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!
With no additional snowfall looking likely throughout the day we decided to spend the day in Alta’s slack-country. In-bounds was still pretty crunchy underneath and after yesterday’s success in Rocky Point the decision was obvious.
Sunset and Tuscoroa were lacking in the coverage area but snow quality-wise were skiing great. Rocks were definitely nicked but nothing major. Face-shots are still hard to find but skiing smooth fluffy snow again sure felt great. The forecast doesn’t look good and the Supreme Lift isn’t open much longer so get your side-country laps in while you can.
After the unseasonably warm temps over the weekend a cold front packing minimal precip seemed like it wouldn’t be enough to turn things around at Alta. However the 4″ we were awarded went a long way. Maybe I’m just suffering from high pressure delusion but at this point in the season 4″ is plenty to get excited about.
Most gates other than Catherine’s remained closed for the day. Rocky Point by far skied the smoothest and deepest. High Boy, Eagle’s Nest, and all other aspects off the High T skied great every other turn but horrifically hard and bumpy on the following turn. The forecast still looks decent with another wave of moisture expected to impact Alta starting in the a.m.!
Well the soft corny conditions from a few days ago are long gone and firm crusty conditions have taken their place. The recent cold front has shown it’s wrath and turned many of Alta’s slopes into bulletproof sheets of ice.
It is not recommended to venture off the groomers especially Backside which has remained closed during the morning hours for the past two days. Warmer temps look to be settling in by tomorrrow so hopefully that will loosen up the snow a bit and bring us back some corn. Mother Nature where are you?
Katie Fillnow – Race Course
Guest post by Ski Bum Poet…
Best winter ever! For the younger kid skiers that is. We have been biking on dirt in Park City the last two weeks. By getting out early at sunrise the wet and muck zones that do remain are still frozen. But we’re still trail riding none-the-less. And when I say “we” I mean Juno the border collie and me.
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For a month that typically brings loads of snow to Alta March hasn’t exactly been performing to it’s full potential. We’ve seen one decent storm towards the beginning of the month but our long range forecast looks bleak and I doubt we’ll be making up for our dismal winter this month.
However, the skiing really isn’t half bad. Groomers are grippy and smooth and off-trail conditions are holding up nicely with some great corn to be had. Coverage is certainly taking a hit. Trying to get into Gunsight now requires rock skis and the Thirds traverse is one hot day from becoming a scree field. By mid-February I was telling myself March would put us back on track but I guess now I’ll have to root for April!
Andrea Konduc – Wildcat
With such a pathetic season so far I wasn’t sure if we’ve even had 5 dumps this year. However after ciphering through all of our footage I was surprised to see we’ve seen quite a few more storms than I remember. Not to say this has been a great season by any means but considering Mt. Baker just closed it’s lifts due to lack of snow it certainly could be worse.
At this point it’s not looking like March is going to help our numbers out much but I suppose their’s always April. Alta’s top 5 dumps of the 2014-2015 season weren’t huge but most of them brought us 20+ inches making for some fantastic skiing. Enjoy the video!
Wow! Finally winter has temporarily returned. This weeks storm certainly produced. We saw a storm total of 22″ and it wasn’t the super heavy stuff either. It snowed all day yesterday making for one of the deepest days of the season. Today the clouds parted and we were treated to bluebird skies and fresh powder!
The mountain was crowded, as you would expect from a pow starved Alta community, but with so much freshly open terrain lift lines stayed manageable. We chose to venture out into Rocky Point and Patsey Marley early on and found some incredibly light and fluffy powder. Inbounds, most gates opened outside of Devil’s Castle which should be amazing when it opens tomorrow. Get it while it lasts. High pressure is back.
Forecasters called for 3-6″ in the Cottonwoods but Mother Nature treated us to a few extra with a storm total of 8″. Skies were cloudy and filled with flurries for most of the morning with the sun poking it’s head out in the afternoon. Most gates opened early on except for Devil’s Castle and the Baldy Chutes.
Keyhole seemed to be holding the deepest snow but coverage has really suffered back there over the past month. Baldy Shoulder and Backside were skiing great early on but quickly got chopped up by the large crowds. Forecast looks decent with two more storms expected to impact Alta tomorrow night and Monday night. Keep it coming!
I did miss yesterday which contained a little less sunshine than today so I might have missed the #1 worst day of the season but I certainly caught #2 today. The High-T is now closed due to the recent drop in temperatures creating a bulletproof sheet of ice across the whole face. Groomers are currently harder than they are not fun. Devil’s Castle is beat to death with very few options to enjoy yourself.
Tombstone is the only area we found that had a slightly grippy buff layer but it’s hardly enough to keep you coming back for more. Our one saving grace might be the warmer temps forecasted to hit Wednesday and Thursday. If things can corn up a bit it may be worth skiing again.