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 homogeneous—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 exposed 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.
|Location||40.6147° / -111.5618°|
|Online Map||View on wbskiing.com|
Scott's Backdoor is located on the "access" road that leads from the Guardsman road to Scotts Pass. The lower portion of Scott's Backdoor has low-angle terrain that is in the mid-to-upper-teens. These slopes have wide open glades. The upper slopes are in the 24° to 32° range and are a combination of glades and tree skiing. This info table refers primarily to the lower slopes.
Scott's Backdoor is a fairly short run, but its sheltered slopes can provide great meadow-skipping runs. If you're headed toward Scotts Pass, you might as well sneak in a run on the Backdoor.
Although off-limits to snowmobiles, there are almost always snowmobile tracks in Scott's Backdoor. There are also snowmobile tracks along the ridgeline above Scott's Backdoor, but that ridgeline is shared with Summit County where snowmobiles are allowed.
|Scott's Backdoor from Guardsman Trailhead|
|Skinning Distance||2.0 miles|
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Park at the Guardsman trailhead and follow the directions to Scotts Pass. After about 45 minutes and before you get to Scotts Pass, you will see low-angle glades on your right. Entry points to these glades continue for about a third of a mile (almost to Scotts Pass). You can head up any of these glades, although the best skiing is probably closer to the pass. You can stop at the top of the low-angle glades or continue up the slightly steeper terrain to the peak.
As mentioned in the directions to Scotts Pass, coming back down the access road is a little flat and requires some poling (or walking if you are on a snowboard).
About the Name
Grammaticians who are concerned that Scott's Backdoor and Scott's Bowl have apostrophes whereas Scotts Pass is missing an apostrophe can relax. The USGS doesn't use apostrophes on names, so I don't when publishing names that appear on USGS maps. However, I do use apostrophes for possessive names that were created by backcountry users. Thus, I'm consistently inconsistent.