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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!

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!

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!

 

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!

Refresher Storm

By , February 11, 2017 6:34 PM

This refresher storm helped tremendously after rain fell at Alta last week. Alta received 14 inches overnight and 17 inches overall from this storm, which refilled the mountain. Skiers had plenty to choose from today. Backside opened right away and the Shoulder late morning. Catherine’s and Supreme area skied soft and smooth.

It was on the warmer side today with temps in the 30s and rising through the day. Snow got a bit heavy towards the bottom. Mostly cloudy skies and some mist made for variable visibility. But it’s always a joyous occasion to make turns with friends and family. Alta has a way of replenishing the soul.

Sunday looks like it will be a clear, gorgeous day to go up to enjoy the mountains. High pressure builds this week and there is a good chance for new snow towards next weekend. Have fun and be safe up there!

Biggest Dump of the Year

By , January 24, 2017 4:41 PM

Alta has seen it’s biggest dump of the season over the past few days.  With a storm total of 74″ and counting conditions don’t get much deeper than today!  After a full day of road and mountain closures it was nice to get a taste of what we were all missing out on yesterday.

Patrol did a great job getting a good portion of the mountain open.  Right off the bat skiers were allowed to access all shots off of the High T and Wildcat Chair.  Sugarloaf had a delayed opening but was up and running by 11:30 helping to disperse the crowds.  The snow skied deep everywhere well into the afternoon with Powder Paradise claiming the top spot for deepest run of the day.

The forecast looks decent with a few more mini-storms scheduled to effect the Wasatch over the next 24 hours.  After that high pressure looks to set in.  Get it while you can!

Little Chute Opens For The First Time This Season

By , January 15, 2017 10:07 PM

Mt. Baldy for the win today! This was where the party was at. Brilliant, blue bird skies and temps getting up to 32 degrees made for the ultimate hiking experience. Everyone was there, wanting to catch the opening of the Baldy Chutes. We skied Little Chute where the snow was soft and the turns were flawless. Even with the large crowds, there was still plenty of powder left for everyone.

Lift lines were a bit long in the morning, but cleared after lunch. Groomers off of Sugarloaf were fun and grippy. Highboy was bumped out, but the snow was still forgiving. It was a beautiful day to be up in the mountains and out of the inversion.  MLK Day will be another gorgeous one and by midweek we should see another storm rolling in. Thank you January, let’s keep it up!

A Never Ending Storm

By , January 12, 2017 3:09 PM

At this point Alta has seen a storm total of 30″ and counting.  It’s been a week to remember.  I feel like I’ve skied more powder days this year than groomer days and my legs can attest to that.

Not much opened today as you would expect from all the snowfall and high winds.  It really didn’t matter however as there wasn’t much of a crowd helping to keep most areas fresh well into the afternoon.

The snow was a little thick but because of the winds smoothing everything out you could ski as fast as you wanted knowing that you were able to dump speed at a moments notice.  I found the best snow in Westward Ho where the trees were helping to protect from the wind.  The weather looks to be drying out for the weekend and with a holiday coming up expect lots of crowds!

 

Deepest Day In Years!

By , January 3, 2017 8:35 PM

Submergence.  Today was a snow day that will not be forgotten.   With a foot yesterday, and another foot overnight, the skiing was glorious.  The goods were chokingly deep, sometimes so deep that you could barely breathe.  Alta ski patrol wasted no time in getting  Backside and Keyhole open, providing abundant over the head face shots.   

Was a day that skiers dream about, with heavenly powder, and enough to go around.  The Wasatch is in full effect right now, with another heavy hitting storm on its way tomorrow with 2-3 feet projected.  Winter is here!

A Powy Start To 2017

By , January 2, 2017 7:14 PM

What a powy start to 2017! The 10″ that fell last night was some of the lightest density snow this season. No wonder Utah is known to have the greatest snow on Earth! Highboy’s bottomless pow was a highlight today with Tongue My Chute still untouched at 10 am. Lift lines were non-existent, even though the parking lot was full. Stoke was high, proven by all the hoots and hollers that reverberated throughout the mountain.
The snow kept falling all day which made for some low vis in open areas. Sticking to the trees in Jitterbug, Lone Pine and Eagle’s Nest helped. No matter where you went today, you were guaranteed to have an epic run. More heavy snow is expected all this week so get yourself fired up!