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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.…

Christopher Comstock

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…


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