UNOFFICIAL GUIDE: One Day To Crush The Wasatch | The Ski Utah Interconnect

UNOFFICIAL GUIDE: One Day To Crush The Wasatch | The Ski Utah Interconnect

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UNOFFICIAL GUIDE: One Day To Crush The Wasatch | The Ski Utah Interconnect

Finding fresh lines between Alta and Brighton | Photo (+Cover): Mars Ramp Photography

The shortest distance between two points is a line and nobody knows lines through ‘The Greatest Snow On Earth’ better than the guides operating the Ski Utah Interconnect.

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The perfect blend of backcountry and inbounds, the Ski Utah Interconnect is a must for any expert Wasatch skier that has yet to ski the power 6 in a single day (*Deer Valley, Park City, Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude).

“The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour gives an advanced to expert skier the opportunity to experience the magnificent beauty and incredible backcountry terrain of the Wasatch Mountain Range.”

Although weather hampered our ability to start in Deer Valley, my group was able to ski all the Cottonwood Canyon resorts, starting and ending in Snowbird. For someone who’s skied Snowbird and Alta their whole life– it was great seeing the BCC side and all the ridiculous backcountry terrain that lies between these very unique ski areas.

Our Route: Snowbird>Alta>Brighton>Solitude>Alta>Snowbird

Skiing The Interconnect:

02/10/2018

After taking the Snowbird tram, our group of 2 guides and 6 clients skied into Mineral Basin before catching the connector to Alta. A lift and short hike up Catherine’s bootpack later and we we’re skiing our first backcountry lines through the famed Rocky Point. While the snow inbounds was dust on crust, we found beautiful boot deep fluff all the way to the bottom before hiking out to Brighton.

The conditions were similar the rest of the day as we went between backcountry (pow) to inbounds terrain (dust on crust) and back again. From Brighton we skied a simple connector run to Solitude, a resort none of our group had skied before.

We were all dumbfounded by the big terrain and got to ski down a steep face with chalky snow before heading back to Alta. A short yet intimidating sidestep later and we got another pow run down Patsy Marley before catching the rope tow. With all the resorts in tow, we made our way back to Snowbird via Alta’s Wildcat lift and Westward Ho run. There we found more soft turns before calling it a day and drinking beers in the Snowbird lot.

High fiving, our entire group took note of the fact that if we hadn’t been on the tour that day, we’d have been skiing some of the most challenging inbounds conditions of the season.

Details:

  • Tour Prices: $395/person | $2,900/small private group (6) | $4,300/large private group (12)
  • All participants must be advanced to expert skiers in good physical condition
  • Participants must be 16 years or older. Participants between ages 16 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  •  Snowboarding is not permitted.

Book your trip here: Ski Utah Interconnect

[All photos courtesy of Mars Ramp Photography]

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