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Welcome to our WHERE TO SKI SECTION. It is here we will share with you, throughout the year, a number of different ski destinations that offer exceptional backcountry skiing when conditions are good. You may also offer tips for us to post in this section. To do so, click here.

  

WHERE TO SKI

The Pacific Northwest offers excellent backcountry skiing. Especially if you stretch itís boundaries and include Utah. Starting with Utah, letís take a look at two incredible backcountry destinations in the PNW. 

Utah

You have surely heard of Alta Ski Area and perhaps the nearby peak, Mount Wolverine, a backcountry localsí favorite. In this area you can access Wolverine Cirque (steep chutes), Mt. Tuscarora, Patsy Marley Peak, and the Wolverine Bowls, just to name a few. This is backcountry skiing paradise, but it does not yield easily and is prone to frequent avalanche problems 

To find out more:

  1. Purchase a local guide book such as Wasatch Tours Volume Two
  2. Call the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center before going up, at (801) 364-1581 www.avalanche.org

Idaho

I am betting you have also heard of Sun Valley Ski Resort in Idaho. During good snow years you can literally drive from Hailey Idaho to Galena Summit, passing great backcountry skiing on both sides of the road where the ascending starts right out the parking lot. This is 40 plus miles of choices right along the highway, with the most famous shots being closer to Galena Summit. For beta on this area stop in at The Elephantís Perch or Backwoods in Ketchum before you go. The descents range from 500 vertical foot drops all the way up to 3000 plus. Itís as good as it gets, and has the quality of experience comparable to the Tetons. 

To find out more:

  1. Ask the local employees in the ski shops.
  2. Call the Sun Valley Avalanche Center before you go. (208) 622-8027 or www.avalanche.org

Note: www.avalanche.org is your resource for avalanche centers in the U.S. By location, it offers weather reports, avalanche advisories, snow observations and accident reports with statistics. Use it!

 

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