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Powder Park 3 Access



0.8 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,109' 338 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 9,189' 2,801 m
Low: 8,079' 2,463 m


Avg Slope: 25% (14°)
Max Slope: 32% (18°)
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Avalanche risk for Nov 26, 2017: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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The easiest way to Powder Park III.

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry


This ascent marks the easiest way in and out of the Powder Park III area, and to the top of a peak known as "the cone." You could also ascend to the top of Short Swing, then cross the saddle to the east-north-east, but the path shown here is easier and avoids the cornices that tend to develop at the top of Short Swing.

Be sure to avoid the terrain trap gully that runs parallel to the shown path where it meets the main Mill D North Fork trail. An avalanche here would pile snow deep and high.

Once at the top of the cone, there are many descent options that bring you back to your skin track where you can do another lap. You could also drop into Beartrap Fork from here, but this commits you to re-ascending the cone to go back the way you came, or to going car-to-car, or worse, hiking the BCC road.

Note that an avalanche starting from the cone was reported the year of this writing (2019). Choose your descent wisely. Some aspects are steeper than others.

Please remember to leave some fresh pow for me. I'm not far behind.

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Here's some more terrain in the PP3 area, and yes...more of my crappy skiing.
Mar 9, 2019 near Alta, UT
This was taken from the top of the cone looking north.  Runs drop from the peak seen on the ski-line into the Lake Desolation drainage, but they are steep and much more avalanche-prone than PP3.
Mar 9, 2019 near Alta, UT
Whoever this guy is, he can't ski worth crap. This is starting from the top of the cone.
Mar 9, 2019 near Alta, UT
A mother and her calf—never get between them! Go way off the trail and around them. Here, the mother is on the skin-track, and I made my own track on the other side of the drainage.
Feb 18, 2019 near Alta, UT
On wet snow days, getting to the top of the cone may be a bit of a challenge.
Mar 8, 2019 near Alta, UT


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