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Escape the lift lines and discover the majesty of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains from the backcountry. Explore the stunning Wasatch range on skis during a privately guided trip with Wasatch Mountain Guides ... guided skiing for all levels, in the backcountry, and in and out of bounds

Conveniently located just outside of Salt Lake City and known for world class snow and great amenities, Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are a great destination for skiers of ALL LEVELS! The backcountry of the Wasatch offers endless terrain filled with fresh powder and pristine wilderness ... the perfect setting for YOUR next outdoor adventure. 

At WMG, we can’t WAIT for winter ... we just love to ski. That’s why we run ski-touring days as well as longer ski trips all season long to immerse YOU in truly out-of-this-world backcountry skiing. The renowned Cottonwood Canyons are our very own backyard, and these canyons are famous for the “Greatest Snow on Earth”.

We offer privately guided trips through the backcountry for skiers of TRULY all levels and interests. As local residents, we know all the ins and outs of a huge area, like the back of our hands. Whether you prefer gentle tree runs or steep couloirs, there is ideal terrain for everyone. We even have the option for guided “slackcountry skiing,” which means taking a lift up and skiing out-of-bounds on the way down.

We customize your adventure based on your exact interests, fitness level, and snow conditions, and offer from half-day trips all the way up to multi-day trips. We are very happy to guide BEGINNERS or those who are new to backcountry skiing. We will make sure you have the training you need, including how to prepare for the backcountry, the necessary gear, uphill and downhill techniques, and avalanche awareness and safety. Tours range from lower angle intro skiing, to high summits, couloirs, and high mountain traverses (and just about everything in-between!).

Whether this is your first time in the Wasatch Range, or you’re a veteran of the area, rest assured that plenty of secrets await!

So WELCOME ABOARD! Here at Wasatch Mountain Guides, our expert team have dedicated their lives to the mountains, and chosen the Wasatch Range as their home ... for good reason! We just can't wait to share the breathtakingly beautiful and wild Wasatch mountains with YOU.

Book now for completely customized, privately guided adventure – WMG looks forward to exploring the backcountry of the Wasatch with you!

 

Grow your backcountry touring skills in one of the most stunning parts of the planet! Let WMG introduce you to just some of the places which have made backcountry skiing in Utah world-famous!

Our fully-customized ski trips are breathtaking, inspiring, and leave you with new skills and outstanding know how. WMG offers privately guided trips through the backcountry for skiers of TRULY all levels and interests. As local residents, we know all the ins and outs of a huge area, like the back of our hands. Whether you prefer gentle tree runs or steep couloirs, there is ideal terrain for everyone. We even have the option for guided “slackcountry skiing,” which means taking a lift up and skiing out-of-bounds on the way down. 

Specific tours vary per conditions and clients’ focuses, but we always aim to go to where the best snow can be found. On many of these tours, we begin in Little Cottonwood Canyon, ski down into Big Cottonwood, and eventually work our way back up and over into Little Cottonwood again. You’ll get into some fantastic, challenging terrain – so you can continue to grow your skills in one of the most stunning parts of the planet.

Each day involves approximately 3,000 to 5,000 feet of climbing and skiing over the course of roughly seven hours.

 

Trip Details:

  • Difficulty: Whilst no backcountry experience is strictly necessary, you will enjoy this type of tour with a little touring experience under your belt, knowledge of the equipment being key as well as fitness level; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability and good fitness required
  • Meeting Time: Generally 8am 
  • Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on objective


What We Provide:

  • IFMGA ski and mountaineering guides
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack (if needed)


What You Need:

  • Alpine touring, telemark ski or split-snowboard equipment
  • Review the equipment list
  • Lunch, water and snacks
  • Lift Accessed Tours: cost of "single-ride lift ticket" is additional

 

Cost:

  • Price for 1 person $450
  • Price for 2: $300 each
  • Price for 3: $250 each
  • Price for 4: $225 each

 

Duration and dates:

  • 1 day, December to May
  • These are private guided days so simply contact us to schedule

 

Client/Guide:

4:1 (max)

 

Downloads:

Gear List

 

WMGs more advanced tours focus on covering a wide variety of terrain and aspects with the best snow. These days are for those interested and capable of bigger objectives of a longer duration, with more hazard considerations. Because this type of tour requires solid physical stamina and good skinning technique, clients must be approved beforehand either through someone we know, or prior outing(s) with WMG.

