Looking for something to do in the Alta community? You can always find interesting opportunities in Little Cottonwood Canyon through Alta Community Enrichment (ACE). Check out their website at altaarts.org. ACE is a nonprofit aimed to promote learning and create opportunities for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events and education.
This month they have put on live music every Sunday night at the Peruvian. They just finished a backcountry 101 Avalanche course for Alta business employees. On Friday January 20th, ACE presents Eric Foxman at Our Lady of the Snow at 6:30. He is a member of the Portland Storytellers Guild and will humor and inspire you with his true stories collected from around the world.
Also, don’t miss out on National Geographic’s explorer Mike Libecki. This is his 18th annual presentation on his adventures around the world to some of the most remote, exotic locations. This event is also a fund raiser for The Humane Society and Nepal Earthquake Fund/Human Outreach Project with a massive raffle of gear and clothing for the benefit. Hope to see you there!
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!
At this pointAlta 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
These past few days of stormy weather have certainly provided some decent skiing but even more they’ve provided a decent base. The fresh snow came in dense and thick and was phenomenal to play in for the first few runs but once it was tracked up conditions quickly took a dive.
Alta Ski Patrol did a great job getting the mountain open but with things sliding all over the place most areas remained closed for the day. The High T however, opened right off the bat and provided creamy smooth turns on all aspects well into the morning.
Crowds thickened up today but by lunch time lift lines were pretty minimal for a weekend pow day. The forecast looks great for the upcoming week with another round of storms predicted to hit starting Tuesday.
This year’s opening day was certainly one to remember. After suffering through a painfully dry preseason, the Snow Gods rewarded us generously just in the nick of time. Rarely do you get to ski Baldy Shoulder on opening day let alone all shots off of the High T.
Crowds weren’t too bad helping to keep fresh turns around well into the afternoon. High Boy and Baldy Shoulder were my highlights of the day but really now matter where you skied today you were treated with soft fluffy turns.
A big thanks to the Alta Ski Patrol for their hard work getting so much terrain open on day 1. The forecast looks great again with another storm predicted to hit Monday. Welcome to Winter!