Backcountry Skiing in Wolverine Bowl

Unfortunately, there’s not much snow in the Wasatch.  And, where there is snow, on the north and north east faces…there’s high avalanche danger.  Fortunately, Mount Wolverine (10,740 feet in elevation) has a low angle bowl facing north east, making it one of the better options this weekend.  Meaning, its one of the few places that will have snow and low avalanche danger.  Unfortunately, since its one of the few areas like this right now, it was also pretty well tracked out.

Here I'm climbing up to the summit of Mount Wolverine from the south side.  I took my skis off because it got icy and was easier to boot pack

Here I’m climbing up to the summit of Mount Wolverine from the south side. I took my skis off because it got icy and was easier to boot pack

This is my friend Brett (from work) boot packing behind me.  We're at about 10,600 feet, just a 150 feet or so from the summit

This is my friend Brett (from work) boot packing behind me. We’re at about 10,600 feet, just a 150 feet or so from the summit

A view from the summit of Mount Wolverine

A view from the summit of Mount Wolverine.  The area closest to me, in this picture, is Wolverine Cirque.  As you can see the Cirque is a lot steeper than the Bowl (which you’ll see in the next photo)…thus too steep to ski, so far this year, due to the high avalanche danger

Skiing up after our first run in the north east facing Wolverine Bowl.  You can see in the background that the whole bowl was pretty much tracked out

Skinning up after our first run in the north east facing Wolverine Bowl. You can see in the background that the whole bowl was pretty much tracked out

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