A day will include time for lunch, plus 5,000 to 8,000 feet of climbing and skiing over roughly eight hours.

These fully-customized ski trips are breathtaking, inspiring, and leave you with new skills and outstanding know how. This might your choice for an objective such as the South Face of Superior, Pfifferhorn or any big committing ideas. You'll love these trips if you:

  • Have some off piste experience, but yearn to dig into backcountry powder skiing, with greater confidence in route finding and deep turns during longer steeper descents
  • Have an avvy cert and great skiing ability, but want gain the skills to rappel into something more serious
  • Want to gain the skills to ski tour the Utah backcountry unguided
  • Want to hone in on all the skills you are either missing, or need to fine tune in order to enjoy the winter mountains independently
  • Hope to run your own ski mountaineering expedition
  • Want to plan extended-length trips in winter conditions

Our aim is to get you out in the mountains unguided in the future, by gaining backcountry ski planning, weather skills, avalanche concerns and routes, plan Bs, safety plans, camp locations, group dynamics, and plenty more!

 

Trip Details:

  • Difficulty: Because this tour requires solid physical stamina and good skinning technique, clients must be approved beforehand either through someone we know, or prior outing(s) with WMG
  • Meeting Time: Generally 7am 
  • Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on objective


What We Provide:

  • IFMGA ski and mountaineering guides
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack (if needed)


What You Need:

  • Alpine touring, telemark ski or split-snowboard equipment
  • Review the advanced equipment list
  • Lunch, water and snacks
  • Lift Accessed Tours: cost of "single-ride lift ticket" is additional

 

Cost:

  • Price for 1 person $500
  • Price for 2: $330 each

 

Duration and dates:

  • 1 day, December to May
  • These are private guided days so simply contact us to schedule

 

Client/Guide:

2:1 (max)

 

Downloads:

Gear List

 

Make lap after lap to your heart's content... Some of the best skiing in the Wasatch lies just outside resort boundaries ... join WMG's local experts to find out where!

Lifts provide us with speedy access to high mountain terrain, and allow us to reach the Wasatch’ uppermost elevations, and stack up vertical with considerably less hiking or skinning.

We may make a ‘one-up’ to gain altitude on our way to more remote peaks, or return to the lifts multiple times, combining lifts with short hikes and traverses in order to enjoy untracked powder adjacent to the resorts. 

 

Trip Details:

  • Difficulty: no backcountry experience is necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability and good fitness required
  • Meeting Time: Generally 8am 
  • Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on objective


What We Provide:

  • IFMGA ski and mountaineering guides
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack (if needed)


What You Need:

  • Alpine touring, telemark ski or split-snowboard equipment
  • Review the equipment list
  • Lunch, water and snacks
  • Full day Lift ticket or "single-ride lift ticket" 

 

Cost:

  • Price for 1 person $450
  • Price for 2: $300 each
  • Price for 3: $250 each
  • Price for 4: $225 each
  • Add extra cost for lift tickets

 

Duration and dates:

  • 1 day, December to May
  • These are private guided days so simply contact us to schedule

 

Client/Guide:

4:1 (max)

 

Downloads:

Gear List

 

If you’ve never explored the Wasatch Mountain backcountry before, our introductory classics are the gateway for a new world of adventure!

This introductory tour 1-day includes all the necessary instruction and tips on technique and fine-tuning as needed. The skiing features gentle rolling terrain suitable for people of all abilities, and with any luck, some of Utah’s famous powder. The runs on this exciting day will vary from lower angle tree skiing on low-visibility days, to easy summits. You will get our top pick of panoramic views and fabulous descents – but with the very shortest approach. These ski trips are suitable for those who have never toured before, and depending on conditions, take place in either Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons. 

An average day will include time for lunch, and approximately 1,500 – 2,500 feet of climbing over the course of six hours.

 

Trip Details:

  • Difficulty: No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability and good fitness required
  • Meeting Time: Generally 8am
  • Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on objective


What We Provide:

  • IFMGA ski and mountaineering guides
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack (if needed)


What You Need:

  • Alpine touring, telemark ski or split-snowboard equipment
  • Review the equipment list
  • Lunch, water and snacks
  • Lift Accessed Tours: cost of "single-ride lift ticket" is additional

 

Cost depending on Student to Instructor Ratio:

  •         1:1 $450
  •         2:1 $300 per person
  •         3:1 $250 per person
  •         4:1 $225 per person

 

Duration and dates:

  • 1 day, December to May
  • These are Private Courses so simply contact us to schedule

 

Client/Guide:

4:1 (max)

 

Downloads:

Gear List

 

Learn and practise essential avalanche skills, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient skinning, downhill technique on skis and splitboards....

