Wasatch Mts, UT Backcountry Report: 11,132-Foot Mount Superior Powder on New Year’s Eve

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

Report from December 31st, 2019

Brought to you by Alpenglow Expeditions

Yesterday, we climbed up 11,132-foot Mt. Superior in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

Mt. Superior is one of the “50 Classic Ski Descents of North America”.

It’s a long skin/bootpack to the top with some spicey, techy sections of climbing that definitely give your adrenal gland a bit of squeeze.

Miles stoked on top. photo: ben

The summit was glorious.

Clear, not too cold, light wind, powerful vistas.

We dropped into a line we hoped would be untouched and it was.

Ben up high on Superior. image: snowbrains

The top turns were outstanding.

Deep, blower powder on steep, complex slopes.

We couldn’t have asked for more.

Summit of Mt. Superior. image: ben

We subsequently skied the choke, then the fields of glory below.

The sun had cooked anything that didn’t have some East aspect to it.

Near the bottom, we scootched over to the East a bit and found great powder snow right to the road.

Mt Superior and our lines skiers right. image: snowbrains

Superior is ominous.

It stares at you from Alta & Snowbird and beckons.

It felt great to end 2019 on a powder run down Superior.

Thanks, Utah.


Ben ridge walking. image: snowbrains
On top. image: snowbrains
Ben ripping down mid-mountain. image: snowbrains
Superior ridge. image: snowbrains
Ben in the guts. image: snowbrains
Ben ridge walking. image: snowbrains
Mt. Monte Cristo and the Salt Lake Valley. image: snowbrains
Superior and Ben and thumb.

Related Articles

Got an opinion? Let us know...