Here are a few tips for making your trip safe and enjoyable.

Map out your trip before you go, and let someone else know where you are going and when you plan to be back.Try to hike in territory known to you on your first few outings. Familiarize yourself with new areas by reading maps and talking to others who have hiked or skiied there before.

Respect the rights of landowners. There are many cabins along the Wasatch back country. Give these a wide berth and let the owners enjoy their privacy.

Keeping warm can mean staying alive as well as comfortable. Dress in layers that can be peeled off when your body heats up.

Wear wool or wool blend socks which retain their insulating power even when wet. Carry an extra pair in your pack. Wear gaiters or ski pants to keep snow out of your boots.

Pack along a waterproof tarp to sit on - there are no dry places to sit on a winter hike.

Handwarmers are a nice luxury and can help keep fingers nimble. The new disposable type are inexpesive and work well.

Bring along some food for energy and especially remember to carry an adequate water supply.

The exertions of winter hiking can create a heavy thirst and many beginning hikers bring too little water or none at all.

Above all else, follow the minimum impact rule. Respect the wildlife and the trees.

Take nothing from the back country but photos and memories. Leave nothing behind but ski tracks and footprints.