Once again the skiing at Alta was epic! Probably the best day of the season so far. We found turns on Baldy Shoulder, Rocky Point and Patsey Marley that were neck deep. Literally neck deep. It really doesn’t get much better than today, or the past 5 days for that matter. Cliffs all over the place had softer landings than we’ve seen at Alta in 3 years.
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Alta only received 2″ of thick Sierra cement yesterday but after some previous wind buffing days the fresh snow actually went a long way. Skiing off of the Jitterbug bootpack provided some great low angle pow turns in Greely but with nothing else opened it was hard to consider hiking it again. Luckily Baldy shoulder was skiing great with much less of a hike to find the goods. Even Bad News was skiable if you picked your line wisely.
West Rustler was also smooth and fast but a little chundary down low if you were carrying much speed. Forecast looks bleak for the next week with possibly a storm arriving on our doorstep sometime around the 12th of December. Let’s hope winter ramps up soon!
Alta welcomed 9″ of fresh pow overnight and with skies clearing this morning you couldn’t ask for a prettier day. Patrol opened every gate besides the chutes and Devil’s Castle by first chair, really helping to spread out the powder hungry crowd. The skiing off of High Eddie’s, Baldy Shoulder, Jitterbug, and everything down the front side was great. There was a noticeable hard layer underneath but as the snow got pushed around more the icy base became less and less of an issue. According to friends up canyon lake effect snow squalls moved in around 5pm so hopefully it keeps churning all night!
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 upper Baldy Shoulder traverse opened again today after being closed for weeks. You have to do the limbo under some ropes to get there but, today it was worth it. The snow was smooth and creamy and with the Jitterbug boot pack still closed Baldy Shoulder was one of your best options. The video below was filmed in the Bad News chutes where coverage was surprisingly decent. Looks like another sunny day tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for a Jitterbug boot pack opening.