Summer Dump Hits Alta

By , June 17, 2014 11:51 PM

It’s not that often that Alta sees close to a foot of fresh pow in mid June.  In fact it’s only happened 3 times in the past 20 years.  Luckily I was able to catch it this time around and was extremely impressed.

Most of Alta’s snow has already melted away but you would never know it after today.  I skied a Gunsight lap that was absolutely phenomenal  and then traversed over to North Rustler fearing lots of rocks and stumps.  Fortunately the coverage was surprisingly good and I only nicked a couple of rocks on my way down.  I’d say if you get after early tomorrow the snow should still be plenty light and fluffy.  Considering Friday’s temps look to be back in the 90’s this is probably your last chance to catch some powy face-shots.  Get some!

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Alta’s Closing Day 2014

By , May 5, 2014 3:01 PM

Alta’s closing day brought lots of happy skiers ready to get their last laps in before summer officially begins.  Conditions held up nicely thanks to last weeks storms but unfortunately became really grabby in the afternoon.

We found our best turns by far on Gunsight.  If you were willing to deal with the sliver of snow side-step it was well worth your effort as the majority of the chute was butter-smooth and fast!  Thirds was a bit of a pain in the ass to get to with it’s long stretches of rock but skied really well up top.  High Boy skied decent and the bobsled course at the bottom made for some fun roller-coaster turns.

All and all Alta’s last day was one to remember.  Good people, crazy costumes, funky music, and skiing in May!  A big thank you to everyone for your support this year.  Stay tuned this summer for more reports as the snow continues to fly.

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The 4th 2nd Annual Frank Ski Competition

By , April 23, 2014 11:29 AM

The 4th 2nd Annual Frank Ski Competition had all the elements of the rock n’ roll lifestyle that was hot-dog skiing in the 80s.  Tight pants, mule kicks, inverted debauchery and sunny skies made for an epic competition.  We saw 2 skiers cruise the course in tandem, crotch to crotch and it was fabulous.  

McConkey style switch fronts were thrown.  Naked skiers took zipper bump lines.  Ski ballet was even performed on the upper bowl.  The skiers who participated truly killed it this year.  Several huge kickers were built, with a tall quarter pipe and a tunnel. Twas quite the sight to see.  Don’t miss it next year!

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Alta Demo Day

By , April 11, 2014 8:00 PM

1899483_624371344285239_897206580_oStarting tomorrow at the Wildcat Base, Alta and the Deep Powder House will be hosting their yearly demo day.  Offering FREE next-year demos from over 33 of the industries top ski manufactures this is an event you won’t want to miss.  According to Alta,

Join us at the Wildcat Base on April 6th, for Alta in April’s Free Demo Day! Leave your old skis at home and get an early look at what some of the biggest ski companies are going to offer next season! Last year 33 companies brought skis to test and we are hoping for even more options this year! In association with the Alta Ski Shop and the Powder House Ski Shops and as a part of the 2 weeklong “Alta in April” celebration of the end of another great winter at Alta Ski Area, we invite you to enjoy sales on apparel, as well as live music at the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge.

Some of the ski companies attending include: Rossignol, Salomon, VÖLKL, Armada Skis, Tecnica, Blizzard, Dynastar, 7Mile, Fischer, Faction, Meier, Head, Big Wood, Atomic, Line, K2, Deviation, ON3P, DPS, H2O Outdoor, Gear, Moment, Soul Poles, 4Frnt, and Ramp.

Don’t miss your chance to try out those skis you’ve been dreaming about!  See you tomorrow!

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The Heat Is On

By , April 9, 2014 3:08 PM

What a difference a couple of days can make!  This past Sunday felt like mid winter and now today we’re looking at valley temps reaching into the 80’s!  Fortunately conditions at Alta are remaining better than you’d expect.  Alta Ski Patrol has almost the entire mountain open including the Baldy Chutes.  The snow up high is staying soft and shredy but down low the snow is complete mank.  We found great turns on Baldy Shoulder and in the Nest but the best conditions looked to be in the Castle and the Baldy Chutes.  The forecast this week looks to stay warm so grab your skis and get your tan on!

 

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Never-Ending Pow

By , April 2, 2014 5:24 PM

Conditions at Alta held strong today at fruckin’ awesome. It’s been quite a week in the Wasatch and today was no exception. Baldy Shoulder and Backside opened up and looked fantastic although I chose to head right out to the side-country. Local gnar-shredders were hucking their meat in Rocky. I saw some butter and some flipping, the conditions were perfect for it. Patsey Marley was skiing fast and bottomless. We ventured into Eagle’s Nest and found great snow late in the afternoon hours. Next storm comes Saturday!

 

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Sleeper Pow Days Continue To Hit Alta

By , April 1, 2014 7:06 PM

The past two days at Alta have been epic-ly deep.  Yesterday skiers were treated to blue bird skies and face-shots while today skiers were surprised with 9″ overnight when only 1-3″ were predicted.  It dumped all day and the entire mountain was completely empty.  Not much opened but with free refills every run no one was complaining.  As of 4:00 Alta is reporting a storm total of 16″ with more to come tonight!  Call in sick now!

 

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Spring Pow At It’s Best

By , March 28, 2014 9:16 PM

Alta received 16″ of fresh out of this weeks storm making for some primo skiing conditions.  Backside opened up early on in the morning and was absolutely shredding.  Baldy Shoulder and Devil’s Castle remained closed all day but the rest of the mountain was skiing so good you didn’t really notice.  People were throwing down in Rocky Point and Patsey Marley was skiing silky smooth from top to bottom.  The forecast for tomorrow looks to be HOT, HOT, HOT with more stormy weather returning for Sunday.  Bring it on Spring!

 

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Frank 2014 Is Almost Here!

By , March 25, 2014 12:26 PM

We’re one day closer to Frank this morning and I can hardly wait.  If you missed the past couple of years be sure to check out Lightpole.com’s recent edit of last year’s festivities.  A precursor to the annual High Boy party, Frank’s starts earlier in the day with a 70’s style ski competition where old school is the new school.   Founded by Alta legend, Mike Trioli, Frank is a true testament to what sparked the beginning of freestyle skiing.

Starting around noon-ish on April 20th skiers will showcase their innermost Frank and attempt to impress the judges for their chance to be crowned #1 Frank.  Held on Alta’s Punch Bowl run off of the Wild Cat lift, party-goers will congregate on Punk Rock to spectate the competition.  The event usually lasts until 3 pm giving skiers a chance to catch the High Boy party as well.  Come one, come all.  Don’t miss it!

 

Frank World Classic Ski Competition from LIGHTPOLE on Vimeo.

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Sleeper Pow Day

By , March 18, 2014 9:11 PM

It was a sleeper pow day–we fell asleep last night thinking maybe 1″-3″ and slept in accordingly.  By 9am there was 9″ of fresh overnight and we were too late.  Fortunately snowfall continued intermittently throughout the day and conditions stayed fun late into the afternoon.  There was a crusty layer present and slopes that had slides or heavy tracks were becoming hard-packed but if you looked around the powder was deep and fluffy.  Visibility was hit or miss but improved as the day progressed.  The entire mountain, besides the Castle, was open before noon.  Conditions will likely remain soft and shredtastic throughout the day tomorrow!

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