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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!

 

Labor Day Ski/Gear Deals

By , August 25, 2012 2:57 PM

If you scored a Mountain Collective Ski Pass from Liftopia then you’re going to need to gear up. Regardless of what mountain pass you score this year, take a look at Ski Bum Poet‘s pics for summer clearance ski sales. There are a couple of opportunities here to save 20% on your entire order using promo codes.

Labor Day Ski Sales 2012

Atomic Bent Chetler Ski

By , March 8, 2012 7:27 PM

Atomic Bent Chetler Ski

Atomic Logo

If you are looking for a great ski for slaying pow you should check out the Atomic Bent Chetler. Not only can these skis rage on the mountain, they have pretty cool graphics to show off.

The Bent Chetler skis are a hybrid-powder profile ski. Freerider Chris Benchetler designed these, and they are fun on deep powder days, jibbing off pillows or smearing those buttery turns. They have a tapered tip and tail and wood core construction with camber, and a sidewall construction that grips on steeps and icy slopes.

The graphics were new for the 2011-2012 season and the tail has been stiffened. They come in 192 and 183 length and have the dimensions of 142mm tip, 123mm underfoot and a tail measuring 134mm. So whether you are skiing a deep powder day or doing spins off pillows or skiing a big mountain line, the Atomic Bent Chetler ski will not disappoint.

Retail Price: $699

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More Splitting Storms

By , February 8, 2012 6:06 PM

Alta continues to suffer from the annoying high pressure hovering over California and Nevada. The storm that split and lightly sprinkled over the area today is supposed to drop a trace to an inch of snow tonight before high pressure and warming temps move back in. Although the snow wasn’t piling up quick today, it still softened things up a bit. We found some smooth turns on North Greeley and some decent skiing in Lone Pine where you could actually see through the fog. Long range forecasts for the Wasatch look somewhat promising with a storm predicted to pass through northern Utah Sunday night and another one next Tuesday. Hopefully our upcoming Spring months make up for our non-existent Winter months.

Thirds - Matt Conti

Salomon BBR Ski

By , February 4, 2012 3:10 PM

Salomon BBR SkiIf you’ve been eying the Salomon BBR Ski come to Alta this Saturday and Sunday February 4 and 5 to take a spin on these great powder skis. They will carve like no other ski you’ve been on but we’ll let you be the judge of that.

Salomon designer, Berber created the BBR ski by being inspired through surfing, kite-surfing and gliding sports on snow and water. He designed the ski as a true powder ski that carves on-piste but an on-piste ski that floats in the powder.

The BBR is not designed as the typical X-shape but is designed with a new V-shape. This shape is modeled after the shape of a surf board. The tip of the ski is shaped similar to the tip of a surf board with a narrow waist and a pin tail. Basically you’ll be skiing on an over-sized surfboard like tip with a rocker shape that will allow you to float in the powder yet adapt to any terrain and conditions the mountain offers.

The narrow waist and pintail of the BBR, provide grip and playfulness on harder snow. You will be able to make short radius turns and short edge to edge turns while skiing on on-piste terrain. The beauty of this ski is you can take it over to a powder field and will be guaranteed great flotation. Salomon calls the BBR the ‘V’ shape because it’s literally two skis in one.

Join us up at Alta at the base of Collins lift this Saturday and Sunday to test out theSalomon BBR Ski and see if it will live up to its legend.

Retail Price: $815.00

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Line Mr Pollard Opus Skis

By , February 1, 2012 10:58 PM

Eric Pollard has done it again, he has produced in collaboration with Line Skis, a true all mountain powder ski. The 2012 Mr Pollard Opus Ski is a slimmed down version from its predecessor EP Pro and its definitely stiffer for the 2012 season and the graphics are not too bad either.

Don’t be fooled thinking this only a ski for the boys, my friend Sarah was rocking these skis like no ones business. They come with a Maple Macrobook Core and have one of the most durable flexes out there due to the 100% tip to tail wood core.

The sidewall construction is an ABS plastic wall over the edges that will absorb impact and vibrations for a smooth ride on the mountain in any condition or terrain. It’s shaped with an early rise in the tip and tail giving you the necessary float in the powder.

