The conditions at Alta haven’t changed much over the past two weeks. Mountain temps are rivaling those of late April and the snow towards the bottom is becoming extremely sticky. Fortunately winds and lots of local traffic have kept High Boy smooth as a baby’s behind. You can actually carry speed and grip where you need to. Thirds and Eagle’s Nest are skiing surprisingly fast and buffy as well.
Clouds thickened throughout the day and a few flurries/rain drops started to fly late in the afternoon but only a trace was recorded by days end. Our extended forecast has chances for snow almost every day this week but we’ll likely only see a few inches.
The first stop on the Freeride World Tour kicked off this weekend in Chamonix, France. Held on the infamous Mont-Blanc skiers abilities were put to the ultimate test. Conditions looked great for the event with plenty of soft landings to huck into.
Taking home 1st place in the men’s category was France’s own Loic Collumb-Patton, throwing massive air after massive air mixed with high speed turns all the way to the bottom. In the women’s category Austria’s Eva Walkner took top honors with a very stylish run peppered with multiple big hucks. The next stop takes us to Fieberbrunn, Austria starting on Friday January 3oth. You can watch all the action live here.
It snows a lot at Alta but sometimes it snows A LOT! The past three years haven’t been great to us but outside of one other season (2006-2007) the past 10 years have seen way above average snowfalls. The biggest continual dump we’ve seen occurred in 2010 where we saw a storm puke 82″ of fluff over the course of 6 days.
Another memorable dump worth mentioning was the monster system that impacted LCC in mid October 2004 dropping 122″ from 10/17-10/31. Below is a list of the top 10 dumps from the last decade. Were you here for all of them?
#1 2009-2010 season: 1/18-1/24 = 82″
#2 2010-2011 season: 12/17-12/23 = 69.5″
#3 2004-2005 season: 3/28-3/30 = 67″
#4 2006-2007 season: 2/25-3/2 = 55.5″
#5 2012-2013 season: 11/9-11/11 = 50.5″
#6 2011-2012 season: 3/17-3/19 = 50″
#7 2008-2009 season: 3/31-4/4 = 50″
#8 2013-2014 season: 1/7-1/13 = 42.5″
#9 2007-2008 season: 12/18-12/21 = 40.5″
#10 2005-2006 season: 3/17-3/22 = 40.5″
Biggest dump this season: 11/23-11/24 = 35.5″
Even though Alta hasn’t had much new snow conditions are holding up nicely if you put in some effort. The Castle’s Apron is rippin’ smooth and fast along skier’s right side and there’s some decent leftover pow turns in the lower trees. Baldy Shoulder isn’t quite as buffed but is still holding some cream up high.
Groomers are for the most part grippy with a few icy spots mixed in. Shots off the High T from West Rustler to High Boy are still smooth and chalky but you’ll likely hit some hard pack on the way down. Forecast is looking gloomy with High pressure setting in for the next week. Get you Spring skiing in early this year.
The 2″ of fresh that fell Friday night continues to provide smooth skiing conditions all around Alta. Upper Backside and the Castle are skiing fast and creamy. Keyhole unfortunately has a bit of a sun crust but the few shaded areas are still holding on to some deep fluff.
Runs off the High T are schralped but surprisingly not too bumped up yet. Forecast looks to be calling for a few small systems to move through starting Monday but high pressure is set to settle in for the remainder of the week.
Teton Gravity Research athlete, Griffin Post, just released this highlight edit from his time spent in Jackson Hole. A long time local at the resort you can see what shredding Jackson on a daily basis will do to your skiing.
His opening shots showcase some huge airs but the most impressive line of the video doesn’t come until 2:12. Shot in Jackson’s backcountry Griffin straight-lines a triple stager and stomps it all the way to the bottom. If you’re unfamiliar with this TGR athlete make sure you get caught up now!
Devil’s Castle opened early this afternoon and with no one skiing today fresh tracks were easy to find run after run. The snow was surprisingly setup and wind affected in spots but you could still find lots of fluff depending on the aspect.
The rest of the mountain is pretty beat up yet still fun. The fresh snow from Monday’s storm has thickened rather quickly but we still found soft turns on Baldy Shoulder and Backside. Rumors have it that Main Chute might open tomorrow so make sure you don’t miss that!
Today felt like a deep sleeper pow day. The forecast suggested conditions would be getting good by afternoon but the storm dumped a heavy pile of snow early in the day and surprised us all. The morning runs were deep and untracked. The snow continued to fall throughout the day so tracks were being refilled all day long.
Some moguls and hard snow were still present under the new layer of fluff but they weren’t too bad. And with the extra snow that kept falling after the lifts closed, tomorrow should be yet another killer pow day.
Local Alta ripper and newly signed 4FRNT athlete, Thayne Rich, just dropped this killer edit showcasing his moves from last season. Filmed all over the west with plenty of Alta shots, Thayne throws trick after trick off of some of Alta’s biggest hits.
Skip to 1:55 for all the action and be sure to check out 4:38 for a sick tailgrab 7 off of A-Frame. Also don’t miss the crash reel at the end starting at 7:00. Enjoy the vid. Keep it shredy Thayne!
Alta Ski Patrol pleasantly surprised me this afternoon. Expecting to tool around on icy groomers all afternoon I was super stoked to see skiers blasting down the freshly opened Main Chute. Arriving at 2:00 in the afternoon didn’t exactly help my position in line but the leftover bumped up snow was still skiing great. Coverage is for the most part good to go only nicking a couple of small rocks on my way down.
Not only did Main Chute open today but the Devil’s Castle Apron did as well. I wasn’t able to spin a lap over there but from the glimpses I caught while on Sugarloaf it looks to be skiing smooth and fast. Tomorrow looks to be another sunny day so I have to imagine both areas will reopen in the morning. Enjoy!