Posts tagged: Backside
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Although Alta only reported 1″ overnight it sure felt like plenty more. What Mother Nature did drop was perfect for covering up those hard pack spots as last night’s snow was thick and graupely. The entire mountain skied excellent and with few love birds on the hill, slopes stayed fresh well into the afternoon. The skiing was so good everywhere we didn’t even bother hiking out into Backside or Baldy Shoulder as the High T provided everything you needed. Tomorrow looks to be another fun day in the sun so get some bluebird laps in before next week’s active pattern develops!
I don’t know if it was my flu like symptoms or the very noticeable rock hard bumps under the fresh snow, but today did not click for me. The disappointing 12″ was so light and fluffy that it allowed you to punch right through to the icy base. However, if you stayed light on your feet the new snow skied really well.
The thick weekend crowd got after it today shredding up most of Alta’s terrain before afternoon. Patrol opened everything outside of the Castle and Baldy Chutes so everyone had plenty of options. Our next storm doesn’t look like it will hit until Thursday but it appears we’ll stay in a northwest flow so hopefully no valley inversions set up this week.
After yesterday’s late afternoon pow laps collided with a three hour drive home I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this morning’s powder panic’d canyon snake. Somehow though this was not the case this a.m. as traffic flowed up canyon with no delays. It snowed 15″ in 24 hours with 9″ falling overnight making for a perfect Alta powder day. Alta Ski Patrol was on it this morning and had Backside, Baldy Shoulder, Key Hole and Catherine’s open before noon. The skiing in Backside and Baldy Shoulder was a bit disappointing as most of their slopes had slid out. Luckily even the slid debris was plenty soft and allowed skiers to really open it up. The weather looks AMAZING for this week with an additional 20-30″ forecasted to fall by this Thursday. Eat, ski, sleep and repeat!
The frigid temperatures at Alta today weren’t enough to keep a crew of local lady shredders away. For a weekend bluebird pow day Alta was eerily empty. Our crew of 11 shred-tastic women made the rounds and found great snow in Backside and Baldy Shoulder, which both opened before 11am. With no crowds to contend with untracked pow lines lasted well into the afternoon. The snow was a little thick but with fresh lines everywhere it was all these ladies needed to get their shred on. Backside and Baldy Shoulder were by far today’s highlights and although the skiing off the front side was tracked the snow was still soft and playful. The extended forecast looks pretty bleak so enjoy it while it lasts. A big thank you to all the ladies who participated today. Shred on!
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.
Today at Alta was one of those pow days where everything seemed to work out perfectly. High T runs in the morning were untracked and deep. By about 11am gates to Backside and Baldy Shoulder opened and skiers were able to disperse and find their own stashes well into the afternoon. Later in the day we ventured out into Rocky Point. After digging a pit and getting favorable results, we dropped in and found the best snow on the mountain. Had to put the boot-pack in so for those of you venturing out tomorrow, you’re welcome. Enjoy!
With a storm total of 26″ and 13″ falling in the past 24 hours the skiing at Alta today was exceptionally dank. For a weekend pow day the lift lines weren’t too bad, either. The morning started out a bit sluggish but by 11am the line died out completely. It dumped from opening to close supplying fresh refills throughout the day. Alta Ski Patrol opened the Backside gate sometime around noon and it was definitely the place to be. The viz was ruff but the snow was so deep and soft it really didn’t matter. The forecast for tomorrow looks amazing but make sure you layer up as the wind speeds are predicted to reach 90mph and above. Ouch!
Considering the dismal conditions on Sunday a meager 5-inch storm overnight didn’t seem like it would be enough to turn things around. Thankfully, it did. The snow was sugary smooth and made for a night and day difference on traverses. Alta Ski Patrol opened both the Baldy Shoulder and Backside gates before noon and with an empty mountain consisting of mostly locals, conditions stayed fresh well into the afternoon. The weather forecast looks pretty appetizing for the next 7 days. It might soon be time to cash in those sick days.
If you missed the opening of Backside yesterday don’t fret. The mountain was completely empty leaving plenty of lines for you late comers. The coverage is excellent and the High Notch is even easily navigable. The Eddie’s High Nowhere hike is a bit frightening at points but, the top turns are worth the trip as it’s skiing smooth and chalky. Susie’s trees, although a little tracked by the end of the day, was still skiing soft and fluffy. It’s been less than a week since Alta’s opening day and patrol have already opened most of the mountain. Keep up the good work, guys and gals! Can’t wait for Supreme!!