The southern portion of the Park City Ridgeline features mostly large, open bowls that drop anywhere from 600 to more than 1,000 feet. The runs are generally steep, deep, and an absolute joy for backcountry skiers of all abilities.
Like the North Park City Ridgeline, Park City pass holders can access this terrain from lifts 9990 and Peak 5 from the backcountry access gate. Gain the ridge and then skin south. Non-pass holders can skin up USA bowl, starting at the upper Solitude Resort Parking lot.
The crown jewel of the southern half of the ridgeline are the Monitor Bowls (west and south). The monitors are a famous destination in the Wasatch, for they are both steep (roughly 30 degrees), and feature a long, consistent ski. The Monitors are a must-ski destination for backcountry skiers in the Park City area and the Wasatch in general. South of the Monitor bowls lies No Name Bowl, which is arguably just as good to ski and does not receive nearly the same amount of traffic. No Name Bowl will have fresh lines days after a storm mostly due to the fact that it is hard to find and a bit out of the way of the ridgeline. To find No Name Bowl, head due east along the ridge from the pass between Scott Hill and South Monitor Bowl. Follow the ridgeline and No Name will appear almost out of nowhere. This little nook in the Park City Ridgeline has quickly become a favorite place to find powder.
Scott Hill is the southernmost ski option on the ridgeline, and it is very close in proximity to the Jupiter area in Park City Resort. Scott Hill is relatively easy to summit and features two distinct skiing options. You could ski a steep line directly off of the summit or the trees just below the summit on the northeast ridge. Both are great options. All in all, the South Park City Ridgeline features some of the best touring in the Wasatch, with deep annual snow totals and steep open bowls.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.