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! )
The new Gopro 3+ Black is an amazing camera but is it worth the upgrade? If you already own a Hero 3, probably not. Looking at the specs you’ll notice that not much has changed. There are some cool new features but likely not enough to make it worth shelling out another $400.
The new Hero 3+ doesn’t upgrade upon any resolution or fps settings besides simply offering you more options to pick from. The key upgrades include Super View, longer battery life, and better low light performance. The Super View option gives you a 20% wider viewing angle which in my experience is highly noticeable and produces a very cool image when using it in a POV setting. The increased low light performance works great on those socked in days as the camera is now able to automatically adjust it’s fps settings based on the lighting. The battery life has also been improved greatly giving you 30% longer running time than the Hero 3.
Overall I am very pleased with the Hero 3+ as it was well worth the upgrade from the Hero 2. If you recently purchased a Hero 3 I would recommend waiting until next year when Gopro plans to release the Hero 4. Rumor has it this model will offer double the frames per second on all resolution settings!
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At this point in the season most Alta skiers are starting to get used to Sierra-like snow storms. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen some blower but it’s hard to complain when systems keep rolling through every other day. The 5″ that fell last night did a great job masking the hard bumps and did a fantastic job freshening up the mountain.
Lines off of West Rustler seemed to be staying the smoothest while North facing aspects bumped up early on. Backside opened up in the morning but Baldy Shoulder remained closed all day. The skiing should still be fantastic tomorrow and with blue bird skies forecasated it’ll be another great day to come ski Alta!
Alta only reported 3″ this afternoon but it still felt like a pow day. With the weekend crowd gone slopes stayed snowy all day. There were some hit or miss spots of hard pack but the fluff predominantly prevailed. Viz was low for most of the day but the sun popped out towards the final chair. Skies look to be clearing tomorrow but another system should be on our doorstep for Thursday night. Keep it coming!
Skiers everywhere were eager to get some after Alta saw a 25″ storm total this weekend. Parking lots were full and lift lines were long. Thankfully the skiing was worth the wait. Alta Ski Patrol opened Backside early in the morning but had problems getting Baldy Shoulder open until later in the afternoon.
The fresh snow wasn’t exactly blower Utah pow but it did the trick. North facing slopes seemed to stay a little softer and less thick then conditions elsewhere but pretty much everywhere you skied was holding decent snow. The forecast is looking great with two more storms scheduled to impact LCC on Tuesday and Thursday. Winter aint over yet!
If you haven’t tuned in to Alta’s new radio station yet you’re missing out. Playing crunchy tunes from The Grateful Dead to A Tribe Called Quest, Alta Radio will satisfy everyone’s taste. Not only does Alta Radio bring you commercial free setlists but it also provides Alta news, weather, and canyon reports. Available for online streaming only you can still take Alta radio with you everywhere you go via a smartphone. I’ve been plugging mine into my car stereo and rocking out. For more information check out their Facebook page here or start listening now here!
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Alta’s conditions weren’t exactly bad earlier this week but with 7″ falling as of closing they just got a lot better. At the time of this report Alta is up to 11″ and the forecast for this weekend is looking fantastic!
Pretty much everywhere today was skiing great and considering it was dumping the viz was actually pretty good as well. There was an icy layer in spots but with plenty of pow pillows to dump speed in it really didn’t matter. Get some sleep tonight. It’s gonna be a powy morning tomorrow!
With sunny skies and smooth conditions I decided to roll the dice and sample the goods a few weeks early. Supposed to wait until mid March but my leg has been feeling good and I couldn’t resist any longer. The skiing was grippy and chalky off of the High T but a little bumpy yet creamy on Baldy Shoulder. Didn’t get a chance to check out the newly opened Devil’s Castle but from the looks of it it’s been filling in nicely. The forecast is looking fantastic with snow predicted every day for the next week! Gets those boards waxed!
Alta Ski Area has a plethora of top notch runs that can compete with any ski resort in North America. Trying to break them down into the top 10 isn’t easy. I’ve definitely left many out but on any given pow day if you end up on one of the runs listed below you will be grinning from cheek to cheek.
#1 High Boy – Otherwise known as High Rustler, this shot is the crown jewel of runs on any given powder day. Dropping 2,000 vertical feet right in view of the Collins lift line, this run will not only give you the chance to show off your skills but will also treat you to one of Alta’s most iconic runs.
#2 Main Chute – Rarely opens but when Ski Patrol drops the gate at the EBT skiers everywhere on the mountain flock to this steep chute. A right of passage for any tourist looking for a run to brag about, this is the Corbet’s Couloir of Alta!
#3 Eddie’s High Nowhere – Hard to catch fresh but if you’re one of the first 10 people dropping in to this line you’ll be rewarded with the most back to back pow turns on the mountain. Skiers beware though, accessing this run requires some serious traversing skills.
#4 Patsey Marley – Technically not considered part of Alta’s inbounds terrain it still deserves a spot on the top 10 list. Accessed from the Supreme lift and less than an hour hike, skiers are treated to guaranteed untracked lines all day long.
#5 Eagle’s Nest – Easily one of the best areas on the mountain during a storm day. The perfectly spaced trees provide great viz when the rest of the mountain is socked in. Hidden chutes and cliffs are scattered all over the place but you’ll need a local to find them.
#6 Bad News – A great spot for huckers to tee off without having to travel out into Rocky Point to find soft landings. Filled with everything from double-stagers to 80 footers this is the zone to show off how ballsy you are.
#7 West Buffler – Actually called West Rustler this area consists of a number of tree chutes that on the right day can quickly keep a skier coming back run after run. Winds will sweep across refilling and buffing out everyone’s tracks before they are even out of their turn.
#8 Westward Ho – If you’re looking for a natural slopestyle course this is the place. Perfect lips, hits, and cliffs are scattered all over this area. Not only can you test your jibbing skills here but if the rest of the mountain is shredded you can still find untouched tracks even on last chair.
#9 Devil’s Castle – Normally remaining closed days after the last storm this area will give you a shot for redemption if you were stuck at work during the last dump. Wide open bowls drop away from Alta’s most picturesque rock walls providing some of the most stunning views of the resort.
#10 Supreme Bowl – Short but sweet, this area contains some of Alta’s most defined chutes. A quick hike from the Supreme Lift will take you to the goods where you’ll find a plethora of steep couloirs and fantastic snow conditions.
Bonus Run: Keyhole - Although technically part of Snowbird’s terrain, this area is more conveniently accessed through Alta’s gates. Positioned right off the Wildcat lift, when Patrol drops this gate you better be ready. You’ll find some of the deepest turns of your life in these shots and with Snowbird skiers having to work twice as hard to access it these lines will stay fresh well into the afternoon.
The snow that has been accumulating at Alta the past couple of weeks has been wet and dense. Towards the base it has gotten manky, grabby, and annoying. It has been a very wet (for Alta’s standards) storm, but also very beneficial. Traverses and tight rocky chutes are filling in all over the mountain and landings are solidifying.
As for today, the wind kicked up and West Buffler was in FULL effect. Skiers were absolutely shredding the entire west face and hour after hour the shredding continued. You could ski from the High T to the bottom of Jitterbug in under a minute easy. Haven’t seen the edit yet but it should tell the tale. The skiing was very fun today. More snow to come all weekend long!