Guide Services

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 and support the Utah Avalanche Center:

Utah Mountain Adventures

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.


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.

Splitboard Education Company

Established in 2010 in Salt Lake City, the Splitboard Education Company (SEC) has partnered with Utah Mountain Adventures to provide complete and comprehensive splitboard curriculum in the nearby Wasatch Mountains.  Through classroom workshops and outdoor field clinics, SEC offers customized guiding, instruction, and avalanche education to all abilities.  Splitboarding is what we do; splitboarding is what we teach.  Join SEC to take your splitboarding to the next level!