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!
Conditions at Alta today were insanely good for a 6″ dump. Most gates remained closed yesterday retaining fresh turns for today. Baldy Shoulder and Backside both opened at the beginning of the day with Devil’s Castle dropping it’s gate around 11:00.
The fresh snow skied light and fluffy with minimal bumps underneath due to the buffing effect the high winds had on things earlier this week. Crowds weren’t too bad considering the parking lot was pretty full and slopes stayed fresh well into the day. The forecast doesn’t look great but there is a chance of some precip impacting the state Saturday and Monday.
The past few days at Alta have been absolutely amazing. The 16″ that recently fell were light and fluffy and with no winds associated with the storms the powder skiing couldn’t be better. Inbounds, most slopes are pretty tracked out but Alta’s slackcountry is still skiing exceptionally powy.
Devil’s Castle opened today for the first time this season but was only a partial opening and not really worth the hike after the first 30 minutes. The forecast doesn’t look great but we still have shots at snow later in the week. Check out Saturday and Sunday’s edits below!
Even though Alta hasn’t had much new snow conditions are holding up nicely if you put in some effort. The Castle’s Apron is rippin’ smooth and fast along skier’s right side and there’s some decent leftover pow turns in the lower trees. Baldy Shoulder isn’t quite as buffed but is still holding some cream up high.
Groomers are for the most part grippy with a few icy spots mixed in. Shots off the High T from West Rustler to High Boy are still smooth and chalky but you’ll likely hit some hard pack on the way down. Forecast is looking gloomy with High pressure setting in for the next week. Get you Spring skiing in early this year.
The 2″ of fresh that fell Friday night continues to provide smooth skiing conditions all around Alta. Upper Backside and the Castle are skiing fast and creamy. Keyhole unfortunately has a bit of a sun crust but the few shaded areas are still holding on to some deep fluff.
Runs off the High T are schralped but surprisingly not too bumped up yet. Forecast looks to be calling for a few small systems to move through starting Monday but high pressure is set to settle in for the remainder of the week.
Devil’s Castle opened early this afternoon and with no one skiing today fresh tracks were easy to find run after run. The snow was surprisingly setup and wind affected in spots but you could still find lots of fluff depending on the aspect.
The rest of the mountain is pretty beat up yet still fun. The fresh snow from Monday’s storm has thickened rather quickly but we still found soft turns on Baldy Shoulder and Backside. Rumors have it that Main Chute might open tomorrow so make sure you don’t miss that!
Alta Ski Patrol pleasantly surprised me this afternoon. Expecting to tool around on icy groomers all afternoon I was super stoked to see skiers blasting down the freshly opened Main Chute. Arriving at 2:00 in the afternoon didn’t exactly help my position in line but the leftover bumped up snow was still skiing great. Coverage is for the most part good to go only nicking a couple of small rocks on my way down.
Not only did Main Chute open today but the Devil’s Castle Apron did as well. I wasn’t able to spin a lap over there but from the glimpses I caught while on Sugarloaf it looks to be skiing smooth and fast. Tomorrow looks to be another sunny day so I have to imagine both areas will reopen in the morning. Enjoy!
With a little bit of effort we were able to find some mediocre skiing today. The chutes in Devil’s Castle were tracked but still worth the trek off the groomers. Supreme Bowl was skiing soft and the sunny slopes made it a top pick for today. Groomers are starting to get pretty icy but are still fast and fun. The holiday crowds are officially gone and it looks like the valley inversion might soon be too. It’s about time we see some snow back in the forecast!
Devils Castle opened today for the first time this season. The early shots got tracked up quick but very few were venturing all the way out. The snow was velvety smooth and creamy allowing for as much speed as you could take. The Apron was decent but not necessarily worth the hike as the skiing was just as good if not better along the main wall. Alta was empty today so there’s plenty of lines left if you’re thinking about getting after it tomorrow. Happy shredding!
Sunny and icy was the name of the game at Alta today. With the extremely warm temps you would have thought the snow might soften up a bit, but this was not the case. Groomers were very slippery in spots, often causing you to lose an edge. There was some decent wind buffed chalk in Tombstone off of Baldy Shoulder and some mediocre pockets of cream in Devil’s Castle but, other than that it was slim pickings today. It’s gonna take a massive dump to turn things around up here and it looks like our chance will not come until late next weekend.