The 4th 2nd Annual Frank Ski Competition had all the elements of the rock n’ roll lifestyle that was hot-dog skiing in the 80s. Tight pants, mule kicks, inverted debauchery and sunny skies made for an epic competition. We saw 2 skiers cruise the course in tandem, crotch to crotch and it was fabulous.
McConkey style switch fronts were thrown. Naked skiers took zipper bump lines. Ski ballet was even performed on the upper bowl. The skiers who participated truly killed it this year. Several huge kickers were built, with a tall quarter pipe and a tunnel. Twas quite the sight to see. Don’t miss it next year!
Starting tomorrow at the Wildcat Base, Alta and the Deep Powder House will be hosting their yearly demo day. Offering FREE next-year demos from over 33 of the industries top ski manufactures this is an event you won’t want to miss. According to Alta,
Join us at the Wildcat Base on April 6th, for Alta in April’s Free Demo Day! Leave your old skis at home and get an early look at what some of the biggest ski companies are going to offer next season! Last year 33 companies brought skis to test and we are hoping for even more options this year! In association with the Alta Ski Shop and the Powder House Ski Shops and as a part of the 2 weeklong “Alta in April” celebration of the end of another great winter at Alta Ski Area, we invite you to enjoy sales on apparel, as well as live music at the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge.
Some of the ski companies attending include: Rossignol, Salomon, VÖLKL, Armada Skis, Tecnica, Blizzard, Dynastar, 7Mile, Fischer, Faction, Meier, Head, Big Wood, Atomic, Line, K2, Deviation, ON3P, DPS, H2O Outdoor, Gear, Moment, Soul Poles, 4Frnt, and Ramp.
Don’t miss your chance to try out those skis you’ve been dreaming about! See you tomorrow!
What a difference a couple of days can make! This past Sunday felt like mid winter and now today we’re looking at valley temps reaching into the 80′s! Fortunately conditions at Alta are remaining better than you’d expect. Alta Ski Patrol has almost the entire mountain open including the Baldy Chutes. The snow up high is staying soft and shredy but down low the snow is complete mank. We found great turns on Baldy Shoulder and in the Nest but the best conditions looked to be in the Castle and the Baldy Chutes. The forecast this week looks to stay warm so grab your skis and get your tan on!
Conditions at Alta held strong today at fruckin’ awesome. It’s been quite a week in the Wasatch and today was no exception. Baldy Shoulder and Backside opened up and looked fantastic although I chose to head right out to the side-country. Local gnar-shredders were hucking their meat in Rocky. I saw some butter and some flipping, the conditions were perfect for it. Patsey Marley was skiing fast and bottomless. We ventured into Eagle’s Nest and found great snow late in the afternoon hours. Next storm comes Saturday!
The past two days at Alta have been epic-ly deep. Yesterday skiers were treated to blue bird skies and face-shots while today skiers were surprised with 9″ overnight when only 1-3″ were predicted. It dumped all day and the entire mountain was completely empty. Not much opened but with free refills every run no one was complaining. As of 4:00 Alta is reporting a storm total of 16″ with more to come tonight! Call in sick now!
Alta received 16″ of fresh out of this weeks storm making for some primo skiing conditions. Backside opened up early on in the morning and was absolutely shredding. Baldy Shoulder and Devil’s Castle remained closed all day but the rest of the mountain was skiing so good you didn’t really notice. People were throwing down in Rocky Point and Patsey Marley was skiing silky smooth from top to bottom. The forecast for tomorrow looks to be HOT, HOT, HOT with more stormy weather returning for Sunday. Bring it on Spring!
We’re one day closer to Frank this morning and I can hardly wait. If you missed the past couple of years be sure to check out Lightpole.com’s recent edit of last year’s festivities. A precursor to the annual High Boy party, Frank’s starts earlier in the day with a 70′s style ski competition where old school is the new school. Founded by Alta legend, Mike Trioli, Frank is a true testament to what sparked the beginning of freestyle skiing.
Starting around noon-ish on April 20th skiers will showcase their innermost Frank and attempt to impress the judges for their chance to be crowned #1 Frank. Held on Alta’s Punch Bowl run off of the Wild Cat lift, party-goers will congregate on Punk Rock to spectate the competition. The event usually lasts until 3 pm giving skiers a chance to catch the High Boy party as well. Come one, come all. Don’t miss it!
Frank World Classic Ski Competition from LIGHTPOLE on Vimeo.
It was a sleeper pow day–we fell asleep last night thinking maybe 1″-3″ and slept in accordingly. By 9am there was 9″ of fresh overnight and we were too late. Fortunately snowfall continued intermittently throughout the day and conditions stayed fun late into the afternoon. There was a crusty layer present and slopes that had slides or heavy tracks were becoming hard-packed but if you looked around the powder was deep and fluffy. Visibility was hit or miss but improved as the day progressed. The entire mountain, besides the Castle, was open before noon. Conditions will likely remain soft and shredtastic throughout the day tomorrow!
Starting this Thursday (3/20) Alta Community Enrichment will be hosting it’s yearly Snowflake Festival. This four day festival will help Alta raise money for Friends of Alta, Alta Community Enrichment (ACE), and the Alta Historical Society.
Kicking things off will be a Gnome Hunt followed by live music and a yoga class with Stacy Peterson. Friday there will be a Grease themed dance party with DJ Velvet and a number of field activities including a biathlon and a snowball throwing contest. Saturday is One Piece Ski Outfit Day and your chance to ski with a ranger for free on the Cecret Lift. Wrapping things up on Sunday is the Chili Cookoff and the Snowflake Festival raffle drawing.
For a full list of activities and times check out ACE’s website here. You can donate to the cause online here. Come celebrate Alta next weekend and help raise money for the mountain you love!
The 14″ that fell at Alta in the past 24 hours hooked the place up. It was light, fluffy, and playful. Keyhole was delightful, all areas to the left and right have filled in completely. We spun a lap out onto Rocky Point and Patsey Marley that skied incredibly well. Not many skiers were hitting up the slackcountry as of 3:30pm so there are plenty of untracked lines to be had tomorrow. The snow is fast and soft, with some spots still having a lower layer of crust that doesn’t really affect your rhythm due to all the soft snow that abounds. It’s looking like we’re in for an extended dry period so get your pow laps in tomorrow! )