This weekend’s 12″ storm created some superb conditions at the Bird. With only one weekend left it was great to see one last storm before it’s all over. The skiing up high was pure untouched cream and although the lower elevation shots were a bit slushy the snow skied fast with plenty of coverage all the way to the bottom. Snowbird is currently running the Tram, Little Cloud, and Mineral Basin Express with backcountry access into the Cirque and Baldy. They plan to run lifts this Friday-Monday from 8-2 p.m for their final weekend. So come get your last taste of winter before summer officially starts.
Just because it’s May 18th doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still bring your BCA Airbag Pack with you into the backcountry. Snowbird is reporting 8″ as of noon today and it’s still dumping so avalanches are still of concern. Backcountry Access’s Airbag Pack will help keep you safe when things don’t go as planned. With a built in airbag that is triggered via a pull string positioned on your shoulder strap the Float 32 pack will greatly increase your chances of survival when caught in an avalanche. By increasing your buoyancy and protecting your head from debris this pack offers a huge advantage over most packs. The pack also comes with all the standards you expect from traditional packs including external shovel and probe pockets, hydration sleeve, mesh helmet carrier, and lined goggle pocket.
If you’re thinking about traveling with this pack remember to deploy the airbag prior to departing as airport security will not let you through with the cylinder loaded. But, don’t fret as BCA has many refill locations all around the U.S. and Canada. For more information including survival statistics be sure to check out Unofficialnetworks.com’s report.
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Alta Community Enrichment will be hosting a free beginners line dancing class this Tuesday (5/7). Running from 6:00-7:30 pm at Our Lady Of The Snows, participants will be instructed on the basics of western line dancing. According to ACE,
ALL ages welcome, ALL abilities welcome! This is a fun class that gets you boot scootin’ by the end of the night. Bring your favorite refreshment and your friends and kick up your heels in the beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon! Our instructors teach weekly at the Westerner, so dust off your ‘western wear’ & we’ll show ya’ll a good time !
It was another fun day in the sun for Alta’s closing day of the 2012-2013 season. Skies were sunny and temps were hot. The skiing was decent but by early afternoon even the snow up high started to get pretty sticky. Thirds and High Boy seemed to ski faster than a lot of other slopes especially Greely Hill which was almost impossible to get down without blowing an ACL. The Nest with it’s shaded slopes was also skiing great throughout the day. The High Boy party at the end of the day drew quite the crowd and party-goers kept the festivities going well into the evening. A big thank you to Alta for another great season. Until next year, keep it classy Alta.
This coming Tuesday (4/30) Alta Community Enrichment will be hosting an event with Heather Brady Peeters of Peterson Farms. According to ACE,
Heather Peeters is a Utah native who grew up helping her Gramma in the garden. Today she lives in Murray with her husband and 6 year old son. Together they care for over an acre of land and sell their beautiful produce at the Murray Farmer’s Market. She also manages Petersen Family Farm in Riverton, UT and serves on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake County Farm Bureau.
A free event running from 6:00-8:30 pm at Our Lady Of The Snows Heather Peeters will be answering all of your gardening questions. Spring has sprung so get your urban farming started early this year. Go green!
Considering there’s only one weekend left conditions at Alta can’t be beat. With a fresh foot from yesterday the skiing today was pretty close to EPIC. Every aspect was skiing great and even with the warm sun the snow stayed soft and fast. Thirds, High Boy, and West Rustler skied smooth all day. Lower elevation slopes stayed shreddable well into the afternoon. And areas like Eagle’s Nest, Greely, and Baldy Shoulder provided face-shots all day. Backside was open in the morning but closed down around noon. The forecast for the coming week looks pretty warm and dry but should provide for some fun Spring conditions for closing weekend.
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With 20″ falling in the past 5 days and Alta’s lifts remaining closed all week, skiers were hungry this morning to devour some pow. Conditions were pretty good on most aspects besides anything West facing which had a weird zipper crust on top of it. The snow definitely set up a bit yesterday in the sun but their were still plenty of spots to get your pow on. Eagle’s Nest although tracked was fast and powy. Backside was super smooth and creamy but had low viz throughout most of the day. Baldy Shoulder looked great in the morning but clouds moved in pretty early on eliminating any desire to venture out. Snow looks to move back into the forecast tonight with 4-9″ expected to fall by tomorrow afternoon. Just two more weekends left to ski Alta. Get it while it lasts!
Alta’s annual High Boy party has just been out done. The Frank World Classic Ski Competition is now the place to be on Alta’s closing day. Put on by The Deep Powder House’s Mike Trioli and friends this event features much more than High Boy’s beers and cocktails. Running from 12-3 p.m. the Frank party features a full-on ski competition where old school 70′s style skiing steals the show. Competitors must make their way down Punch Bowl and hit any number of kickers to showcase their innermost Frank. An array of prizes are awarded to those who most impress the scrutinizing judges. It truly is an Alta event not to miss. Until next year, Frank on!
Alta received a much needed face-lift yesterday with 8″ of fresh pow. The chunder bumps underneath were still evident but with a plethora of pow pillows to dump speed in you really didn’t notice the hard pack. The snow was soft and face-shotty and the strong winds helped to smooth things out a bit.
As of the end of the day Sunday the Supreme lift closed for the season. It’s hard to believe the season is coming to an end so soon. After this coming weekend Alta closes during the week but will reopen for two additional weekends (4/19-4/21 & 4/26-4/28). Don’t forget, this Sunday is the annual High Boy party and the 3rd 2nd Annual Frank World Classic Ski Competition at Punk Rock. Come celebrate another fantastic year at Alta!