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Whipple Couloir Big Cottonwood canyon

Backcountry skiing the Whipple Couloir

By Christopher Comstock | February 14, 2019

Backcountry skiing the Whipple couloir is a classic Wasatch ski descents.  Getting there and finding it isn’t straight forward but you’ll be rewarded if you do.  With some of the most unique and visually stunning scenery in the Wasatch the Whipple Couloir could be the most scenic of all the classic descents. Access Neffs Canyon,…

Backcountry Skiing Mount Williamson California

Backcountry Skiing Mount Williamson California

By Christopher Comstock | March 19, 2018

Post and Photo credit  http://www.sierradescents.com/skiing/williamson/2006/bairs-creek-cirque-10.php Foothill Road crosses the north fork of Bairs Creek at an elevation of 5906 Climbing Williamson is as pure as it gets. Park at the bottom of the mountain. Hike up. With a trail, via Shepherd Pass, most backcountry travelers will find the most strenuous climb of their lives. Without…

Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel Mountain CA

Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel Mountain CA

By Christopher Comstock | March 17, 2018

The Pinner Couloir is another Sierra classic. 3400 vert of steep, big wall couloir skiing.  This Sierra classic is close to Bishop.  There is also potential to ski 2 classic couloirs (Pinner & Bloody) from the same Camp near convict lake. Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel Mountain CA Backcountry Skiing the Pinner Couloir Laurel…

Backcountry Skiing Bloody Mountain California

Backcountry Skiing Bloody Mountain California

By Christopher Comstock | March 16, 2018

Bloody Couloir, Bloody Mountain Top of descent elevation: 12, 522’ Descent in Vertical Feet: 5342’ (about 2600’ for the couloir proper) Slope: 40-45 degrees (depending on time of year/snowfall) Aspect: North Distance from trailhead: 6.5 miles GPS: 37.561/-118.909 USGS Map: Bloody Mountain Notes: The Bloody Couloir is one of the most classic lines on California’s…

Backcountry skiing Dana Couloir California

By Christopher Comstock | March 16, 2018

Backcountry skiing Dana Couloir California 70 miles North of Bishop California / Dana Mountain Backcountry skiing Dana Couloir California Skiing Dana Mountain Dana Couloir is one of the 50 classic California Backcountry ski descents approach The Dana Couloir by “the Glacier Canyon Trail (GCT) which starts at the Tioga Lake overlook. The overlook is outside of the Yosemite National…

Backcountry Skiing Broads Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah

Backcountry Skiing Broads Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah

By Christopher Comstock | March 3, 2018

Backcountry Skiing Broads Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah.   Backcountry Skiing Broads Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah is absolutely “Bonkers”!   People come here for some of the longest vertical feet of uninterrupted powder skiing in Utah.  The approach is BIG, the skiing is BIG, and getting out of Broads fork is a…

Mike Mckinney Backcountry skiing Wasatch Mountains west desolation ridge

Backcountry Skiing Desolation Ridge Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah

By Christopher Comstock | January 12, 2018

Desolation Ridge Desolation Ridge is where Mill-D fork in the Big Cottonwood Canyon gets rowdy!   Desolation Ridge is located Higher up top near the Park City ridgeline. This ridge reaches up to 9,990.  It wraps steeply around Lake Desolation sheltering it from the mountain winds.   The North facing aspect of Desolation ridge drops…

Backcountry Skiing Neffs canyon Mount Olympus Utah

Backcountry skiing Neffs Canyon mount Olympus Utah Memorial Couloirs

By Christopher Comstock | January 4, 2018

Backcountry skiing Neffs Canyon a hidden gem of the Wasatch.  Tours in this area have stunning mountain views, hidden powder, and big mountain objectives.  The approaches are long that require time and fitness.   Neffs canyon is not part of the Salt Lake watershed, meaning your furry friends can join you.  Dog Friendly If you…

backcountry skiing checklist

Backcountry Skiing Checklist

By Christopher Comstock | November 2, 2015

For several years I’ve created a backcountry skiing checklist for a day tour.  I love going on a day tour but occasionally I would forget an item that was vital to the enjoyment of the tour.  I’ve forgotten my gloves once and my hands froze.  A solution came from an unexpected source.  I have a ski bum…

Willow Fork Ski Tour – Park City to Brighton

By Christopher Comstock | April 6, 2015

Willow Fork Ski Tour leaves Canyons resort via the ninety-nine ninety backcountry gate, follow the ridge south to silver peak, then ski the West Willow Ridge to Silver Fork bus stop.   Bus ride or hitch hike up to Brighton resort, ski it, turn around and head back. 2,200 Vertical climb Distance 2 miles (each way)  1/4…

Backcountry skiing basics

Backcountry Skiing Basics

By Christopher Comstock | December 13, 2014

Backcountry skiing basics; It’s a cold sunny February day sitting on the Supreme Lift of Alta.  I look across the canyons and see people skiing knee-high powder from a storm 2 days prior… I wish I could be skiing in Grizzly Gulch, but I don’t even know where to get started on the Backcountry skiing basics.…

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Backcountry Skiing Alone

By Christopher Comstock | December 10, 2014

Setting a skin track early morning all alone, the click of the bindings and the sound of snow crunching under the skis is all that breaks the silence.  Suddenly, WHOOMP, the slope avalanches from above and there is no place to go.  When skiing alone there is nobody to dig you out, and even if…

uinta backcountry skiing hells kitchen

Uinta backcountry skiing / Hell’s Kitchen ski mountaineering

By Christopher Comstock | January 27, 2014

Uinta backcountry skiing Hells Kitchen mountaineering trip report, Uinta mountains of Utah.  The author and his trusted rottweiler sought out epic ski lines. They were to be turned back by difficult route. The mountaineers returned the following summer and completed the Hell’s Kitchen route. With a 2-pm phone call, the window to ski Western Uintas Hell’s…

Moose Steaks

By Christopher Comstock | June 2, 2013

In a land far away, there lives a Mountain man and his rather large companion Kota the dog. These two are quite the explores and on one day backcountry skiing, one of the Mountain man’s gloves fell out of his pocket. Inspite of mounting a long search, the glove was not recovered. These were Mountain…

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