Mount Peale, the highest La Sal summit; and South Mountain—oddly enou…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Moab, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4-6 miles
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#9. Mount Timpanogos North


The mammoth west face of “Timp” stretches 5 miles wide and falls more than 5,000 feet to the Happy Valley and Provo Lake. Few ski peaks in the Lower 48—and none in Utah—exceed the 11,750-foot “Sleepin…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Provo, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2.5 miles
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#10. Snowbird Periphery


Although frequently kept closed by ski patrol due to avalanche risk, this high-alpine ski terrain lends itself to powder skiing in the mid and upper White Pine Gulch, Miller Hill, and Scottie’s ar…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Sandy, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 1-7 miles
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#11. Cherry Canyon and Cherry Peak


A spectacular ridge climb with incomparable views of Cache Valley and great skiing off “Cougar Mountain.” A rugged but efficient route exists to Cherry Peak with a descent via High Creek. Good hal…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Logan, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2-6 miles
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#12. Deseret Peak


The crowning glory of Tooele Valley and the highest peak in the Stansbury Mountains is a surprisingly friendly ski peak. Well-protected glades offer fine powder skiing below, while classic couloirs be…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Grantsville, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 6-10 miles
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#13. Dry Canyon and Logan Peak


Enjoy quick access from Logan to an efficiently rising trail that takes you to either spectacular open shots off Logan Peak or protected tree and slide paths lower in the canyon.…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Logan, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 6 miles
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#14. Sharp Mountain


This is the closest tour to Ophir, and one with a tremendous view of the Tooele Valley and the Oquirrh and Stansbury Mountains. It makes a reasonable partial-day tour with terrain for all abilities…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Tooele, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 1-3 miles
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#15. South Fork, Provo River


This beautiful, rugged area has difficult access but rewarding bowls and headwalls that see little ski-touring traffic. Heli-skiing can occur from mid-December through March, especially in seasons whe…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Provo, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.5-4 miles
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#16. Beartrap Fork


Enjoy short, relatively safe tours in powdery glades and corn meadows, returning down the same canyon or dropping west into Mill D North’s eastern branches. Upper Beartrap is a good spot for early-sea…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Brighton, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2 miles
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#17. Box Elder Peak Area


An incredible ski peak standing quite alone between Little Cottonwood and American Fork Canyons. Cross-country skiing is possible near Tibble Fork Reservoir. Dry Creek is the most popular trailhead f…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Alpine, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.5-6 miles
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#18. Old Blue Mountain Ski Resort


Before the ski resort closed down due to lack of business, this was the primary access to the range. The road is no longer maintained, but it still offers the shortest route to Abajo Peak—and the shor…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Monticello, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2.5 miles
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#19. Castle Peak Area


Following a one-hour drive from Salt Lake and a low-angle approach up a wide road with spectacular views of the Wasatch, you’ll find a well-appointed yurt and several skiable peaks. This is recommende…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Kamas, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 6 miles
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#20. Days Fork


This is avalanche-prone but very accessible powder-skiing terrain that’s heavily utilized by tourers and heli-skiers alike.…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Utah"
Salt Lake City, UT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 0.5-5 miles
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