It was cold and beautiful at Alta today. Visibility was perfect, the snow-guns were blowing, and the snow was soft. Baldy Shoulder opened with access either from the Wildcat via boot-pack or Main Street to a long sidestep. You could avoid a lot of the sidestep and ski early right past the gate. However, the turns up high were definitely worth at least one trip to the top. We still found some rocks, and stumps, but things are really starting to fill in.
Also of note, the rest of the Wildcat terrain out to Westward Ho is now open and probably has been for a day or two. Long range forecast doesn’t look great so might as well get up there while the getting is still good!
The Christmas holiday brought every skiers dream present…POW! Yesterday’s storm dropped an additional 19″ on top of the dense 32″ from a few days ago. Conditions couldn’t be better.
Our initial runs today were good but with the ever-present bumps left over from yesterday you really couldn’t open it up like you wanted to. Thankfully patrol dropped the ropes into Baldy Shoulder early on in the day and gave holiday shredders a taste of what Alta does best. The light and fluffy pow kept skiers hooting and hollering for hours.
The forecast looks great with another storm predicted to impact Utah Saturday night!
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!
We’re one week away from Alta Ski Area’s opening day and conditions are shaping up nicely. With uphill traffic closing today at 4 pm skiers and snowboarders were anxious to carve some turns before Alta starts it’s final preparations for opening day.
With a meager 4″ storm total on top of the foot + we received two weeks ago I expected there to be way more rocks than snow. Luckily my turns were made in all the right places and I only ended up skimming over a few rocky spots. Obviously they ‘re out there but if you stick to the grassy areas your skis should live to see another day.
Forecasts are calling for another 5-9″ tonight with high pressure setting in on Sunday. If you’re looking for more details on Alta’s opening day be sure to check out their newsletter here. See you all next week!
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!
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.
The traffic heading up canyon has been pretty unbearable the past couple of days but Alta has provided plenty of rewards for those who wait. With nearly two feet falling in the past 48 hours it’s been hard to complain. Backside opened up this morning and outside of the low viz and powder panic’d holiday skiers the snow was phenomenal. It got tracked up quick but there were plenty of other options to choose from. We ended up shredding Key Hole laps for most of the day waiting for patrol to let us into Baldy Shoulder. Unfortunately it didn’t open until almost 3pm awarding those that didn’t have to work this afternoon. High pressure looks to be setting in for the coming week so get your pow laps in while you can.
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!
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.