It was a cold but beautiful day at Alta. Cloudy but sunny at times, and no wind. Most terrain is now open with the exception of Devil’s Castle and Supreme Bowl, but we chose to head into Alta’s side country.
Rocky Point from A Frame to C Frame slid to the ground. However the rest of the area was skiing great with soft powdery turns everywhere. Patsey Marley as well skied great and the rock coverage is fantastic for this early in the winter. Plenty of tracks still to be had out there and with no major storms in the forecast there’s no reason not to venture out now!
Once again the skiing at Alta was epic! Probably the best day of the season so far. We found turns on Baldy Shoulder, Rocky Point and Patsey Marley that were neck deep. Literally neck deep. It really doesn’t get much better than today, or the past 5 days for that matter. Cliffs all over the place had softer landings than we’ve seen at Alta in 3 years.
Backside opened late in the afternoon and we also heard reports of part of Keyhole opening up. Bottom line is if you haven’t been up lately, you probably should head up there tomorrow or the next because the snow is deep and fluffy and ready for you. Get it!
With the recently opened Supreme liftAlta skiers now have access into Rocky Point’s endless pow lines. Skiers were getting after it today making laps from Sunset to B Frame. The snow was soft and deep but coverage could still use a few more storms.
Patrol opened Baldy Shoulder and lower Backside as well this morning and both were skiing great but quickly got tracked out. Now all we need is access into Eagle’s Nest and the rest of North Rustler and we’ll be sitting pretty as far as open terrain options. Forecast is calling for a storm tomorrow but isn’t looking too strong. Let’s hope Saturday’s storm delivers!
Alta received 16″ of fresh out of this weeks storm making for some primo skiing conditions. Backside opened up early on in the morning and was absolutely shredding. Baldy Shoulder and Devil’s Castle remained closed all day but the rest of the mountain was skiing so good you didn’t really notice. People were throwing down in Rocky Point and Patsey Marley was skiing silky smooth from top to bottom. The forecast for tomorrow looks to be HOT, HOT, HOT with more stormy weather returning for Sunday. Bring it on Spring!
If you had a long work week Mother Nature evidently felt your pain. Dropping 17″ over the past 48 hours you couldn’t have asked for better pow days. Although voluptuous, last nights snowfall was a bit thick and in most places didn’t allow for any deep trenching turns. Skiing the Backside you almost felt like you were skiing on a groomer as you really didn’t sink in to the fresh pow at all. Keyhole seemed to be the one exception as face shots and waist deep turns were a-plenty. In Rocky Point Alta locales were hucking their meat throwing ginormous airs off of both A and B Frame. Our next system looks to make it’s way in starting tomorrow night and is forecasted to bring us 5-10″ of additional snowfall. Don’t put away those pow boards yet!
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!
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!
The winds must have been howling last night because the 8 inches that fell in the past 24 hours were hard to find. Even when you did find a nice pillow of snow to turn in it was usually accompanied by a rock hard chunk of chunder. Rocky Point skied smooth and fast but you still felt that ever-present ice layer underneath the fresh snow. We found some of our best tuns in Lone Pine where it must of had some wind protection. Hopefully the sunny skies tomorrow soften up that crusty layer. Enjoy it while it lasts. Less than a month left before Alta closes.
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!
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.