Wasatch Mts, UT Backcountry Report: “Suicide Chute” Splashy Fun on July 2nd

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Report from July 2nd, 2019

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Skis Used:  Scott Super Guide 105

Today was our last ski day of the 2018/19 Northern Hemisphere Winter.

Day #214 of the season – the most days we’ve ever gotten in a season.

We chose Suicide Chute off 11,132′ Mt. Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT after drooling over it yesterday, then chatting on the phone last night with big mountain badass Owen Leeper who skied it yesterday and said it was great.

Shay ripping down Suicide Chute in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT on July 2nd, 2019. image: snowbrains

I got an alpine start and was hiking up a scree field towards Suicide Chute at 11am.

After 10 minutes I was on snow, in my crampons, and booting up after a very fast guy in front of me named Shay.

I tried to catch up to him in vain.

Suicide Chute on Mt. Superior. image: snowbrains

The whole climb went quick – 50 minutes from car to top ‘o’ chute.

The snow was already soft on top, but still firm enough underneath to provide good cramponing.

On top, I met Shay and watched him drop in and rip Suicide top to bottom and disappear out of sight.

Looking down Suicide Chute. image: snowbrains

I lingered not.

I dropped in, couldn’t believe how good the snow was nor how great this chute was for skiing.

I’d skied this chute 18 years ago in the winter and I don’t remember it being this fun.

Maybe it’s best in July?

Shay charging up. image: snowbrains

At the end of the snow, I said goodbye to Shay and wished him well and ground the 10 minutes of downhill scree to the car.

Car to car was less than an hour and a half and it was time to pack.

I’m writing this article inside the SLC airport waiting for a flight to Ecuador to go surf one of my favorite spots for a month.

Shay. Suicide Chute. image: snowbrains

Well, I’m waiting for a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I’ll have a 13-hour layover then a flight to Ecuador.

Horrible flight, I know but I couldn’t find anything better and heck, I’ve never been to Florida.

Winter starts again on August 1st in Patagonia

For now, it’s time to keep these feet out of ski boots for a while.

Appropriate attire? image: snowbrains
A unique view of Alta and Little Cottonwood Canyon. image: snowbrains

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