It's not bad out of bounds. — Photo courtesy of dirkgroeger
The Wasatch Mountains have some incredible ski resorts. In the immediate Salt Lake City vicinity alone, you'll find Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Solitude. But even considering the incredible nature of these lift-served areas, there are plenty of reasons to ski outside of them. The cost of lift tickets, a dislike of crowds, a craving for exercise, or the simple desire to see something new–these are all motivations to backcountry ski.
Wasatch Touring founders Charlie and Dwight Butler also found these reasons compelling enough to open a store dedicated to the sport of ski touring. And so in 1972, Wasatch Touring was born - giving the people of Salt Lake City the sport of backcountry skiing as an accessible alternative to in-bounds skiing.
In 1976 the brothers hired their first employee, turning the shop into a year-round enterprise. No longer just selling winter goods, the store saw its inventory grow to include all kinds of backcountry sports gear, for use in all seasons.
For more than 35 years now, the shop has sold gear for kayaking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and desert backpacking - as well as all the accessories needed to pursue those sports. Even if you're just in town for a few days, you will still find Wasatch Touring to be quite handy; they carry a large rental fleet of gear, and operate a full-service repair and maintenance center.