Trip Report: 11,132′ Mt. Superior, Utah

Miles Clark | | Trip ReportTrip Report
This guy likes Utah.
This guy likes Utah.

After 3 days of non stop faceshots in -6ºF temps just outside ofSalt Lake City, UT, Big John Solder and I decided avy conditions felt safe enough to give Big 11,132′ Mt. Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah a go.

We started climbing around 7:30am and it felt like it took about 3 hours to get to the top.

The last hour or so is a spicy knife edge ridge walk that had my heart pumping.

The east ridge of Superior.
The east ridge of Superior.

One on top, we dropped of the northeast chute that comes off the back of Superior.  

Conditions were a big hard up top but got softer every turn ending in perfect, dry powder at the bottom of the 2,000′ run.

We climbed back up to the top of Little Superior and skied one of the spine ridges that flow down onto the road.

Miles near the summit on the knife ridge of Superior. image: john solder
Miles near the summit on the knife ridge of Superior with Snowbird and Alta in the background. image: john solder

We were late.  It was about 11:30 or so once we dropped in and roller balls were already barraging the mountain.

We picked our lines carefully but still ended up have an absolute blast in deep snow on the east side of the spine ridge.  We followed it all the way down to the road hooting and hollering all the while.  No pics of this decent as were a bit worried about the warming and had to move fast.

Big John climbing back up the north side of Superior.
Big John climbing back up the north side of Superior.

Utah really treated me well on this trip and all I can say is Thank You.

Special Thanks to Big John for guiding me in some pretty burly terrain.  

PHOTO TOUR:

Big John about to drop in on the north side of Superior.
Big John about to drop in on the north side of Superior.
Big John and the famous Monte Cristo lines...
Big John and the famous Monte Cristo lines…

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Big John storming the ridge.
Big John storming the ridge.
Morning alpenglow.
Morning alpenglow.
Cruising the lower mountain.
Cruising the lower mountain.
Big John and our tracks on the northeast side of Superior.
Big John and our tracks on the northeast side of Superior.
Gorgeous lines abound on the north side.
Gorgeous lines abound on the north side.
Dropping into the northeast chute off Superior.
BIG JDropping into the northeast chute off Superior.

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