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March/Covid Update

Photo by Ron Winsett Images Howdy Wasatch Backcountry Enthusiasts! As another series of storms delivering good powder has exited our beloved mountains and the season snowpack total has just gone over 500”, the harsh reality of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hang over our nation and community, and will for some time. These are unusual

October 2019 Update: Ski Bus Efficiency; UDOT Abandons CWC and CCTAP; Paid Parking; and More

Hello Wasatch Backcountry Enthusiasts! As the first dustings of snow hit the high peaks our thoughts – like yours – start “drifting” towards winter. There have been a number of things happening in recent weeks that will affect our wintertime recreation, so here is a quick update. UTA At Monday’s Central Wasatch Commission meeting, a representative

Fall 2019 Update: Comment Opportunities About Central Wasatch National Conservation Area Act (CWNCRA)

Greetings Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Members. As the latest heat wave finally cools, issues around our beloved Central Wasatch backcountry are heating up. This coming Monday, September 9th, from 3-6pm at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, there will be an open house on the CWC’s latest draft proposal for the Central Wasatch National Conservation Area Act (CWNCRA).

Summer 2019 Update: Roadless Rule Update | Alta Still Targeting Grizzly Gulch | Central Wasatch Commission Update

Hello Fellow Wasatch Backcountry Enthusiasts! In these scorching days it seems hard to remember the many days of cold smoke this past fantastic winter, but we hope you are still getting up into the cooler mountains this summer.   As always, the issues surrounding wintertime access of our beloved Wasatch range continue to swirl even

Spring 2019 WBA Update

Hello Wasatch Backcountry Alliance members! We hope that you have continued to enjoy our bountiful snows this season as much as we have.  It’s winters like this that reinforce why we live here!  Though it’s now officially spring and the sun wreaks havoc a little faster, we are still hoping for some further spring snow.

Mid-winter Update, 2019

Hello Wasatch Backcountry Alliance members and supporters!  It’s been a while since we’ve sent out an update; not because nothing’s been happening, but because it’s been snowing so much that we’ve been busy lapping up powder!  What a great snow year we’ve had, especially after suffering through last year.  As always, whether it snows or

Help Speak Up For Roadless Areas in Utah

The Wasatch Backcountry Alliance has heard from our great partners at Winter Wildlands about a new development happening in Utah that could have a major effect not only on our protected backcountry terrain here in the Wasatch but also on roadless lands in mountains all across Utah, and now is the time to speak up! 

Late Summer ’18 Update

Hello Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Members! We hope that you have had a good summer, but are guessing that – like us – you are tired of the heat and smoke and are looking forward to another bountiful winter! As always, despite the summer heat, a lot has been happening with the state of the Wasatch

Member Letter: End of Season Wrap Up, Part 1 – Grizzly Gulch Update – 05/05/2018

Hello Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Members, Well, our Wasatch ski season was a veritable shadow of last year’s bountiful snow, but hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy the nice series of storms we received in March and April.  Now that the season has wound down and temps are back in the 90’s, we

Letter to Alta Ski Lifts Company: Proposed Development of Grizzly Gulch

April 11, 2018 Board of Directors Alta Ski Lifts Company 8920 S Collins Road PO Box 8007 Alta, UT 84092 Re: Proposed Development of Grizzly Gulch Via email to Mike Maughan ( and Allen Orr (   Dear Board of Directors of Alta Ski Lifts Company (ASL), By way of introduction, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance (WBA)