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!
Record breaking temps have plagued our winter for weeks now but it’s hard to complain when conditions are still skiing as good as they are. Alta Ski Patrol opened the gates to Main Chute and Devil’s Castle today providing some extremely ripping turns.
Main Chute skied super chalky and face-shotty earning it the top spot for today. The rest of the mountain skied exceptionally great as well with plenty of wind-buffed smooth surfaces to crank turns on. The forecast for early this week looks good with another 4-7″ predicted for Monday however temps look to be on the rise again for the rest of the week.
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!
Today at Alta could have turned out really good had it not been for the last run of the day. Main Chute opened for the first time this season and other than the couple of moguls in the entry the chute skied great with soft snow down the entire line. High Boy skied chalky and fast and west-facing sunny slopes softened and skied great too. Crowds weren’t bad at all other than on the bottlenecks of the groomers. Check the video evidence in the edit of what went wrong last run. Entry into High Boy is rocky but doable and I navigated successfully earlier but caught a rock that hooked my ski and sent my right leg directly onto a rock. A small storm is set to bump Utah Friday into Saturday and I keep hearing about a real pattern change about a week or so from now. Keep your fingers crossed for more snow, let’s cover up those rocks!
The skiing over the past few days at Alta hasn’t really stacked up to the conditions from last week. Alta received 3-4″ over the weekend but the strong winds and packed parking lot really took their tole on the more popular areas. High Boy skied decent yesterday but it’s wind affected slopes really didn’t allow you to dig in much. Main Chute today was pretty tracked out from the busy weekend crowd but still skied deep down low along the side walls. This weeks forecast looks somewhat active but no major accumulations are expected.
If you’re looking for one last run this year be sure to check out Snowbird’s cheater tram lap of Main Chute. There’s no need to hike from the base of Alta. Just grab a $17 tram pass at the Bird and within minutes you’ll be less than a 30 minute walk to the top of Mt. Baldy. We skied Main Chute this past Monday and the snow was surprisingly good in spots. There’s plenty of rocks scattered about but the snow goes from top to bottom. With the forecasted heat wave coming these next few days I’d say this weekend will likely be your last chance to send it down this classic chute. Get it before it’s too late!
Alta Ski Patrol opened Main Chute and Keyhole today for the first time this season. I was unfortunately not able to make it in time to catch a run down Main Chute but, according to friends it was skiing great. I was able to barely make it through the Keyhole gate before closing and the snow, although tracked, was still skiing soft and fast. Patrol only opened the left side of Keyhole so it looks like we’ll have to wait to taste those right side lines. Our next storm is forecasted to arrive this Sunday. Keep those fingers crossed for a white Christmas!
Main Chute opened this morning sometime around 10:30am. I unfortunately missed the opening but did get a chance to ski it about an hour later. Although not super fluffy like I’m sure it was when it first opened, Main Chute skied very smooth with deep shots still left along the sidewalls. None of the other Baldy Chutes opened so Main Chute got tracked up pretty quickly. Luckily Baldy Shoulder, Backside, and Rocky Point were still skiing great. Patsy Marley was a little set up as of yesterday afternoon so we didn’t hike that today but with all the good snow everywhere else you didn’t really need too. Forecasters are calling for a decent long range forecast with the first series of storms sliding through Utah sometime Saturday night. Enjoy the holiday weekend everybody.