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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Snowflake Festival 2014

By , March 15, 2014 1:31 PM

19638_1319440914548_1486533807_30865959_585704_nStarting this Thursday (3/20) Alta Community Enrichment will be hosting it’s yearly Snowflake Festival.  This four day festival will  help Alta raise money for Friends of AltaAlta Community Enrichment (ACE), and the Alta Historical Society.

Kicking things off will be a Gnome Hunt followed by live music and a yoga class with Stacy Peterson.  Friday there will be a Grease themed dance party with DJ Velvet and a number of field activities including a biathlon and a snowball throwing contest.  Saturday is One Piece Ski Outfit Day and your chance to ski with a ranger for free on the Cecret Lift.  Wrapping things up on Sunday is the Chili Cookoff and the Snowflake Festival raffle drawing.

For a full list of activities and times check out ACE’s website here.  You can donate to the cause online here.  Come celebrate Alta next weekend and help raise money for the mountain you love!

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Dry Pow Returns To Utah

By , March 11, 2014 10:36 PM

The 14″ that fell at Alta in the past 24 hours hooked the place up.  It was light, fluffy, and playful.  Keyhole was delightful, all areas to the left and right have filled in completely.  We spun a lap out onto Rocky Point and Patsey Marley that skied incredibly well.  Not many skiers were hitting up the slackcountry as of 3:30pm so there are plenty of untracked lines to be had tomorrow.  The snow is fast and soft, with some spots still having a lower layer of crust that doesn’t really affect your rhythm due to all the soft snow that abounds.  It’s looking like we’re in for an extended dry period so get your pow laps in tomorrow! )

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Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition

By , March 8, 2014 10:50 AM

pdp_image_HERO3Plus_black_45__1_The new Gopro 3+ Black is an amazing camera but is it worth the upgrade?  If you already own a Hero 3, probably not.  Looking at the specs you’ll notice that not much has changed.  There are some cool new features but likely not enough to make it worth shelling out another $400.

The new Hero 3+ doesn’t upgrade upon any resolution or fps settings besides simply offering you more options to pick from.  The key upgrades include Super View, longer battery life, and better low light performance.  The Super View option gives you a 20% wider viewing angle which in my experience is highly noticeable and produces a very cool image when using it in a POV setting.  The increased low light performance works great on those socked in days as the camera is now able to automatically adjust it’s fps settings based on the lighting.  The battery life has also been improved greatly giving you 30% longer running time than the Hero 3.

Overall I am very pleased with the Hero 3+ as it was well worth the upgrade from the Hero 2.  If you recently purchased a Hero 3 I would recommend waiting until next year when Gopro plans to release the Hero 4.  Rumor has it this model will offer double the frames per second on all resolution settings!

Suggested Retail Price: $399

Check the Gopro Hero 3+ availability at backcountry.com

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