Who We Are / Give Us a Holler

Dwight (left) and Charlie Butler, owners of Wasatch Touring

Charlie (left) and Dwight Butler, owners of Wasatch Touring.
 
For Dwight Butler, it all started with a snowstorm. "My brother [Charlie] and I hopped on a plane with a couple of friends from high school to ski Utah’s famous powder snow. It was April 1968. The headlights illuminated nothing but snow flakes as we made our way up Little Cottonwood Canyon. By the time we arrived at the Peruvian lodge, the road up the canyon was closed. As the avalanche danger grew, the Alta village closed, and interlodge was put in place. We spent our first day at the Peruvian Bar soaking up tales of deep powder skiing and watching Alf and Svere Engen share old-time ski movies. The next morning, the canyon was still closed. The mountain was all ours – with 48 inches of snow in the last 48 hours! This was a classic Wasatch snowstorm. We were changed that day, as we bounded through over-the-head champagne powder. Growing up in Minnesota, we knew about cross country skiing but only in the rolling terrain and on the frozen lakes. During breaks from college, we would make our way back to the mountains at every opportunity. Our search for untracked powder led us to ski touring, using light wood skis and leather boots to find skiing that could only be accessed by human power. Charlie had an idea that would change our lives forever – return to Utah and open a backcountry specialty shop with rental skis that would allow us to share with others the thrill of skiing in the Wasatch backcountry. In the fall of 1972 we loaded a Chevy panel truck and moved to Salt Lake City to open Wasatch Touring, the first backcountry ski shop in the state of Utah. This yearning to return to the mountains and share more adventures charted our course for the next four decades.First we only sold Nordic skis and closed the shop in the summer. We worked construction to make ends meet but continued to explore Utah’s diverse landscapes with bikes, kayaks and backpacks. After three winter seasons, we made the decision to stay open year round. A demo fleet was established in every sport so that we could test out what was new each year and share the fun with others. With the help of a knowledgeable staff and tools, we developed a shop that can service repair & fit almost everything we sell and use to access our local trails. Over the years we have seen the styles and gear change. What has not changed is the Wasatch Touring mission: 'To share the joy of exploring Utah’s trails, rocks and waterways.' Our passion for outdoor adventure, our commitment to the community and our love affair with Utah will continue."
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Staff

Picture Dylan has worked for Wasatch Touring since 2013, rising from salesperson and mechanic to shop manager.  If you've bought a bike or had a ski waxed or a boat mended in the last six years, there's a good chance that Dylan's warm greeting, calm professionalism, dedication to service, and trucker hat played a pivotal role in making your experience the best that it could be.  Unflappable, enamored of gear, pro in all things, Dylan's been getting more people out on the snow, on the mountain, and in the river than anyone in the Wasatch.  He is determined to make your experience at Wasatch Touring and in the Wasatch range unforgettable.
Since 2008, our office manager, Lisen, has been the steady hand at the wheel for Wasatch.  The most senior employee who isn't a mechanic or a Butler, Lisen curates the fantastic selection of merchandise that makes Wasatch Touring such an exciting place to spend some time.  Lisen has been instrumental in keeping Wasatch Touring current in both gear and tech and has supervised the hiring of the excellent staff greeting you when you walk in the door.  Dedicated to the outdoors and to the customers of Wasatch Touring, she's the reason that we have the wonderful staff and selection that we have.
Assistant manager Mike has worked for the store since 2017 but he's already left his mark on the shop's culture.  A true gear-head with an infectious love of a good time, Mike brings his creativity and passion with him every day to the shop.  He knows the backcountry like an old hand and sends it with gusto whether on a bike or skis.  Whether bikepacking, trail riding, ski touring, fly fishing, gravel racing, or rock climbing, Mike's a true outdoorsman with a wealth of experience and a love of sharing his knowledge.
Picture Our head mechanic, Shawn, has been with us since 1998 and has only gotten better and better.  If you have weird, ancient disc brakes that need a bleed, he's your guy.  Problem with the ebike?  Shawn's on it.  No, he doesn't just look like a wizard.  He's also the most conscientious bike mechanic on the Wasatch Front, willing to deliver both the good and bad news.  Bring in your bike or skis and feel the magic.
Picture Lou has been with us since 1995 and the odds are pretty good that if you've toured with two other people since then, he's mounted at least one of their skis.  Lou is a truly gifted mechanic and it's no wonder that he has his own loyal following among Wasatch range bikers and skiers.

 

 

  

 

 

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