|Originally posted by eastsucks:
I live in N. Ogden and was wondering where are some good places to go backcountry skiing. Ben Lomond is always good, and you can get close to 5,000 feet of vert in one run, but its low elevation (9,712) means snow is gone by august. Where could I get turns in late summer/early fall?
(By the way, you have got to get rid of that screen name. It's nowhere near as clever or cool as you think. Many of the best skiers on the continent learned *how* to ski east of the Rockies.)
Assuming you actually want some advice on places to ski in the Wasatch, I have a few suggestions.
In bigger snow years, there is a north-facing chute dropping off the north shoulder of Baldy at Alta that holds snow well into August. I've skied that a few times.
There is a small, almost-permanent snowfield up under the Snowbird Twin Peaks above the top of the Gad II Chair. It's a real pain to get to, because the last 45 minutes or so all consist of boulder-hopping on a pretty steep slope. I've skied that one in September. Again, a big snow year helps.
The old-faithful for late summer Utah skiing is Mount Timpanogos. The snowfield above Emerald Lake is usually skiable (if you don't mind dodging the rocks that have fallen from above) all year. There are also a few steep, north-facing gullies along the cliff wall to the west of the lake that usually hold snow all year. Just a word of caution, Timp is a real slog regardless of which trailhead you choose. We've skied it twice in September and both times it has taken 3 to 3 1/2 hours of hiking one way to get to very marginal snow.
No matter where you go, the skiing will be pretty crappy and it'll be way more work than it should be. Still, it feels good to make turns once you finally click into your skis.
Of course, you could also drive up here to the Tetons or even go further and hit Beartooth Pass.