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 Name Utah
Region State Utah
Region City Paradise
Region Country USA
Closest Resort Whisper Ridge
Optional Resort Little Bear River Resort
Optional Resort Snowbasin Resort

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 70,000
Skill Level Advanced - Expert
Annual Snowfall (inches) 500
Snow Type Untracked Deep Powder
Mountain Range Wasatch Mountains
Elevation (feet) 11,929
Tour Details
Runs per Day 8 - 15
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run Based on Ability
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day 8,000 - 12,000
Rentals Available Yes
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 Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Salt Lake City International Airport SLC 80 mi
Ogden-Hinckley Airport OGD 17.4 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA LAX 708 1h 51m Direct
O'Hare International Airport Chicago IL ORD 1397 3h 33m Direct
John F. Kennedy International Airport New York NY JFK 2199 5h 53m Direct
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco CA SFO 742 1h 53m Direct
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Seattle/Tacoma WA SEA 839 1h 58m Direct
Newark Liberty International Airport New York/Newark/New Jersey NJ EWR 2173 5h 16m Direct
Logan International Airport Boston MA BOS 2369 5h 36m Direct
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis/St. Paul MN MSP 1234 2h 47m Direct
Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA PHL 2153 5h 13m Direct
LaGuardia Airport New York NY LGA 2187 7h 4m 1
Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. VA IAD 2079 4h 51m Direct
San Diego International Airport San Diego CA SAN 756 1h 52m Direct
Midway International Airport Chicago IL MDW 1403 5h 2m 1
Portland International Airport Portland OR PDX 767 1h 45m Direct

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