Today’s sneak attack mini-storm didn’t exactly create a powder filled paradise but it did a great job providing some soft turns in the otherwise spent snow conditions. With most of Alta’s terrain closed down your options were limited but shots off of Tower 10 were skiing exceptionally well with powder bumps softening every turn all the way to the bottom. Lone Pine and High Boy were holding snow all day and if you looked for it Westward Ho was rewarding generously.
The more exciting news is our 7-day forecast. Strong storms are forecasted to hit Alta starting Saturday night with 1-2′ predicted by Tuesday. Another storm is set to impact Utah Christmas Eve. Hello white Christmas!
Andrew Pollard and his sister Jacqueline have had the fortunate opportunity to grow up in the town of Alta. With their parents Tom and Kate, Andrew and Jacqueline have lived every ski bum’s dream: to have a powder filled playground in your backyard.
Managing the Rustler Lodge for 20+ years Tom and Kate have raised their family to appreciate the mountains and the amazing space we all love to call home, Alta. Check out this edit from Tecnica Blizzard to see what growing up in Alta will do to your skiing. Shred on Pollards!
With the recently opened Supreme lift Alta skiers now have access into Rocky Point’s endless pow lines. Skiers were getting after it today making laps from Sunset to B Frame. The snow was soft and deep but coverage could still use a few more storms.
Patrol opened Baldy Shoulder and lower Backside as well this morning and both were skiing great but quickly got tracked out. Now all we need is access into Eagle’s Nest and the rest of North Rustler and we’ll be sitting pretty as far as open terrain options. Forecast is calling for a storm tomorrow but isn’t looking too strong. Let’s hope Saturday’s storm delivers!
The conditions at Alta the past couple of days have been phenomenal especially after spending the past two weeks skiing groomers and hard pack. This weekends storm actually performed better than forecasted with a storm total of 14″. Unfortunately after running into gopro malfunctions we have no footage to show how well Alta was skiing today.
There was a limited amount of terrain open but luckily patrol opened the Jitterbug bootpack providing some untouched Greely laps well into the day. Hopefully tomorrow Catherine’s will open giving us access to the always deep Rocky Point. Our weather is looking somewhat promising for the next week with storms forecasted to hit Utah Wednesday and Saturday!
Local Alta ripper and super cool dude, Hayden Z Price, just released his Artisan edit filmed during his adventurers over the past couple of seasons. Growing up skiing at Alta has certainly polished Hayden’s shredding skills and this video is all the proof you need.
The opening line down Wolverine Cirque is pure nastiness and his trenching turns down Superior will make any skier drool. From the looks of it he also travels to BC and AK where his unique style flourishes in the land of steep and deep. Check out the vid below and get stoked for another shreddy season at Alta!
This Saturday, December 13, 2014 Alta Ski Resort in conjunction with K2 and Shejumps.org will be hosting the International Women’s Ski Day. Running from 11 am-3pm female skiers are asked to meet at the base of the Collins lift for a day shredding on the slopes. Additonal meetup times are as follows: 11 am – Collins lift for introduction and welcome. 1 pm – Albion for lunch and group picture. 3 pm – Collins for a girl mob run!
According to K2:
IWSD will be an unforgettable day of skiing for women of all ages and abilities. Plans of “girlbombing” lift line runs, group photos, costumes, tutus, unicorns, and apres are all in the works.
Apres ski will be held at either the GMD or Peruvian Bars. The weather looks to be bringing some fresh pow so get those skis tuned and prepare to get your girl on!
At this year’s Powder Awards Cody Townsend took home the Line of the Year award. Featured in Matchstick Productions film, Days of My Youth, Cody sends it down an extremely tight almost never-ending couloir. Filmed in the Tordrillo Mountains in south-central Alaska, Cody seems hesitant at first but then decides to go for it making a few high-speed turns at the top and then pointing it to the bottom. Once out of the couloir he screams “that was the scariest thing I’ve ever done.” Check out the video below to see why!
The skiing at Alta right now could use a little help from Mother Nature. Finding 3-4 fresh turns requires a long traverse, boot pack, or sidestep and even then you’re still questioning weather or not it was worth the effort. Groomers are still skiing ok with grippy snow dotted with icy patches.
The best snow we found today was in Baldy Shoulder and lower Rustler 4. Untracked snow is still skiing creamy but it’s certainly hard to find. Our next storm forecasted for Friday night doesn’t look too potent but every little bit helps.
Alta only received 2″ of thick Sierra cement yesterday but after some previous wind buffing days the fresh snow actually went a long way. Skiing off of the Jitterbug bootpack provided some great low angle pow turns in Greely but with nothing else opened it was hard to consider hiking it again. Luckily Baldy shoulder was skiing great with much less of a hike to find the goods. Even Bad News was skiable if you picked your line wisely.
West Rustler was also smooth and fast but a little chundary down low if you were carrying much speed. Forecast looks bleak for the next week with possibly a storm arriving on our doorstep sometime around the 12th of December. Let’s hope winter ramps up soon!
If you’re unfamiliar with Alta’s Wild Cat area this video will certainly show you where the goods are. Skiing superstar Sage Cattabriga-Alosa sends it off every feature with style and grace and talks about why he fell in love with Alta and it’s Wild Cat lift. Definitely one of Alta’s unkept secrets, Wild Cat holds snow well into the afternoon and provides a playground of hits and lips. Be sure to check out Wild Cat this season especially once the rest of the mountain has been scraped bare.