Dimensions: 17.2m @ 185cm and 175cm, 144/118/141

If you are looking for an effortless ski that will glide over the crude, float in the powder and be playful and nimble in tight chutes the Line Mr Pollard Opus Ski is the ski you should go with. Don’t be fooled though, you have to bring your A-game to ski these sticks or they will end up skiing you. See you out on the mountain.

Retail Price: $850.00

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Rossignol FKS Binding

By , January 12, 2012 1:39 AM

Rossignol FKS BindingDon’t let the color of these bindings scare you away. I was in the middle of a competition run moving from one feature to the next and I look down and I have no ski. I flexed my ski so hard it released my binding. I never looked back after that moment and will always have a Rossignol binding on my skis.

The Rossignol FKS binding is a sure bet and has helped me and fellow competitors stand atop many podiums. This binding has seven points of contact and the longest elastic travel of any binding out there. The FKS binding has elastic travel throughout the binding movement to allow room for recovery before a fall, resulting in the best prevention for pre-release binding currently on the market.

I was a little nervous the moveable or turnable heel piece would be too much for me to handle but I love it. It’s easy to click into and I feel nimble when skiing on them and trust their function and stability as a binding. The turnable heel piece accurately controls retention and the release of the binding. Basically this binding won’t release when you don’t want it to but in major crashes it’ll release to save your knees.

A special feature to this binding is that it has the shortest mounting zone available. This binding will allow your ski to flex where it naturally would making your turns more effortless and seamless and less energy will be used to make the ski do what you want it to do. The beauty of this binding is that it will allow every movement from your foot to translate directly to your ski. It comes with a dual action race toe piece providing reinforced contact in high stress areas. The Rossignol FKS binding comes in two different dins, 18 DIN and a 14 DIN and it comes with an XXL brake option to accommodate your powder ski, a necessity here in Utah.

Don’t worry, you’ll be noticed on the mountain with these bright bindings attached to your skis. Everyone will know you are a true shredder and mean business.

DIN pricing varies. Check Availability @Backcountry.com or compare prices from other top stores by clicking the “Buy Now” button below.

FKS 140 MSRP: $299 | FKS 180: $439

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

By , December 22, 2011 6:25 PM

With Christmas just around the corner it was nice to finally see some fresh snowfall. Although this storm didn’t produce like we all would have liked, it did make for some good turns today. Alta reported a storm total of 7 inches and we found plenty of great skiing, especially off of the Wildcat Lift in Westward Ho.  High Boy was also skiing very well if you traversed far skiers right under Rustler 4. Temperatures remain pretty cold so make sure you bring that extra layer with you.  It doesn’t look like we’ll see anymore flakes fly before Christmas so get some shredding in while you can.  Hopefully Baldy Shoulder and the Jitterbug boot pack open tomorrow as I’m sure there’s plenty of great skiing left in those areas.  The video below was filmed mostly off of High Boy and Westward Ho where locals were shredding it up all day.  I hope everyone has a happy holiday over the weekend.  Keep praying for more snow.

Alta Christmas Tree

Volkl Shiro Skis

By , December 8, 2011 11:12 PM

Volkl Shiro SkisI have a new love, my recently purchased Volkl Shiro Skis. I couldn’t wait any longer for the snow to fall so I took them out on the little snow Alta currently has and decided I was hooked. These skis were amazing on the ice, crud, groomers; truly an amazing all around ski. I haven’t skied the powedr yet but I’m sure they will more than exceed my expectations.

These skis are fully rockered, carbon reinforced wood core (ash, poplar, carbon) and a sandwich construction. I was nervous for the full rocker ski but it offered a solid and stable ride and made it easy to carve a turn on the groomers and made my turns off piste easy and were quick edge to edge. Dimensions are 151/119/135mm for all lengths and are available in the lengths of 173, 183, 193cm.

If you are looking for a big mountain, all around powder ski, look no further. The Volkl Shiro is the ski for you.

MSRP: $899 Get them at Backcountry.com for $699