Alta’s closing day was one to remember. It was so much fun you almost forgot they were closing a week early. The annual Frank and High Boy parties were bigger than ever with loads of entertainment all afternoon. There seemed to be quite a few injuries from the two events with multiple life flights spotted. Hopefully everyone is ok!
Down in the Goldminer’s parking lot, after the Frank World Ski Competition was over, live bands setup to usher Alta skiers into hibernation. Marinade and Stonefed lit up the dance floor with funky jams all afternoon. Stoke was high and Alta skier’s couldn’t have asked for much more from another epic closing day to the season. Thanks so much for all the support this year. We’ll see you in the fall!
The season is almost over, but not without more bottomless powder! The weather came in strong with thunder, lightning and winds. Graupel filled the mountain back in and eventually it turned to snow. Some hours were heavy at times, recording multiple inches per hour. By Sunday morning Alta reported 16″ of fresh. During the day it snowed an additional 7″, totaling 26 inches! We have crossed over the 500’’ barrier for the 2016-2017 season!
Snow quality was light and fluffy all morning. Mostly cloudy skies eventually cleared to a beautiful sunny ski day. Alta patrol was on it like always, opening Backside early before the sun warmed the snow. The snow got pretty heavy, but what can we expect for April 9th? Lots of happy skiers all over the mountain were soaking in some of the last days of the winter. Always a little sad to see it winding down, but another great season for the books! One more week till closing folks, so get it while you can.
Old man winter isn’t quite done yet! Monday’s burst of powder brought over a foot of snow, which made for some great storm riding. The sun came out today around 10 am which led to the openings of Backside and the Shoulder. Both of them skied smooth, creamy and a little on the heavy side. But who is complaining? Keyhole opened shortly after, which was ripping.
Low crowds on the mountain reduced the powder panic, giving everyone plenty of room to get their turns in. Stunning clouds and beautiful colors in the mountains makes you never want the winter to end. The forecast looks promising with another storm expected by Thursday! Keep it up!
It’s looking like Spring is here to stay. Our forecast has no storms forecasted and temps look to be climbing into the 70’s later this week. Thankfully our base is thick and skies are clear providing for some great groomer skiing.
Certain areas today were still a little icy but most groomers that were in the sun skied soft and grippy. Almost all of Alta’s gates were open today besides the Baldy Chutes. We didn’t venture too far off the groomers but conditions didn’t look great off piste. Bumps are everywhere and they look hard.
With only close to a month left before Alta closes during week days it’s time to get your turns in!
Monday’s storm did great things for the Wasatch’s backcountry. North facing slopes held high quality pow even late into the afternoon when we skied. Most of the day was full of beautiful mountain views and sparkling snow.
We skied in the Silver Fork area of Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s a great area for new comers to backcountry skiing. The hike is short and mellow with no difficult switch backs the whole way up. The terrain down is equally as forgiving with everything from open bowls to picturesque tree skiing.
Not to complain about the skiing today but by this year’s standards it was nothing to write home about. The storm totals were up there with Alta recording 14″ of fresh but the winds really put a damper on the snow quality. In spots you could find turns that felt like they were waist deep but those turns were followed by either a chunky layer or some shallow cream.
We found our best turns in Eagle’s Nest where there was a bit of wind protection and even Thirds was skiing great before noon. No gates opened today besides Catherine’s so as long as we don’t get any more 100 mph winds tonight the skiing in Backside and the Shoulder should be pretty rad tomorrow. Get it while you can. No major storms are forecasted to impact our area anytime during the next week.
The past couple of days at Alta have brought some of the best ski conditions we’ve seen all season. That’s saying a lot. At the time of this writing Alta has seen a storm total of 39″ and counting.
Yesterday was deep but nothing compared to today. It didn’t even matter that all of Alta’s gates remained closed all day. The snow nuked so hard from opening to close that your tracks were almost instantly filled in. I found my deepest turns in Thirds and North Rustler but you really couldn’t go wrong no matter where you skied. Crowds weren’t bad either.
The forecast for the coming week looks great with additional snow forecasted tonight and another storm scheduled to impact the Wasatch on Monday. Get those powder boards waxed!
What a pleasant surprise. The storm produced more than anticipated. A few inches yesterday, a few more overnight and a burst this morning brought this storm total to 18″! The mountain was busy, but it didn’t feel that crowded on the slopes.
Conditions were good all over; deep and smooth. The snow kept up all day, covering and melting on you at all times. Always feels good to ski soft fresh snow and great to have the season still providing. Plenty of winter to come up at Alta! President’s day will bring some crowds, but lots of openings will help disperse skiers. The forecast looks promising with a good chance of snow Wednesday and Thursday. Keep it coming!
This refresher storm helped tremendously after rain fell at Alta last week. Alta received 14 inches overnight and 17 inches overall from this storm, which refilled the mountain. Skiers had plenty to choose from today. Backside opened right away and the Shoulder late morning. Catherine’s and Supreme area skied soft and smooth.
It was on the warmer side today with temps in the 30s and rising through the day. Snow got a bit heavy towards the bottom. Mostly cloudy skies and some mist made for variable visibility. But it’s always a joyous occasion to make turns with friends and family. Alta has a way of replenishing the soul.
Sunday looks like it will be a clear, gorgeous day to go up to enjoy the mountains. High pressure builds this week and there is a good chance for new snow towards next weekend. Have fun and be safe up there!
Looking for some fun activities this month up at Alta? Look no further than ACE (Alta Community Enrichment). They have some great happenings this month from the WEXL Ping Pong Invitational tomorrow night, Feb 8th (can someone say Balls of Fury?) to Flamenco dancing on February 20th. ACE never disappoints when it comes to music, either. Stonefed, local jam band, will be playing at the Peruvian Bar on Sunday February 19th. Whatever your pleasure, ACE has got you covered.
February has brought more than just snow, activities and music. Nate (The Daily Pow extraordinaire) and his wife Katie just welcomed their first little shredder on February 2nd. We apologize for the not as frequent daily conditions reports, but Nate will be back before you know it. The storm outlook seems promising, forecasting to start snowing again Thursday night. Last weekend was a nice break in weather, giving skiers their blue bird days before more weather rolled in. This week’s storm didn’t hit as hard as we all wanted, but skiing has still been smooth and creamy. Our hopes are high for this coming weekend.