Looking for some fun activities this month up at Alta? Look no further than ACE (Alta Community Enrichment). They have some great happenings this month from the WEXL Ping Pong Invitational tomorrow night, Feb 8th (can someone say Balls of Fury?) to Flamenco dancing on February 20th. ACE never disappoints when it comes to music, either. Stonefed, local jam band, will be playing at the Peruvian Bar on Sunday February 19th. Whatever your pleasure, ACE has got you covered.
February has brought more than just snow, activities and music. Nate (The Daily Pow extraordinaire) and his wife Katie just welcomed their first little shredder on February 2nd. We apologize for the not as frequent daily conditions reports, but Nate will be back before you know it. The storm outlook seems promising, forecasting to start snowing again Thursday night. Last weekend was a nice break in weather, giving skiers their blue bird days before more weather rolled in. This week’s storm didn’t hit as hard as we all wanted, but skiing has still been smooth and creamy. Our hopes are high for this coming weekend.
Wow! What a week it has been, or so I’ve heard. My friends have made sure to fill me in on the many face-shots that I’ve missed all week while up in Montana. From the looks of Alta’s pic of the day I have learned another very valuable lesson: Never leave Alta during the Winter, ever! Although I’ve just missed the biggest week of the year it’s hard not to get excited about the 44″ of fresh that has fallen over the past couple of days. With none of Alta’s gates opening today hopefully I’ll get a taste of what I’ve missed tomorrow. If you’re a fan of Big Sky, MT check out our edit from last week. We only received 6″ while we were up there, but the chute skiing was great. See you on the hill tomorrow for another epic Alta pow day! It’s good to be back!
With over two feet of pow forecasted to blanket the Wasatch yesterday, a storm total of 7″ was disappointing. Normally for this season 7″ would be considered an epic day but with so much anticipation leading up to the storm it was hard to get too excited over the weak tease of a dump. Regardless of the lack of snow and thick holiday crowds the skiing was still good. We found soft turns pretty much everywhere yesterday but today Alta’s inbounds terrain was getting beat up. We found a much more manageable holiday crowd and smoother turns in Rocky Point. The forecast looks pretty good for the next few days with 8-13 predicted to fall by Thursday night. Let’s hope forecasters are right this time!
This morning Alta reported 22 inches in 24 hours. The combination of deep pow and sunny skies made for an extremely difficult time getting up canyon. Little Cottonwood ended up not opening until 11:30am with access to Alta not opening until 12:15pm. Even if you were one of the first ones in line you still had to continue to wait as Alta’s lifts didn’t start spinning until 1:30. With a very limited amount of terrain open and a large weekend crowd Alta’s slopes were tracked within the first hour. The snow today was no typical Utah pow but it was still soft and creamy and provided for far better conditions then we’ve had all year. It looks like we could see some more snow tomorrow night before more warm and dry air moves back in mid week.