Cat Skiing in Utah

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ABOUT CAT SKIING IN UTAH

For the best cat skiing in Utah, enthusiasts of this sport head to Whisper Ridge in Paradise. Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah, the resort is said to be the largest powder backcountry ski resort in the world. It boasts over 70,000 private acres of skiable terrain and gets more than 500 inches of fresh powder snow each year.

Paradise itself is a small town of 900 people that is part of the Logan Metropolitan area. It welcomes thousands of tourists from across the country and around the world each year to Whisper Ridge. This backcountry cat skiing resort is famous for having some of the best ski lines in the U.S. Skiers who come here average at least 10 runs and 12,000 verticals per day.

Cat skiers in particular enjoy coming to Paradise because they do not have to wait in lines at the ski resort, do not encounter tracked powder, and avoid tolerating cold lifts to the top of runs. The packages for cat skiing here start at around $550 per person per day.

In fact, the price for a single day of cat skiing includes rides in the snow cats to the mountain’s summit as well as breakfast and lunch. Two days and one night of cat skiing averages around $1500 person and comes with an all-inclusive yurt.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region NameUtah
Region StateUtah
Region CityParadise
Region CountryUSA
Closest ResortWhisper Ridge
Optional ResortLittle Bear River Resort
Optional ResortSnowbasin Resort

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles)70,000
Skill LevelAdvanced - Expert
Annual Snowfall (inches)500
Snow TypeUntracked Deep Powder
Mountain RangeWasatch Mountains
Elevation (feet)11,929
Tour Details
Runs per Day8 - 15
Apprx. Vertical Feet per RunBased on Ability
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day8,000 - 12,000
Rentals AvailableYes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person$550
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat$5995 up to 14 people

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT CAT SKIING IN UTAH

Three days and two nights of cat skiing, with an all-inclusive yurt for one person, costs around $2,400. A private cat skiing party for up to 14 people costs less than $6,000 and comes with breakfast and lunch.

All packages include access to experienced safety guides who are certified in AVY II and WFR. Each ski party is paired with at least one safety guide. This pairing is necessary to keep the focus on having fun and enjoying the cat skiing adventure without worrying about one’s safety while out on the backcountry runs.

Cat skiing excursions start early at Whisper Mountain, typically lasting all day. Guides will take skiers back to the resort when cat skiers get tired or when the sun starts to set and prevents skiers from seeing clearly on the runs. Before they embark, however, every cat skier is given a brief overview of safety instructions to prevent injuries while out in the backcountry of the mountain.

Also, for their own safety, cat skiers are encouraged to bring along gear that will not otherwise be provided by the resort. This gear includes ski goggles, ski pants, a helmet, beacons, gloves, and ski boots. Skiers are encouraged to dress in layers to stay warm while out on the runs.

To travel to Paradise, international and domestic tourists alike can fly by major airlines directly into the Salt Lake City International Airport. Salt Lake is 79 miles to the south of Paradise and Whisper Mountain.

Tourists have the option of booking a flight on a smaller airline like Gem Air or Ameriflights and landing at Logan Municipal Airport, which is 27 minutes or approximately 16 miles to the north of Paradise. Logan Municipal Airport serves private and charter flights.

  • FULL DAY (Sunrise - Sunset)

    Includes breakfast and lunch.

    $550
  • PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 14 people)

    Includes breakfast and lunch.

    $6,000

HOW TO GET TO UTAH

Closest Airport
Airport NameAirport CodeMiles to Region
Salt Lake City International AirportSLC80 mi
Ogden-Hinckley AirportOGD17.4 mi
Distance From
AirportCityStateCodeMilesTimeStops
Los Angeles International AirportLos AngelesCALAX7081h 51mDirect
O'Hare International AirportChicagoILORD13973h 33mDirect
John F. Kennedy International AirportNew YorkNYJFK21995h 53mDirect
San Francisco International AirportSan FranciscoCASFO7421h 53mDirect
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSeattle/TacomaWASEA8391h 58mDirect
Newark Liberty International AirportNew York/Newark/New JerseyNJEWR21735h 16mDirect
Logan International AirportBostonMABOS23695h 36mDirect
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMinneapolis/St. PaulMNMSP12342h 47mDirect
Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphiaPAPHL21535h 13mDirect
LaGuardia AirportNew YorkNYLGA21877h 4m1
Washington Dulles International AirportWashington, D.C.VAIAD20794h 51mDirect
San Diego International AirportSan DiegoCASAN7561h 52mDirect
Midway International AirportChicagoILMDW14035h 2m1
Portland International AirportPortlandORPDX7671h 45mDirect

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Whisper Ridge
4776 East, 2600 N, Eden, UT 84310, United States