Those with the proper equipment and avalanche skills can best enjoy it. With Wasatch Mountain resorts and trailheads less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, you'll be surprised how close Utah's backcountry really is. Beyond the trailheads there are hundreds of thousands of acres of diverse backcountry across multiple national forests and mountain ranges, should you wish to explore deeper into Utah.
For those without equipment or avalanche skills, you can take advantage of local guiding operations who can get you to the top of the long powder runs of your dreams, all with the security of avalanche-expert guides with detailed knowledge of the terrain and where to find the best goods in nearly any kind of condition. Even without avalanche skills, equipment or a guide, you can recreate safely all day in safe terrain generally less steep than 30 degrees and out from underneath steeper slopes.
About the Backcountry
Each day, hard-working ski patrols make the terrain inside of ski area boundaries extremely safe from avalanches. Those leaving the ski area boundaries or entering the backcountry from a trailhead need standard avalanche rescue gear, avalanche training and should regularly consult the Utah Avalanche Center website for critical avalanche safety information before venturing out in search of the goods. If you don't own avalanche equipment or skills, no problem. You can utilize local guides listed below that can set you up with the proper gear, keep you safe and lead you to the good stuff.