During two days of ski touring or splitboarding, learn and practise essential avalanche skills, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient skinning, downhill technique on skis and splitboards, while enjoying our legendary Wasatch terrain. Designed for those who'd like to learn the basics of backcountry travel. If you are fit and have good aerobic endurance, you will do well on this two-day trip.

Escape the lift lines and discover the majesty of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains from the backcountry. Explore the stunning Wasatch range on skis during this privately guided course with Wasatch Mountain Guides!

 

You’ll love this course if you:

  • Want to learn to ski tour and get away from the resort crowds
  • Have some off piste experience, but yearn to dig into backcountry powder skiing

 

Course Details:

  • Difficulty: No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability and good fitness required
  • Meeting Time: Generally 8am 
  • Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on objective


What We Provide:

  • IFMGA ski and mountaineering guides
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack (if needed)


What You Need:

  • Alpine touring, telemark ski or split-snowboard equipment
  • Review the equipment list
  • Lunch, water and snacks for 2 days
  • Book a hotel for the duration of the course 

 

Curriculum - THE WMG "ESSENTIALS" COURSE 

  • Getting to know our equipment
  • Objectives for safe travel in avalanche terrain (terrain, terrain, terrain!)
  • Current hazards (weather and avalanche forecast)
  • Group capabilities and limitations
  • Group travel procedures
  • Beacon rescue
  • Maximizing our efficiency on skins
  • Kick turning skills and tricks
  • Safety concerns whilst ascending a line
  • Safety concerns whilst skiing/boarding a line
  • Introduction to snow stability assessment techniques
  • Picking suitable unguided tours 
  • Progression of tours to enable goals to be achieved.

 

Cost depending on Student to Instructor Ratio:

  •         1:1 $825
  •         2:1 $550 per person
  •         3:1 $450 per person
  •         4:1 $400 per person

 

Duration and dates:

  • 2 days, December to May
  • These are Private Courses so simply contact us to schedule

 

Client/Guide:

4:1 (max)

 

Downloads:

Gear List

 

The mountains are a paradise for many of us. That said, the alpine environment isn’t without hazards. Avalanches, in particular, are a deadly and treacherous force we all must reckon within the mountains. If you spend enough time in the backcountry, you will eventually encounter an avalanche. When that occurs, proper avalanche response training is critical to safety.

Don’t Be Unprepared!

Wasatch Mountain Guides is stoked to announce our new Level 1 Hybrid Avalanche Course, which we created working together with the American Avalanche Institute. This comprehensive course offers both online learning and two hands-on field days, led by expert instructors from Wasatch Mountain Guides.  

What's Included:

  •         Self-Paced Online Learning Course
  •         Live Virtual Seminar with Expert WMG Instructors
  •         Two In-Depth Field Days in the Backcountry 

The Online Course:

Once you have paid and registered, you’ll receive access to an expansive online course containing:

  •         Instructional Videos
  •         Extensive Workbook with Note Outlines
  •         In-Depth Online Study Guide
  •         Comprehensive Quizzes

This digital course was developed by the American Avalanche Institute and is framed around the Backcountry Avalanche Checklist. This Checklist is a systemic and proven approach to comprehensive decision-making in the complex backcountry environment.

The course material can be completed at your leisure but must be completed before your field days. The WMG team will be available to respond to questions via email at all times. Participants can go back and review course material even after the completion of the course, for the duration of the 2021 winter season.

As mentioned, we’ll also sign you up for two field days in the backcountry. We’re offering private group custom dates  (we must confirm availability or your selected dates). The evening before your first field day, we’ll meet with you via video conference to answer any questions you have and make sure you’re packed and ready. 

The Field Days:

Our field days will be two consecutive 8-hour days based in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon. We’ll cover an exhaustive set of avalanche preparedness skills, including:

  •         Terrain Assessment 
  •         Safe Travel 
  •         Snowpack and Weather 
  •         Tour Planning 
  •         Field Ops
  •         Stability Test Use and Interpretation
  •         Rescue (beacon search, probing techniques, strategic shoveling, and more)
     

Dates:

These are Private Courses so simply contact us to schedule
 

Cost depending on Student to Instructor Ratio:

  •         1:1 $1025
  •         2:1 $730 per person
  •         3:1 $620 per person
  •         4:1 $540 per person

 

Downloads:

Gear List

Booking

Once you have chosen a trip and date, click on SAVE YOUR SPOT above and drop us a line to confirm availability! We simply require your payment, and for you to complete our Trip Registration Form

 

Payments and Cancellation for Full & Half Day Trips, Clinics, and Courses

Fees for all trips including avalanches courses, mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking, and backcountry skiing are due in full at the time of booking and full payment is required to complete your registration. 

