Although the current conditions at Alta are hard to complain about, seeing the snowfall totals from around the state role in it’s hard not to wonder what happened. Even the Salt Lake valley crushed Alta’s meager 14″. According to the Utah Avalanche Center it was simply too cold to snow in the upper elevations. This makes sense as it was very Very VERY cold. It was painful to bust out more than three laps without checking in to the lodge for a cup of hot cocoa. Thank goodness the gettin’ was good. Alta Ski Patrol opened the Key Hole gate early in the morning Friday but outside of that and Catherine’s all other gates remained closed. The weather looks stable tomorrow so get ready for some untracked Baldy Shoulder and Backside laps.