Join Todd, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for a 4-day backcountry skiing Wasatch getaway! With options for beginners to expert skiers, the program will be tailored to your skill level, interests, and preferences!
Private and Group
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Open to everyone
Escape the resort crowds and discover the majesty of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains from the backcountry as we explore the range on our skis during a 4-day guided trip!
Conveniently located just outside of Salt Lake City and known for world-class snow and great amenities, Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are a top destination for skiers of all levels. The backcountry of the Wasatch offers endless terrain filled with fresh powder and pristine wilderness that is the perfect setting for your next outdoor adventure.
Whether you prefer steep couloirs or gentle tree runs, there is ideal terrain for everyone. We even have the option for ski mountaineering descents or “slackcountry skiing,” which is taking a lift up and skiing out-of-bounds on the way down. Additionally, on this 4-day adventure, you can choose to acquire new skills such as avalanche training, and route finding, among others.
As a local guide, I know all the ins and outs of the area and if you are more than 4 people, we will go with an additional guide to make sure you have personalized attention throughout. I will customize the adventure based on your interests, fitness level, and snow conditions on the ground.
Keep in mind that a minimum of 4 participants is required for this trip to take place. Regarding accommodation, you will stay in a cozy mountain cabin that can fit up to eight people. Plus, we will take care of meals so that you can just focus on spending 8-10 hours of fun out in the snow every day!
Contact me now to take part in this unforgettable outdoor adventure. I look forward to exploring the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains with you!
I also offer other adventurous ski trips around the world: Sail & ski in Svalbard, Norway, Backcountry skiing + heliski in Valdez, Alaska, or 10-Day Carstensz Pyramid Climb, One of the Seven Summits!
-What is the minimum and maximum group size for this trip?
The minimum number of participants is 4 and the maximum is 8. If you are fewer people and it is possible, we are happy to pair you up with other travelers. There will be 1 guide for every 4 people.
-What kind of experience do we need in order to participate?
This trip is open to everyone, including families, the minimum age to join is 13. We will adapt the program to suit the needs and preferences of the group. However, a good fitness level, prior skiing experience, and especially high motivation are recommended. We can also include some training in your program if, for example, you wish to learn about avalanche hazards, route finding, or other related aspects to backcountry skiing.
-What about accommodation? Do we need to arrange it?
This program includes the accommodation in a cozy mountain hut that fits up to 8 people. We will take care of making all the arrangements beforehand. Also, keep in mind that meals are also included, which means you can just relax and enjoy the ride!
–Is the transport included during the trip?
We will be skiing in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, which are 30 minutes away from Salt Lake City. Because of insurance reasons we are not able to transport clients in guide vehicles. However, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are both major roads that run parallel to one another in an east-west direction, split by a prominent ridgeline. This geography makes it possible to use public transportation to do bi-canyon tours if client vehicles are not available. Contact us in advance to discuss options.
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Permit and entrance fees
- Mountain guide expenses
4 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts.
3 days of custom backcountry ski guiding with a certified guide.
4 nights of lodging.
Permit to operate on National Forest land.
Flights to and from Salt Lake City,
Transportation to and from the cabin, call us to discuss options.
Gear: you will need to have all the proper backcountry gear. We can help you find rentals if you need anything.
Personal trip insurance (see options).
Rustic mountain lodge for up to 8 people, and you won't have to cook. It has 2 Queen beds, 3 single beds, and a full bed, and direct access to the snow so that you can wake up and ski!
Every day, you will meet with your guide at one of the Park and Ride parking lots. From the meeting area (guides will tell you where) you will go up one of the canyons together in the client vehicle or public transportation.
Other gear: Please check with us beforehand for a more detailed equipment list and recommendations, including rental options.
A Utah native, Todd grew up with a strong passion for skiing and playing in the mountains. Looking to incorporate this passion into a profession Todd attended the University of Utah and earned a bachelors degree from the Parks and Recreation department. He worked in the outdoors as a wilderness instructor teaching survival skills in the Utah desert for many years. In 2000 he began mountain guiding, and has been sharing his passion of the mountains with others ever since.
Todd’s guiding has taken him to many corners of the globe including; Alaska, Asia, Antarctica, Europe, South America and the Western U.S. He is a fully certified IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide. Other training and certifications include Avalanche level III and Wilderness First Responder.
Climbing with Todd one immediately feels a sense of safety and trust. Todd is a strong and highly competent leader with years of experience leading large expeditions and one on one guiding. He is a skillful teacher and enjoys helping folks accomplish their climbing aspirations.
Some of his notable ascents include; Denali’s Cassin Ridge, a first ascent of the 5000’ west face of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and the Walker spur on the Grand Jorasses in the Alps.
When he is not traveling Todd enjoys spending time at home in Salt Lake City, Utah climbing and skiing the Wasatch with his wife, climbing partner and fellow guide.
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I have booked the backcountry ski for 3 days and did only 1/2 - 1 day. Hiking uphill is much too exhausting for me, although I am in reasonable condition. For sure this must be much better communicated towards customers, that they need in ultimate condition. So spending 1200 USDollars and having only '1 day done' is not a great experience. Can I get some of the money back?
Todd is a very experienced guide who knows the area like the palm of his hand. He tailored a plan that adapted perfectly to the conditions and our group, and he got us to some great powder even after 1 week since the last snowfall! We had a great time and I will for sure call Todd again next year when I return to Utah!
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