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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!

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!

Main Chute and Devil’s Castle Open for Business

By , December 29, 2016 9:13 PM

It’s not often we see a Main Chute or a Devil’s Castle opening in December but it happened today!  Alta Ski Patrol did a great job preparing the two areas and skiers were rewarded with more powder turns.  The only run to open off the peak of Baldy was Main Chute but you could also ski East Baldy from top to bottom.  The snow was a little set up but smooth and fast through most of the chute.

A few areas in Devil’s Castle got a little wind hammered but there was still plenty of soft snow to find.  The sidestep out was plenty filled in with minimal rocks to find.

Crowds were thick today but only in the lift lines.  Once you were off skiing the mountain felt relatively empty.  The forecast has another storm on our doorstep scheduled to hit the Wasatch on Sunday.  I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s!

 

Brrrrr!

By , December 18, 2016 8:46 PM

Brrrrrrr! Arctic cold temps and two feet of fresh snow made for some killer laps this weekend with numerous lodge breaks in between. Interlodge was in effect until 7:30 am Saturday morning creating a snake up canyon, but the wait was well worth it. Everything off the High T was skiing deep and smooth. Catherine’s area opened up midday with the Spiney Chutes skiing creamy. A sun dog lingered throughout the day, treating all the skiers to stunning views.
Sunday brought even cooler temps, blue bird skies and low crowds. Backside and the Shoulder opened mid-morning, providing all of us with deep, fresh, glorious powder! Rest the body and get ready for the next storm, forecasted to hit Christmas weekend.

Puke Day

By , December 16, 2016 10:16 PM

What a wild storm day! With 11 inches of high density snow over night with moderate- high winds up top, lots of bomb and avalanche control work were needed from Alta Patrol.  The mountain opened by 9:30 and The High T opened by 10:00. Ski conditions were fun, mostly riding on top for surfy turns, soft debris in the steeper areas, and thicker snow in the lower elevations. 

As the day progressed winds picked up and the next wave of the storm hit, bringing graupel which made for great skiing on West Rustler and free refills all over.  As the graupel fell, temps dropped bringing thunder and lightning shutting down the mountain immediately.

Lifts opened back up in an hour, but the High T remained closed.   The lighter density snow fall in the afternoon made for even greater skiing.  There is more snow in the forecast and temps will be dropping so be prepared to bundle up! The weekend will bring more fresh snow, Christmas crowds and eventually sunshine.