A few weeks back SCARPA athletes Weston D. and Shaun Raskin took several sets of gear down to the desert for a dual-sport weekend – backcountry telemark skiing and singletrack mountain biking. Weston and Shaun are creators of The Life Unbound blog and web series where they track their journeys across the West seeking bigger thrills and higher peaks.
As winter slowly fades to spring, a time honored tradition is followed in Utah. That is, as the mud season approaches, many – if not all – the locals migrate south. Southern Utah boasts some of the country’s greatest natural gems; from rock arches to sand to slickrock, there is something for everyone.
What many overlook, as they are desperate for warm temperatures and sand between their toes, is that 25 miles southwest of Moab are the snow covered La Sal Mountains. A well kept secret, they are home to some amazing couloirs and Utah’s ever popular “greatest snow on earth.”
Never missing an opportunity, we loaded up the truck and headed southwest for a full day of early morning corn skiing and mountain biking in the desert’s afternoon sun.