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What A Season!

By , April 9, 2017 11:21 PM

The season is almost over, but not without more bottomless powder!  The weather came in strong with thunder, lightning and winds.  Graupel filled the mountain back in and eventually it turned to snow. Some hours were heavy at times, recording multiple inches per hour.  By Sunday morning Alta reported 16″ of fresh. During the day it snowed an additional 7″, totaling 26 inches! We have crossed over the 500’’ barrier for the 2016-2017 season!

Snow quality was light and fluffy all morning.  Mostly cloudy skies eventually cleared to a beautiful sunny ski day.   Alta patrol was on it like always, opening Backside early before the sun warmed the snow.  The snow got pretty heavy, but what can we expect for April 9th?  Lots of happy skiers all over the mountain were soaking in some of the last days of the winter.  Always a little sad to see it winding down, but another great season for the books!  One more week till closing folks, so get it while you can.

Spring Pow

By , March 28, 2017 8:56 PM

Old man winter isn’t quite done yet!  Monday’s burst of powder brought over a foot of snow, which made for some great storm riding. The sun came out today around 10 am which led to the openings of Backside and the Shoulder. Both of them skied smooth, creamy and a little on the heavy side.  But who is complaining?  Keyhole opened shortly after, which was ripping.  

Low crowds on the mountain reduced the powder panic, giving everyone plenty of room to get their turns in. Stunning clouds and beautiful colors in the mountains makes you never want the winter to end.  The forecast looks promising with another storm expected by Thursday! Keep it up!

Silver Fork Tour

By , March 8, 2017 12:09 PM

Monday’s storm did great things for the Wasatch’s backcountry.  North facing slopes held high quality pow even late into the afternoon when we skied.  Most of the day was full of beautiful mountain views and sparkling snow.

We skied in the Silver Fork area of Big Cottonwood Canyon.  It’s a great area for new comers to backcountry skiing.  The hike is short and mellow with no difficult switch backs the whole way up.  The terrain down is equally as forgiving with everything from open bowls to picturesque tree skiing.

High pressure and warming temps look to be taking over for the next week so get your leftover pow turns in while they last!

Refresher Storm

By , March 6, 2017 3:19 PM

Not to complain about the skiing today but by this year’s standards it was nothing to write home about.  The storm totals were up there with Alta recording 14″ of fresh but the winds really put a damper on the snow quality.  In spots you could find turns that felt like they were waist deep but those turns were followed by either a chunky layer or some shallow cream.

We found our best turns in Eagle’s Nest where there was a bit of wind protection and even Thirds was skiing great before noon.  No gates opened today besides Catherine’s so as long as we don’t get any more 100 mph winds tonight the skiing in Backside and the Shoulder should be pretty rad tomorrow.  Get it while you can.  No major storms are forecasted to impact our area anytime during the next week.

All Time

By , February 23, 2017 9:01 PM

The past couple of days at Alta have brought some of the best ski conditions we’ve seen all season.  That’s saying a lot.  At the time of this writing Alta has seen a storm total of 39″ and counting.

Yesterday was deep but nothing compared to today.  It didn’t even matter that all of Alta’s gates remained closed all day.  The snow nuked so hard from opening to close that your tracks were almost instantly filled in.  I found my deepest turns in Thirds and North Rustler but you really couldn’t go wrong no matter where you skied.  Crowds weren’t bad either.

The forecast for the coming week looks great with additional snow forecasted tonight and another storm scheduled to impact the Wasatch on Monday.  Get those powder boards waxed!

 

President’s Day Weekend Pow

By , February 19, 2017 8:40 PM

What a pleasant surprise.  The storm produced more than anticipated. A few inches yesterday, a few more overnight and a burst this morning brought this storm total to 18″!  The mountain was busy, but it didn’t feel that crowded on the slopes.  

Conditions were good all over; deep and smooth.  The snow kept up all day, covering and melting on you at all times.  Always feels good to ski soft fresh snow and great to have the season still providing. Plenty of winter to come up at Alta!   President’s day will bring some crowds, but lots of openings will help disperse skiers.  The forecast looks promising with a good chance of snow Wednesday and Thursday. Keep it coming!

Refresher Storm

By , February 11, 2017 6:34 PM

This refresher storm helped tremendously after rain fell at Alta last week. Alta received 14 inches overnight and 17 inches overall from this storm, which refilled the mountain. Skiers had plenty to choose from today. Backside opened right away and the Shoulder late morning. Catherine’s and Supreme area skied soft and smooth.

It was on the warmer side today with temps in the 30s and rising through the day. Snow got a bit heavy towards the bottom. Mostly cloudy skies and some mist made for variable visibility. But it’s always a joyous occasion to make turns with friends and family. Alta has a way of replenishing the soul.

Sunday looks like it will be a clear, gorgeous day to go up to enjoy the mountains. High pressure builds this week and there is a good chance for new snow towards next weekend. Have fun and be safe up there!

Biggest Dump of the Year

By , January 24, 2017 4:41 PM

Alta has seen it’s biggest dump of the season over the past few days.  With a storm total of 74″ and counting conditions don’t get much deeper than today!  After a full day of road and mountain closures it was nice to get a taste of what we were all missing out on yesterday.

Patrol did a great job getting a good portion of the mountain open.  Right off the bat skiers were allowed to access all shots off of the High T and Wildcat Chair.  Sugarloaf had a delayed opening but was up and running by 11:30 helping to disperse the crowds.  The snow skied deep everywhere well into the afternoon with Powder Paradise claiming the top spot for deepest run of the day.

The forecast looks decent with a few more mini-storms scheduled to effect the Wasatch over the next 24 hours.  After that high pressure looks to set in.  Get it while you can!

Little Chute Opens For The First Time This Season

By , January 15, 2017 10:07 PM

Mt. Baldy for the win today! This was where the party was at. Brilliant, blue bird skies and temps getting up to 32 degrees made for the ultimate hiking experience. Everyone was there, wanting to catch the opening of the Baldy Chutes. We skied Little Chute where the snow was soft and the turns were flawless. Even with the large crowds, there was still plenty of powder left for everyone.

Lift lines were a bit long in the morning, but cleared after lunch. Groomers off of Sugarloaf were fun and grippy. Highboy was bumped out, but the snow was still forgiving. It was a beautiful day to be up in the mountains and out of the inversion.  MLK Day will be another gorgeous one and by midweek we should see another storm rolling in. Thank you January, let’s keep it up!

A Never Ending Storm

By , January 12, 2017 3:09 PM

At this point Alta has seen a storm total of 30″ and counting.  It’s been a week to remember.  I feel like I’ve skied more powder days this year than groomer days and my legs can attest to that.

Not much opened today as you would expect from all the snowfall and high winds.  It really didn’t matter however as there wasn’t much of a crowd helping to keep most areas fresh well into the afternoon.

The snow was a little thick but because of the winds smoothing everything out you could ski as fast as you wanted knowing that you were able to dump speed at a moments notice.  I found the best snow in Westward Ho where the trees were helping to protect from the wind.  The weather looks to be drying out for the weekend and with a holiday coming up expect lots of crowds!