Forecasters called for 3-6″ in the Cottonwoods but Mother Nature treated us to a few extra with a storm total of 8″. Skies were cloudy and filled with flurries for most of the morning with the sun poking it’s head out in the afternoon. Most gates opened early on except for Devil’s Castle and the Baldy Chutes.
Keyhole seemed to be holding the deepest snow but coverage has really suffered back there over the past month. Baldy Shoulder and Backside were skiing great early on but quickly got chopped up by the large crowds. Forecast looks decent with two more storms expected to impact Alta tomorrow night and Monday night. Keep it coming!
I did miss yesterday which contained a little less sunshine than today so I might have missed the #1 worst day of the season but I certainly caught #2 today. The High-T is now closed due to the recent drop in temperatures creating a bulletproof sheet of ice across the whole face. Groomers are currently harder than they are not fun. Devil’s Castle is beat to death with very few options to enjoy yourself.
Tombstone is the only area we found that had a slightly grippy buff layer but it’s hardly enough to keep you coming back for more. Our one saving grace might be the warmer temps forecasted to hit Wednesday and Thursday. If things can corn up a bit it may be worth skiing again.
The Discrete Video Challenge is quickly approaching it’s 4th round. Held at the Peruvian Lodge every 2nd and 4th Thursday, this video contest has already showcased some serious talent. Prize packages have included gear from Backcountry.com, Salomon, Kuhl, DPS, 2nd Track Sports and Volkl along with day passes to both Alta and Jackson Hole.
Follow the links to check out the winners of Round 1 and Round 2 and be sure to watch the video below from the winner of Round 3. The next contest starts February 26th and runs from 5-8 pm. Enter your videos now!
Yesterday East Castle opened for the first time this season. Unfortunately I couldn’t ski and missed it’s opening but today’s leftovers weren’t half bad. There were plenty of fresh tracks still to be had and the snow quality was creamy and soft.
Bringing our skins made all the difference for our hip flexors, eliminating the 1,000 side steps you have to make otherwise. There were very few people out hiking it so there should be plenty of good turns left for Valentine’s Day. Grab your honey and get out for a romantic Alta hike!
5″ of dense snow fell at Alta in the past 24 hours and that’s all we needed. Except for West Rustler, all areas were skiing soft, fast and grippy. The deepest snow we found was on upper Eagle’s Nest where several face-shots were happily accepted. Backside was smooth top to bottom, Devil’s Castle still had untracked turns into the afternoon, and Baldy Shoulder had plenty of untouched smooth dense snow.
The entire mountain today was fun and fast. Smallish airs were good-to-go and speed could be taken with relative ease. The conditions were holding late into the afternoon so tomorrow should be more of the same as the sun for almost the entire day stayed behind the clouds. Go get it!
Yesterday’s Freeride Competition at Snowbird was not one to miss. Despite the hardpack conditions athletes were hucking their meat and blasting turns top to bottom. All of the top three men’s spots belonged to Alta and Snowbird locals. First place going to Grant Howard, second place to Lars Chickering Ayers, and third place to Andrew Pollard. All three runs were super fluid with everything from 40 footers to 360’s thrown in all the way to the bottom.
The womens’s top spots belonged to Ashley Bembenek, Kele Thorsen, and Alaina Huestis. The ladies put on quite the show as well throwing down super tight lines at high speeds with multiple airs. The next stop on the Subaru Freeride Series takes us to Telluride, CO on March 4-8. It will be broadcast live here. Don’t miss it!
Record breaking temps have plagued our winter for weeks now but it’s hard to complain when conditions are still skiing as good as they are. Alta Ski Patrol opened the gates to Main Chute and Devil’s Castle today providing some extremely ripping turns.
Main Chute skied super chalky and face-shotty earning it the top spot for today. The rest of the mountain skied exceptionally great as well with plenty of wind-buffed smooth surfaces to crank turns on. The forecast for early this week looks good with another 4-7″ predicted for Monday however temps look to be on the rise again for the rest of the week.
Last night’s 3″ refresher continued to help improve Alta’s conditions. Skies were beautiful all day with the sun poking it’s head out here and there. Mid-mountain temps were extremely warm for this time of year causing the snow to set up pretty quickly, especially once there were tracks in it.
Most areas were skiing creamy and fast with a surprisingly limited amount of bumps forming. Baldy Shoulder and Devil’s Castle remained closed all day so make sure you get up there tomorrow for the rest of the freshies.
Alta only reported 2″ from today’s storm but up high you could easily find areas where there was 3-4″. Considering the drought over the past 3 weeks this measly storm was something to get excited about. Alta’s preexisting smooth slopes enabled the few wet inches to go a long way making for some very entertaining skiing.
Backside’s creamy smooth slopes won top honors today. From the High Notch to the Rosso Gate, fantastic turns lasted right to the end. Thirds and High Boy skied ok but you couldn’t point it like you could on Backside. The forecast is looking decent with more snow predicted through Wednesday!
Highway 210 has to be one of the most iconic Alta films out there. Produced close to a decade ago the film does a great job capturing the essence of Alta and why it draws countless ski bums to it’s slopes. Deep pow shot after deep pow shot leads in to massive huck after massive huck. The film covers all of Alta’s greats…Baldy, Rocky Point, Keyhole, Wolverine Cirque, etc., etc.
The flick is cut up in to three parts. The first part starts with some great old school shots from Alta’s early days and transitions in to modern day trenching face-shots. The second part continues to introduce many of Alta’s locals entrenched in over-the-head conditions. Make sure you stay tuned for part three as it has some extremely entertaining fails that are definitely worth a watch. Enjoy!