The big story of the day is the opening of Alta’s High Traverse. All areas from Gunsight to High Boy from the top are now open for business. Rocks are everywhere on skier’s left Thirds so stay to Gunsight-side for less hazardous skiing. Lines are starting to fill in all over the mountain, however rocks and fallen trees can still be found just about anywhere. The High-T itself is pretty rocky but there are several passable routes. Snow that hasn’t seen a track is soft and fluffy. Tracked snow has definitely reached the “packed powder” stage but no worries a new storm is on our doorstep for Saturday.
A big thank you to Mike Fillnow for the footage and report!
There wasn’t much open today at Alta but it didn’t matter. With an empty parking lot and 13″ of fresh pow you could find good skiing everywhere. The High-T and Baldy Shoulder remained closed all day but shots off of Tower 10 provided the goods lap after lap, or so I was told. Ended most of my season on my first lap nailing a stump off of a small cat track at the bottom of High Boy. Broke both my tibia and fibula so I will be handing the filming torch over to my brother Mike. Stay tuned for more updates from his eyes as the season progresses. We’ll see you all in February or March!
This years Alta gear swap begins Saturday, December 7th at 8:00 am and runs until 6:00 pm. Held at Our Lady Of The Snows this will be an event you won’t want to miss if your still looking for any last minute gear options. You’ll find everything you’re looking for and at a great price!
For those of you who want to sell gear please drop it off anytime on Friday December 6th between 3:00-7:00 pm or Saturday morning between 8:00- 9:30 am. Please include tax and Ace’s 20% portion so that you don’t receive less than your expecting when you go to pick up your cash. There will also be a $1 charge for each piece of gear you enter and you can pick up your unsold gear or money anytime Saturday between 4:00-7:0 pm. The swap is free to enter for anyone looking to buy so come up next weekend and grab those new pow boards you’ve been drooling over all summer!
Conditions off-piste at Alta are holding steady at skiable. The Tower 10 traverse past West Rustler has sections reduced to pure rock and dirt. But if you’re feeling adventurous the skiing out that way (High Boy) is chalky and lonely but not icy. Groomers aren’t half-bad either with pockets of soft snow on the shoulders. Slopes that are in the sun have been softening up nicely by midday. The bottom line is Utah needs more snow, which is on it’s way starting Sun-Mon of next week. Inversions are building in the valley so my suggestion: get on up here and enjoy the fresh air while waiting for the fresh pow.
The Alta 2013 opening day was spectacular! They opened with four lifts (Collins, Wild Cat, Sugarloaf, Sunnyside) and tons of terrain. Unfortunately the High T remained closed all day but probably for good reason considering the low snow pack. Patrol bombed the crap out of Baldy Shoulder for most of the morning but never managed to get it open. They were definitely setting off quite a few slides so it really wasn’t too surprising that they kept it closed.
What terrain they did open however skied great. The fresh snow from the past week provided a decent base for venturing out along Tower 10 and tapping into Lone Pine, High Boy, and Stonecrusher…which all skied fantastic. Wild Cat had a delayed opening this morning but started spinning around 10am. This coming weeks forecast doesn’t look very snowy but I’m sure it will turn around soon enough. Enjoy Alta this weekend everyone!
This Friday, November 22nd, Alta Community Enrichment will be hosting a welcome to winter dance party and slide show. Doors open at 6:30pm and the free slide show begins at 7:00. Immediately following the slide show DJ Velvet will be hosting a dance party for a cover charge of $5. The dance party costume theme is snow camo so dress to impress.
There will also be a big drawing with prizes from multiple sponsors. Raffle tickets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5. The photographers that will be featured include Steve Lloyd, Re Wikstorm, Philip Potter, Brett Korpela, Steven Gelb, Mike Scirf, DubSatch Collective, Leo Ahrens & Matt Crawley. Come celebrate Alta’s opening day and get ready for an epic season!
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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen some decent snowfall but north-facing aspects are still holding on to some decent snow. South-facing slopes however are pretty much bone dry at this point, even up high. We foolishly chose to ski Regal Chute to Rustler 4. The snow was actually pretty soft but the many rocks were not. Regal had much better coverage than Rustler 4 but that’s not really saying much. The Wasatch snow forecast is starting to look up with a storm predicted to hit this weekend. Alta opens a week from this Friday (November 22nd!) and we need some love from Mother Nature. See you on the hill!
This season Alta and Snowbird will be offering half-priced AltaBird tickets (Alta’s Boarding Pass Deal) to anyone who plans to ski within 24 hours of arriving into Salt Lake City’s international airport. For only $52.50 ($34.50 for children) skiers can get their pow on within minutes of landing at both Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. Just preregister here and then bring your boarding pass and photo ID to any Alta or Snowbird ticket office to receive your half-priced pass.
The skiing over the past few days at Alta hasn’t really stacked up to the conditions from last week. Alta received 3-4″ over the weekend but the strong winds and packed parking lot really took their tole on the more popular areas. High Boy skied decent yesterday but it’s wind affected slopes really didn’t allow you to dig in much. Main Chute today was pretty tracked out from the busy weekend crowd but still skied deep down low along the side walls. This weeks forecast looks somewhat active but no major accumulations are expected.