The enthusiasm amongst skiers for venturing out on new terrain is growing more each year. Backcountry skiing is the fastest growing segment in the winter outdoor sports category. As the equipment has improved over the years with lighter skis and binding and more technical boots, more skiers are keen to give it a try.
The Wasatch range provides easy access to world-class backcountry skiing terrain. Alta Lodge's location is across the street from terrain that locals--from Salt Lake City and Alta--ski early in morning before heading to work. Coined the "dawn patrol", it's a unique phenomena that you would be hard pressed to do from another large metropolitan area.
If you're interested in trying backcountry skiing, Alta Lodge has teamed up with Utah Mountain Adventures guide service to offer a three-day backcountry clinic based out of Alta Lodge. The clinic will teach you basis skills on how to travel with skins, use an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel, avalanche awareness and more. Ski
rentals are available for first timers.
If you aren't quite ready to take that first step, another approach would be to try the Interconnect Tour through Ski Utah. It's a great way to see the backcountry while on your alpine skis and with a guide. As Ski Utah says, "This one-of-a-kind European ski tour can be had right here in the heart of Utah's Rocky Mountains."
Try something different on your next trip to Alta and ski beyond the slopes of the ski area.