• Activities:

    Snowboarding, Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1800 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

Best time of the year to ski the resort... after it's closed and you get the whole mountain to yourself!​

Still have the skiing itch but it's late in the spring and the resorts have closed and the other backcountry skiing areas have melted? No problem, just head up to Alta Ski Area and get some amazing backcountry corn skiing laps in. 

Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon all the way to the top and park either in the Collin's or Albion parking lot at Alta. Throw the skins on the skis and head up the mountain. The mountain is your playground and you can go wherever you want. Make your way up to Catherine's Pass, Devil's Castle, or up to the top of Collin's Lift. No lift ticket necessary and no waiting in lines to get on the lift, it's all human powered.  

Pack List

  • Backcountry Skis/Split Board with touring skins
  • Boots
  • Shell
  • Snow pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Snack
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
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Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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Jackson Smith Explorer

Salt Lake City born and raised, frequenter of the Wasatch Mountains. backcountry skiing, trail running, mountain adventurer. Backcountry.com Gearhead. #ChaseYourGOAT

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