Payments may be made via credit card or check to Wasatch Mountain Guides.

If your group trip is not filled, Wasatch Mountain Guides may give you the option of canceling the trip and receiving a full refund of amounts paid or paying an additional fee to cover the costs of running the group trip.

 

CLIENT CANCELLATIONS

Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC will not refund fees paid if trips are cancelled within 7 days of departure, regardless of reason. Cancellation requests received more than 7 days before the trip start date will be refunded the trip fee less a 15% booking fee. 


CANCELLATION BY WASATCH MOUNTAIN GUIDES

Wasatch Mountain Guides reserves the right to cancel trips due to environmental or other unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to, weather conditions or trail conditions, or permitting or access issues. We will make every effort to reschedule or offer advanced notice of route changes if and when possible. There will be no refunds for trips already in progress and trips will be charged according to the above cancellation policy. For longer trips, peak climbs, and ski mountaineering, unforeseen conditions including weather can affect field conditions and subsequently client safety. We reserve the right to terminate, change, or modify all trips at any time without a refund. Changes to a trip itinerary made by our guides for any reason do not constitute a cancellation, and no refunds will be made in this case.

If your trip is canceled by Wasatch Mountain Guides, amounts paid will be credited toward a future trip with Wasatch Mountain Guides. Wasatch Mountain Guides is not responsible for any expenses incurred in preparing for the trip, including, but not limited to, travel expenses, equipment rentals or purchase, or lodging.

Clients are solely responsible for evacuation costs, if necessary, including additional trailhead shuttles, ambulance, and emergency services. We strongly recommend that you purchase accident and trip insurance to secure your trip.

 

Safety and Participant Responsibility

Participants have responsibilities to themselves, Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC and to each other. They must choose the trip that is appropriate for their interests and skill level. Good physical condition is important on all Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC and is a prerequisite for participation. Proper trip preparation includes, but is not limited to, acquisition of the proper equipment, understanding the trip's itinerary, and familiarity with proper wilderness etiquette.

The activities you engage in during your program may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than other activities that you have participated in and you have a responsibility as a participant to be in optimal physical condition and health. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with knowledge of the potential dangers involved, as well as the knowledge that some dangers are unforeseeable and uncontrollable, and the knowledge that these dangers exist no matter your physical and mental preparedness.

You must follow all instructions given by WMG and your guide without question, even if you do not agree with those instructions. On a trek or expedition, our guides reserve the right to remove any person from a trip for any reason. These reasons include jeopardizing the safety of yourself or another team member or physical inability to climb at the level necessary for the chosen route. If your guide removes you from a program, you will not receive any refund and you will be responsible for any additional costs incurred in leaving the trip.

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Guided Skiing for all levels, in the backcountry, in and out of bounds: a wide diversity of courses, tours and descents, with something exciting and new for literally everyone!

Hybrid Avalanche Course (AAI Level I)

Hybrid Avalanche Course (AAI Level I)

Hybrid Self-Paced Online Learning Course + Backcountry Field Days

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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing Course

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing Course

Ski trips suitable for those who have never toured before

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Hire a Guide: Ski & Split Touring

Hire a Guide: Ski & Split Touring

Intermediates: grow your skills in one of the most stunning parts of the planet

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Lift Accessed Skiing

Lift Accessed Skiing

Make lap after lap to your heart's content...

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Advanced Tours & Ski Mountaineering

Advanced Tours & Ski Mountaineering

These fully-customized ski trips are breathtaking, inspiring, and leave you with new skills and outstanding know how!

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Backcountry Essentials Course

Backcountry Essentials Course

Learn and practise essential avalanche skills, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient skinning, downhill technique on skis and splitboards

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CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19: Uncertainties

Please rest assured we are holding our usual dates, providers and guides, to provide our WMG experience to its usual high standards of success and excellence, despite the uncertainty at this time. Please contact us to learn more about our special cancellation policies for current bookings to accommodate circumstances.