Submitted By: Shumaker on December 15, 2012
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The North Shoulder is a little bit more mellow, and is often the backup option for people heading up there. You ski almost along the ridge on the north side, back down towards the pumphouse basin. The north shoulder is generally a little bit sheltered and the snow is a little colder, but it is also windblown.[more]
Mineral Fork provides good access to some great skiing when the snow pack is stable. The east facing ridge and the upper bowl has been scenes of epic slides and casualties. Lines like the Room of Doom, Santiago Ridge, Moonlight and Highline are found here. Mineral is also a great place to escape the crowds. While you can acces this drainage from Little Cottonwood this description is from the Mineral Fork Trailhead in Big Cottonwood.
How to Get There
7 miles up Big Cottonwood is a plowed parking area on the south side of the road next to a metal gate. This gate is the beginning of the trail. Slide down a bit and cross the creek and begin hiking up the opposite side. This trail winds its way up into Mineral crossing several tributary creeks; depending on the snow coverage, temps, etc, you may need to remove your skis to cross these waterways. The route map attached is of Santiago Ridge.
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