The skiing the past few days has been downright incredible! Even though the snow today was tracked up in most areas if you stuck to the shady spots like Baldy Shoulder the quality of the snow was still quite good. Rocky Point was untracked but had some serious wind hammering. On some aspects though it was deep.
All in all a nice sunny day with soft snow and fast groomers. Devil’s Castle didn’t open but it was looking very tasty. Maybe tomorrow is the day? High pressure for a few days ahead of a strong approaching storm for the weekend.
It was an unexpected country club day at Alta. Only 1″ reported overnight with a moderate amount forecasted to accumulate during the day didn’t sound epic. But the road closed at 10:30 this morning and the snow was actually smooth and bottomless. It wasn’t deep but any hard or bumpy layer wasn’t present.
It looks like we’re going to be treated to a bluebird pow day tomorrow and with nothing opening today it should be another epic one for the record books.
Yesterday was the storm day. Today the skies cleared and for the first couple hours we had ourselves a legit bluebird pow day. Only 4″ overnight but it felt deeper on most runs. The snow was a bit heavier so even after getting tracked up it still stayed smooth.
There was some upside-down snow on Backside and Baldy Shoulder. But we’re not complaining. Untracked and fresh made for an amazing day up at Alta. The lift lines were almost non-existent. Plus Alta Ski Patrol was on top of openings with Backside, Keyhole and the Shoulder opening somewhat quickly. The Shoulder however shut down 30 minutes after opening the reason for is still unknown to us.
Over the past few days Alta has seen some of it’s best conditions all season. From blower pow to dense hero cream skiers have been spoiled all weekend. Alta Ski Patrol did a great job staying on top of all the new snow and had plenty of terrain open for everyone to enjoy.
This morning no matter where you went you could ski as fast as you wanted. It felt like every slope had been groomed to perfection. Backside and Keyhole took top honors but it really didn’t matter where you decided to drop in today. You couldn’t go wrong. The forecast continues to look great with two more storms predicted for the coming days. Get it!
The past few days at Alta have been absolutely amazing. The 16″ that recently fell were light and fluffy and with no winds associated with the storms the powder skiing couldn’t be better. Inbounds, most slopes are pretty tracked out but Alta’s slackcountry is still skiing exceptionally powy.
Devil’s Castle opened today for the first time this season but was only a partial opening and not really worth the hike after the first 30 minutes. The forecast doesn’t look great but we still have shots at snow later in the week. Check out Saturday and Sunday’s edits below!
The 3rd Annual Shreddit Showdown ski movie contest details have just been released and the prizes are certainly worth chasing after. Everything from Blizzard skis and Technica boots to Flylow outerwear and Smith helmets/goggles are up for the taking. There’s even a separate people’s choice award category where Gopro’s and BCA Float Airbag Packs are awarded to the winners.
Movies must have skiing as the central theme and must not exceed three minutes in length. Video Entries will be accepted starting January 1st, 2016. The last day to submit your edit is March 12th, 2016. Voting starts on March 13th, 2016 and closes on March 19th, 2016 at 11:59 pm! The premier of all the edits and awards ceremony will be held at the Tahoe City Art Haus in Tahoe City. Click here for more contest details and check out the event trailer and last year’s winning edit below!
The 4″ that fell overnight didn’t seem like it would be much to get excited over but add that to the 5″ that fell 48 hours earlier and you got yourself a legit pow day. Last night’s snow fell light and dry not really helping to cover up the ever-present bumps in Eagle’s Nest and High Boy.
Thankfully Alta Ski Patrol opened up Baldy Shoulder and Backside for the first time in a few days giving skiers access into terrain that easily had close to a foot of fresh on it. Turns were also exceptional in Rocky Point and Patsy Marley. The forecast is starting to look decent for tonight with another 8-12″ to hit the Cottonwoods by tomorrow night!
Outside of the low light viz the skiing wasn’t half bad today. The couple of inches that Alta reported overnight helped soften up the groomers and fill in the bumps off piste. Gunsight was skiing exceptionally smooth and powy along the sidewalls but required a lot of work through the gut.
The High T has been well maintained by Alta Ski Patrol and is virtually rockless all the way out. Groomers are super grippy and fun but the miscellaneous bumps that kept popping out of nowhere made it hard to stay in control. The forecast doesn’t look awesome but at least there’s a couple of mini-storms on our doorstep.
Alta’s annual torchlight parade is an event not to be missed. It’s the one and only time each season you get to ski Alta at night. This year a few changes have been made. As opposed to bringing a can of food to be donated to the Utah Food Bank a $10 lift ticket must be purchased (all proceeds go to the Utah Food Bank). Check out the full list of details below:
Celebrate the coming of the New Year! Torchlight Parade and bonfire.
- $10 entry fee. Tickets available at both the Wildcat and Albion ticket offices and at the Skier Services desk between December 27th and December 31st. On December 31st tickets will be available prior to the parade at the Wildcat Ticket Office until 5 PM.
- All proceeds from the evening will go to the Utah Food Bank.
- Collins lift will start loading at approximately 5:15 PM. Skiers will unload at the angle station.
- Participants will be allowed just one ride up Collins.
- Children need to be accompanied by an adult and will need to have their own headlights or flashlights. Torches will be available for adults. Creative light options are welcome!
- All participants need to be able to ski blue, more difficult terrain with confidence in low light conditions.The parade moves at a slow pace, so speed control is very important.
- Open containers not allowed on the lift.
It was a cold but beautiful day at Alta. Cloudy but sunny at times, and no wind. Most terrain is now open with the exception of Devil’s Castle and Supreme Bowl, but we chose to head into Alta’s side country.
Rocky Point from A Frame to C Frame slid to the ground. However the rest of the area was skiing great with soft powdery turns everywhere. Patsey Marley as well skied great and the rock coverage is fantastic for this early in the winter. Plenty of tracks still to be had out there and with no major storms in the forecast there’s no reason not to venture out now!