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Silver Fork

 
Silver Fork

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Object Title: Silver Fork

Route Type: Skiing

Season: Winter

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Page By: TyeDyeTwins

Created/Edited: Apr 24, 2009 / Feb 13, 2012

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Overview

Silver Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon has several open bowls, steep chutes and excellent trees. As of the year 2010 this entire fork is ENDANGERED because of Solitude Ski Resort's recent expansion efforts. Please do your part and keep Silver Fork the way nature indended it to be.....part of the Wasatch Wilderness. The approach for usually starts up Grizzly Gulch (Little Cottonwood Canyon). Silver Fork's runs are not quite as long as they are elsewhere in the Wasatch, but this fork makes a great place for lap skiing.

 
Skiing Flannigans
Troy skiing Flannigins on a fat snow year
 
Silver Fork
Skiing North Davenport Nov. 7, 2008
 
Skiing Silver Fork
Troy skiing Silver Fork
 
Skiing Silver Fork
Troy skiing Silver Fork



















Getting Up There

Little Cottonwood Canyon: Skin up Grizzly Gulch from the top of the Little Cottonwood Canyon highway at Alta. Follow the cat track and sooner or later make your way up to the ridgeline on your left.
 
Skinning up Grizzly Gulch
Troy skinning up the belly of Grizzly Gulch
 
Skinning up Silver Fork
Troy fighting the winds and the fog to get the powder goods in Silver Fork
 
Troy skinning up Grizzly Gulch
Troy skinning up Grizzly Gulch


































Big Cottonwood Canyon: Start at the Silver Fork Lodge and make your way through the neiborhoods till you hit the entrance of the fork. This is really only practicle if your headed to the Meadow Chutes.
 
A section of the PC Ridge
Troy skinning up the Meadow Chutes
 
Skinning Silver Fork
Troy and Ron skinning up Silver Fork
 
Skinning Silver Fork
Skinning up to Flannigans.

Flannigans

Flannigans To find this avalanche path head to the eastern top of the fork. If your between two ridges looking up at a large bowl, hit the ridge on your left. There are several ways to enter Flanningans. Some have rocks early on in the season and others cliff out so be carefull. This is a major avalanche path so treat this run with respect.
 
Troy skiing Flanningans just before the avalanche started
Troy skiing Flanningans just before he triggered an avalanche.
 
Flannigans
Flannigans










The Meadow Chutes

Meadow Chutes These east/north east facing chutes are most easily accessed from the Big Cottonwood side. In Silver Fork they are quite popular (and deadly) however they are still something worth skiing. Advice: head along the ridge till you find a Meadow Chute that calls out to the skier in you.
 
The killer avalanche in Silver Fork s Meadow Chutes
The fatal avalanche that killed a local backcountry skier in the Meadow Chutes. Jan 2010
 
A section of the PC Ridge
Skinning up the Meadow Chutes
 
Skiing Silver Fork
Troy skiing The Meadow Chutes
 
Meadow Chutes
The Meadow Chutes with avalanches present

North Davenport

North Davenport Steep and the most popular ski run that Silver Fork has to offer. It starts out steep and tracked out but shortly after dropping in it opens up. Due to this runs overall steepness it is a frequent avalancher, with several different release zones scattered amongest the slope. Charging North Davenport should only be considered on the most safest of days for sure.
 
Steep and Deep......Troy skiing Silver Fork s North Davenport
Troy skiing North Davenport
 
Silver Fork
Skiing North Davenport Nov. 7, 2008
 
North Davenport on Thanksgiving
Troy skiing BLOWER powder early season in North Davenport
 
North Davenport
North Davenport

The West Bowl

West Bowl The West Bowl is a more gentle but still slide worthy run located on the western side of the Fork. Worth skiing if your into gentle, wide open slopes. Too bad lots of people are into that....meaning you are not likely to get first tracks here unless you tour here late season.
 
Skinning up Silver Fork
Troy skinning for another lap down the West Bowl
 
West Bowl
The West Bowl

Essential Gear

Avalanche Skills, Beacon, Partner, Shovel, Probe and Common Sense. Skis are highly recommended.
 
The killer avalanche in Silver Fork s Meadow Chutes
The fatal avalanche in the Meadow Chutes. Jan 2010
 
Meadow Chutes
The Meadow Chutes with avalanches present
 
The avalanche in Silver Fork
An avalanche that Troy triggered in Flanningans (1-2 feet deep)

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