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Winter’s Back

By , January 11, 2018 12:00 PM

A cold front pushed it’s way into Alta early this morning with a burst of heavy snow.  We saw some graupel throughout the day as well and winds were consistently blowing snow around the mountain.  The skiing stayed soft well into the afternoon.  First tracks this morning down High Boy at around 1030 am were dare I say epic.

Untracked from top to bottom and nothing to feel underneath but soft snow.  Stonecrusher was skiing fantastic, as was West Rustler all day long.  Not much terrain opened so we ventured out onto the low Shoulder and found late day turns worth the hike.  Best day of the season so far in our humble opinion.

 

Finally, We’re Skiing Pow Again

By , January 7, 2018 6:31 PM

Seven inches of soft and pretty dense snow fell yesterday and last night at Alta which made for surprisingly fun and fast conditions.  There are still plenty of rocks and random hazards on most of the terrain but certain spots are really filling in to the point where you can begin to send it.

High Boy and Baldy Shoulder definitely have good coverage in most areas.  The Backside early on right when it opened was really fast and smooth.  The wrap around traverse to access the top of High Boy was worth the short commitment of time.  Thirds also had some great snow and is starting to fill in a bit.  All in all the mountain today was alive again.  Soft snow and blue skies and relatively mild temperatures made it close to epic, on 2018 standards of course.

 

Rocky Point Laps

By , December 29, 2017 6:02 PM

The snow at Alta is actually still quite decent. Some icy spots on the groomers by late day appeared but for the most part there’s soft wind-buffed snow. Out on Rocky Point we found some wind-hammered crud to skier’s right and soft cruisy goodness to the left. We even found decent turns on lower Patsy.

Ballroom had some really nice buff, as did West Rustler. We’ll update again soon with a more thorough look at the entire mountain and its progress.

 

Things Are Crazy At Alta

By , December 18, 2017 10:39 AM
For those of us who’ve been skiing Alta for a long time, the state of our mountain has definitely reached a place once inconceivable. There is literally a boot pack that switches to sidestep going up Backside turning and ending on the top of Thirds.  You can also hike the boot pack up Jitterbug to access front facing terrain.
The smartest trip we found was Backside traverse crossing above Susie’s to a short side step that takes you across the bottom of Thirds and allows you to access High Boy and subsequently Lone Pine.  We put in time sidestepping the upper section of High Boy to access Lone Pine because we dropped too low.  These kinds of things aren’t supposed to happen but they are and we’re embracing it.  Get out there and explore because it ain’t bad!  Oh and the forecast is getting better, light has been spotted at the end of the tunnel.

Surprise Deepness

By , December 5, 2017 9:45 PM
The snow at Alta today exceeded expectations by a long shot. Admittedly we weren’t expecting much to begin with. But Alta Ski Patrol really worked hard to get the lower half of Wildcat open first thing and surprisingly Ballroom and Baldy Shoulder opened mid-morning.
The snow was light and deep where you could avoid rocks, as early season conditions still exist. Tombstone area on Baldy was skiing fantastic. The groomers are also filling in nicely. The 2-week forecast is no bueno so get out there now while this fresh dump is still light and dry.

 

 

September High Boy Lap

By , September 26, 2017 12:25 PM

Alta received it’s first big dump of the season last weekend.  I’m not exactly sure how much snow fell but I did watch the snow depth recording hit 19″ at one point this past Sunday.  I skied that afternoon and the freshly fallen snow was extremely sticky.  I had to literally straight line Punch Bowl just to make it down.

Yesterday, however, was a different story.  The cold overnight temps helped to dry out the snow providing great skiing conditions.  We decided to try our luck with High Boy and were pleasantly surprised!  It was rocky up top but the main gut skied smooth with little to no shark bites.  It looks like we return to Fall this week with warm temps forecasted to take control for the extended future.

The 7th Actual FRANK World Classic

By , April 18, 2017 7:01 PM

Alta’s closing day was one to remember.  It was so much fun you almost forgot they were closing a week early.  The annual Frank and High Boy parties were bigger than ever with loads of entertainment all afternoon.  There seemed to be quite a few injuries from the two events with multiple life flights spotted.  Hopefully everyone is ok!

Down in the Goldminer’s parking lot, after the Frank World Ski Competition was over, live bands setup to usher Alta skiers into hibernation.  Marinade and Stonefed lit up the dance floor with funky jams all afternoon.  Stoke was high and Alta skier’s couldn’t have asked for much more from another epic closing day to the season.  Thanks so much for all the support this year.  We’ll see you in the fall!

What A Season!

By , April 9, 2017 11:21 PM

The season is almost over, but not without more bottomless powder!  The weather came in strong with thunder, lightning and winds.  Graupel filled the mountain back in and eventually it turned to snow. Some hours were heavy at times, recording multiple inches per hour.  By Sunday morning Alta reported 16″ of fresh. During the day it snowed an additional 7″, totaling 26 inches! We have crossed over the 500’’ barrier for the 2016-2017 season!

Snow quality was light and fluffy all morning.  Mostly cloudy skies eventually cleared to a beautiful sunny ski day.   Alta patrol was on it like always, opening Backside early before the sun warmed the snow.  The snow got pretty heavy, but what can we expect for April 9th?  Lots of happy skiers all over the mountain were soaking in some of the last days of the winter.  Always a little sad to see it winding down, but another great season for the books!  One more week till closing folks, so get it while you can.

Spring Pow

By , March 28, 2017 8:56 PM

Old man winter isn’t quite done yet!  Monday’s burst of powder brought over a foot of snow, which made for some great storm riding. The sun came out today around 10 am which led to the openings of Backside and the Shoulder. Both of them skied smooth, creamy and a little on the heavy side.  But who is complaining?  Keyhole opened shortly after, which was ripping.  

Low crowds on the mountain reduced the powder panic, giving everyone plenty of room to get their turns in. Stunning clouds and beautiful colors in the mountains makes you never want the winter to end.  The forecast looks promising with another storm expected by Thursday! Keep it up!

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!