New to the Utah backcountry? Visiting and looking for an expert to show you the goods? Want to learn the basics of backcountry travel quickly and from the pros? The following groups provide guided backcountry travel in Utah:
Based in the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake and Park City since 1993, Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) is a full-spectrum, year-round guide service. Programs include backcountry skiing and split-snowboarding, rock climbing and ice climbing, avalanche instruction, summer and winter mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snowshoeing) and canyoneering skills. UMA’s incredible roster of guides and instructors maximizes the knowledge and experience gained by guests. Led by Julie Faure and Tyson Bradley, UMA (formerly Exum Utah Mountain Adventures) operates under an exclusive permit issued by the Uinta Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Experience more from your adventure. Whether looking for your first tour, to bag a classic big mountain line, or to learn the skills needed to elevate your adventures our team is here for you. With over 20 years of guiding experience, Inspired Summit is Utah's premier year-round backcountry mountain guide service. Locally owned and operated Inspired Summit is based in Park City, UT. We are honored to hold permits to guide in the Uinta Mountain Range as well as the Wasatch mountains adjacent to Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird . Looking to go further off the beaten path, we also operate snowmobile access backcountry ski tours, multi day programs and overnight hut trips. All trips are privately booked and customized to fit our clients experience level and desires. Our guides are all certified avalanche professionals and seasoned mountain guides. Isn't it time you get inspired!
Operating under an exclusive Special Use Permit since 1973, Powderbird has provided thousands of skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to experience guided access to a variety of terrain along the Wasatch Mountain Range from Provo to Ogden. Powderbird has grown from a small business operating out of an old shack into a multi-helicopter operation with convenient base facilities at both Snowbird Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Canyons Resort in Park City. Regardless of which base you fly out of, Powderbird offers exclusive access to more terrain than all of Utah's ski resorts combined. Powderbird has been an innovator in establishing new operating protocols to provide unparalleled service with a primary focus on skier safety. Powderbird's professional and experienced guides provide a world class level of care to ensure the best ski experience possible.
Since our 2003 start in Moab, Utah, Red River Adventures has grown into one of the West's premier guide services. For 15 years we have been providing the very best in guided rock climbing, ice climbing, SPI courses, canyoneering and rafting trips. With permits throughout Utah, including the Salt Lake Ranger District, we now proudly offer guided backcountry skiing and riding, ski mountaineering and instruction in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City. We have some of the regions most notable and accomplished guides on staff. Whether you choose lift assisted side-country skiing or a day of guided descents with Noah Howell or Andrew McLean the authority on Utah backcountry skiing and author of “The Chuting Gallery,” you'll delight in a memorable skiing adventure that only RRA and the Wasatch can provide.
Based in Salt Lake City, The Backcountry Pros strives to offer some of the finest guided and instructional ski touring experiences in the region and the world over. From gentle powdered slopes, to steep and technical test pieces, we cater to all abilities. And by custom tailoring every trip around client desires and current conditions we make each trip a unique, safe and enjoyable one. Operating under a special use permit of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, extending from the Cottonwood Canyons and the Park City Ridgeline beyond to lesser-known wilds, we have enumerable options to shape your time with us!
Wasatch Mountain Guides is locally owned and run by globally renowned IFMGA mountain guides Willie Benegas and Todd Passey. We offer full access to the Wasatch Mountains and the Uinta's through permits granted by the National Forests Service. We are experts and offer backcountry skiing and snowboarding, ice climbing, rock climbing, and many courses and training. We know these mountains well and want to share our knowledge and experience with you.