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Surprise Deepness

By , December 5, 2017 9:45 PM
The snow at Alta today exceeded expectations by a long shot. Admittedly we weren’t expecting much to begin with. But Alta Ski Patrol really worked hard to get the lower half of Wildcat open first thing and surprisingly Ballroom and Baldy Shoulder opened mid-morning.
The snow was light and deep where you could avoid rocks, as early season conditions still exist. Tombstone area on Baldy was skiing fantastic. The groomers are also filling in nicely. The 2-week forecast is no bueno so get out there now while this fresh dump is still light and dry.

 

 

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September High Boy Lap

By , September 26, 2017 12:25 PM

Alta received it’s first big dump of the season last weekend.  I’m not exactly sure how much snow fell but I did watch the snow depth recording hit 19″ at one point this past Sunday.  I skied that afternoon and the freshly fallen snow was extremely sticky.  I had to literally straight line Punch Bowl just to make it down.

Yesterday, however, was a different story.  The cold overnight temps helped to dry out the snow providing great skiing conditions.  We decided to try our luck with High Boy and were pleasantly surprised!  It was rocky up top but the main gut skied smooth with little to no shark bites.  It looks like we return to Fall this week with warm temps forecasted to take control for the extended future.

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The 7th Actual FRANK World Classic

By , April 18, 2017 7:01 PM

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!

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What A Season!

By , April 9, 2017 11:21 PM

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.

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Spring Pow

By , March 28, 2017 8:56 PM

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!

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Spring Skiing Has Arrived!

By , March 12, 2017 7:58 PM

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!

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Silver Fork Tour

By , March 8, 2017 12:09 PM

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.

High pressure and warming temps look to be taking over for the next week so get your leftover pow turns in while they last!

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Refresher Storm

By , March 6, 2017 3:19 PM

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.

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All Time

By , February 23, 2017 9:01 PM

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!

 

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President’s Day Weekend Pow

By , February 19, 2017 8:40 PM

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!

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