Alta’s opening day for the 2015-2016 season was better than expected. With only a 22″ base skiing off piste seemed sketchy. Fortunately the 3″ of dense graupel that fell last night made most open areas skiable.
Baldy Shoulder is filling in nicely with plenty of clean lines to be had. Runs off of Wild Cat are a little rocky down low but not bad up high in Punch Bowl and Warm Up. Tower 10 and the High T still have a ways to go but hopefully after our Thanksgiving storm we’ll be skiing everywhere. Get some this weekend!
Alta reported a storm total of 13″ and the new snow has done a great job of providing us with a base for opening day. Skiers and snowboarders were out in masses today and most lines were skied including Main Chute and High Boy. The base obviously isn’t there yet if you’re hoping to get away without a base-shot or two but getting back on snow has been well worth the ski abuse.
The lake effect that fell last night must have come with some winds as some slopes were a little wind affected causing the snow to feel much denser than yesterday. The forecast doesn’t look amazing by any means but there is another storm in the works for next Monday. Keep doing your snow dance!
As far as closing days go today was hard to beat. The 13″ that fell over the past 48 hours gave Winter one last chance at redemption. Alta skiers showed up in masses to shred some tracks one last time before the 2014-2015 season officially comes to a close.
The fresh snow, although very thick, skied great where it hadn’t been tracked but once the crud started to set up conditions quickly turned south. Luckily with the Sugarloaf lift closed shots back in there remained fresh all day. Alta even opened the Wildcat lift providing access into terrain that has remained closed since it started snowing.
I hope everyone enjoyed their season this year. Thanks again for all the support! Hopefully next year we finally see some snow. Until then have a great summer!
The best way to describe today’s turns is to imagine skiing in a video game. The snow was so thick and smooth you could fly around almost anywhere with the ability to dump speed at any moment. Early morning turns off of the High-T were more GS style than powderesque but the ability to take speed with so much confidence made today one of my top day’s of the season.
Pretty much everything is closed at this point. Only Collins and Sunnyside lifts remain open and none of Alta’s main gates opened today. Very few showed up to slash around for Alta’s closing weekend and I can only imagine tomorrow will see a similar showing. The forecast for tonight looks AMAZING with another 5-10″ tonight! Get it while you can!
This year’s 53rd Annual Frank World Classic Ski Competition was the place to be this past Sunday. With competitors throwing everything from high flying tricks to brutal crashes, spectators were treated to quite the show!
The venue wasn’t quite as done-up as last years with no tunnel or bump line to get creative in but the jumps were massive. Everything from misty 720’s to daffy-twister-spreads were being thrown and only one participant ended up getting hurt.
Frank hasn’t seen this many party-goers yet and the event only seems to be getting bigger and bigger. I hope everyone had a great time this year. Until next year’s Frank. Frank On!
This past storm saw the highest snow totals for the entire season. Yesterday was the storm day, where tracks were getting refilled run after run. Today the sun poked out and provided some of the best pow turns of the season. Unfortunately the High Traverse is very treacherous, with sloped icy patches that make it very difficult to navigate with any speed.
A lot of Alta’s terrain remained closed throughout both days. Baldy Shoulder and the Backside looked oh so tempting but the high winds last night and this morning made it tough to get anything open. Tomorrow looks to have untouched snow ready for the taking!
The scorching temps today did little to turn us away from the newly opened Main Chute and Devil’s Castle. With a foot of untouched fresh both areas were skiing fantastic. Devil’s Castle skied extremely smooth and buttery and was by far the place to be all day. Main Chute skied great early on but quickly manked up and was pretty sun affected by early afternoon.
The rest of the mountain is pretty beat up but still fun at lower speeds. The weekend looks to be sunny and warm and there’s definitely still some fluff left in the Castle Apron. Get it before the sun does!
Last night’s additional 4″ did wonders for Alta’s snowpack. The hard crusty layer is now barely noticeable and high speed turns are now good to go. Alta Ski Patrol had most gates open by mid morning helping to spread out the few people still skiing.
Backside and Baldy Shoulder held the top turns of the day with their silky smooth slopes and nonexistent bumps. Thirds and High Boy were skiing great well into the day as no one seems to want to tangle with the High T. A.M. routes are scheduled for both Devil’s Castle and Main Chute so if you missed today don’t miss tomorrow!
Alta hasn’t seen fresh snow in over two weeks. Not that going two weeks without fresh pow has been unusual this year but atleast it’s finally back. Unfortunately the 6″ we saw fall during the day today was not enough to cover up the crusty ice layer beneath.
If you stuck to low angle the snow skied great but the minute you stepped into some steeper terrain the soft turns quickly morphed into bumpy hard pack. The forecast is calling for snow to continue into tonight and tomorrow morning. An additional 3-5″ could certainly hide the firm-pack.
For the past 4 weekends Alta and SheJumps have been hosting the Boys & Girls Club of America. It’s been a very successful event with over 30 kids participating in it each week. Rentals are donated by the DPH ski shop and Alta and SheJumps takes care of the rest.
SheJump’s dedicated program provided numerous volunteer skiers to help teach and guide participants around Alta’s gorgeous slopes making for an amazing experience for all those involved. For more information on SheJump’s programs or the Boys & Girls Club visit their websites by clicking on the links. Until next year!