Chad's Gap

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Chad's Gap
Chad's Gap - Candide Thovex.jpg
Candide Thovex clearing Chad's Gap,
January 1999
LocationGrizzly Gulch,
Little Cottonwood Canyon,
Salt Lake County, Utah
United States
RangeWasatch Range
Coordinates40°35′46″N 111°37′16″W / 40.596029°N 111.621132°W / 40.596029; -111.621132Coordinates: 40°35′46″N 111°37′16″W / 40.596029°N 111.621132°W / 40.596029; -111.621132

Chad's Gap is a 120-foot (37 m) backcountry gap located in the Wasatch Mountains, approximately 0.6 miles (0.97 km) northeast of Alta Ski Area, in northern Utah, United States. One version of the structure's discovery has it that Chad Zurinskas, a local Utah resident after whom the gap was purportedly named, discovered it as a gap between two piles of mine tailings in 1999 and arranged with filmmaker Kris Ostness to make the first successful jump. The first successful jump was done by Candide Thovex.[1][2]

Chad's Gap in summer


  1. ^ Rozendaal, Steve (20 Jun 2012). "How Chad's Gap became skiing's most iconic jump spot". Retrieved 3 Dec 2016.
  2. ^ "14 year old skier jumps Chad's Gap – 120 feet". 4 Jan 2016. Retrieved 3 Dec 2016.

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