The Wasatch mountains outside Salt Lake City offer convenient access and world-class terrain. Our Wasatch guides live for the deep and light snow that blankets these mountains every winter and this is what keeps us busy and out in the mountains everyday. You can rest assured that any one of our AMGA-trained or certified guides will have intimate knowledge of the Wasatch range, the snow pack and the daily weather patterns to help choose the perfect tour for that day. Our guides work in these mountains year-round and know where to find the good snow.
It takes years and years to become familiar with the range and knowing multiple options and tours for all conditions and weather and this is something that we truly pride our self on. We offer custom trips for novice to expert skiers and riders and will help you select objectives in line with your ability and enthusiasm. Join one of our experienced guides for a day of untracked powder, solitude and exercise. Our backcountry tours span from gladed tree skiing during low visibility days to scenic summits, high mountain traverses and everything in between. Get a group together or join us for a private day out for some of the most beautiful backcountry touring terrain in the states!
Arguably the best value in Utah! This adventure requires no $100 lift ticket and pairs you with one of the most experienced backcountry guides in the industry. An unparalleled experience for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers and riders. The day starts in the field, where our guides will go through a gear check as well as a quick avalanche safety refresher. From there you’ll click into your gear and start stretching the legs for the uphill ascent. Where you go will be up to you and your guide, but touring in the Wasatch is generally characterized by several climbs and descents. Climb up one ridge just in time to ride down the back side and ascend the next. With these staccato ascents and descents, it’s easy to rack up thousands of feet of pristine snow in the heart of the Wasatch.. Expect to get in 2000-4500 vertical feet over 6-8 hours. Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked directly online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your adventure.
Ski and Ride some of the Wasatch’s famous couloirs and plush descents like the Wolverine Cirque. These tours are for advanced skiers and riders only. Expect to get in 3500-65000 vertical feet. You can also expect these days to run about 7-9 hours in total beginning early in the morning. Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked directly online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your adventure.
- Top Long Sleeve Synthetic: medium to expedition weight long underwear Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman 1/2 zip
- Soft Shell or Fleece Jacket Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear 32 Degree Jacket
- Shell Jacket with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cloudseeker Jacket
- Puffy Jacket: Hood Recommended. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Ghostwhisperer Jacket
- Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
- Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pant
- Socks: Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.
HEAD AND HANDS
- Gloves 3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cyclone GTX Glove
- Hat: medium weight ski hat
- Hat: baseball or visor for sun
- Buff/neck gaiter
- Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
- Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
- Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
- Ski Goggles
- Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
- Sunscreen/Lip balm
- Headlamp-Extra batteries
- Laptop Computer — for Avalanche Courses only
SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)
- Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
- Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
- Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
- Ski Poles
- Helmet (optional)
SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)
- Transceiver Guide Pick:Mammut Barryvox S
- Shovel Guide Pick: Mammut Alugator Twist shove
- Probe Guide Pick: Mammut Fastlock Probe 240
The best avenue to Salt Lake city is by air, but it’s also possible to take a train or drive. Hotel options are myriad, but look for something east of I-15 and south of I-80 to be closest to the field venues.
You’ll be responsible for your own transportation to/from the trailhead. Most folks find that renting a car for the day is cheaper than a taxi.
Talk To Us
Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.