Beginner terrain that is good as you develop your backcountry skills and when the avalanche danger is higher. Click for details.
Intermediate terrain that requires more experience in skinning and skiing. Click for details.
Advanced terrain that requires strong skiing and skinning skills. Click for details.
Expert terrain that is challenging and a small mistake can have serious consequences. Click for details.
Extreme terrain that includes insanely difficult chute skiing and beyond. Click for details.
The difficulty of this terrain varies widely. Click for details.
This terrain hasn't been rated. Click for details.
Although this slope was measured, slopes are not hemogenous—this should be considered approximate. Click for details.
This slope angle was not measured. If you get an accurate slope measurement, please send it to me at info@vRigger.com.
The slope angle varies widely. Click for details.
This is the general direction the slope faces. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that dangerous avalanches are not expected in this terrain except during extreme or very unusual conditions. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that this is generally low-angle terrain although the route may cross under steep avalanche runout zones. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that this terrain has significant exposure to numerous commonly-occurring avalanche paths. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that this terrain is explosed to significant avalanche hazards often with multiple terrain traps. Click for details.
This terrain can be accessed by resort skiers without skins. Click for details.
This terrain can be accessed by resort skiers without skins. Snowmobiles are allowed. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers and by resort skiers without skins. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers, by resort skiers without skins, and by snowmobilers. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers. Snowmobiles are allowed. Click for details.
Snowmobiles are allowed in this terrain. Click for details.
This website contains 735 files and 7,058 links—I need your help! The following prioritized list explains some of the ways that you can help improve the site.
Photographs that show the same area as any of the Google Earth images are a huge help! Many of these will need to be taken from a distant ridge (or from the sky—do you own an airplane or drone?). Photos that give an overview of a run or an entire drainage are also very helpful. Good snow cover, blue skies, timing the photo to minimize shadows, using a dedicated camera (and not using its digital zoom) are preferred, but not required. If I use your photograph, I'll add descriptive labels and a notice giving you credit.
Words that clarify existing text will improve the website for everyone. For example, saying, "... after approximately five minutes, cross the creek and then head up the subridge on your right ..." is a big improvement over "... head up the subridge on your right ..."
Likewise, saying where skin tracks typically start, that there is a steep gully, that the trees are aspens or pines and widely or closely spaced, etc are the type of details that make this website truly helpful.
Let me know if something is incorrect. Maybe it's a waypoint location, an elevation or distance, the time it takes to get somewhere, or a slope angle. I have skied every location that I describe, but that doesn't mean all of my data is correct.
Likewise, it is difficult to proofread my own writing. Please tell me about spelling errors, missing or duplicated words, and other typos. You will see my mistakes—I won't.
Can you provide background information on a location's name? For example, do you know who Brad's Line is named after or the history behind the name Over Easy? If you have information on any location names, please send me a note.
If you record a route using a GPS, please send me your kmz file. The files help me see the most popular skin tracks and runs. It is also helpful if you send accurate waypoints from summits, passes, and major landmarks.