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A Powy Start To 2017

By , January 2, 2017 7:14 PM

What a powy start to 2017! The 10″ that fell last night was some of the lightest density snow this season. No wonder Utah is known to have the greatest snow on Earth! Highboy’s bottomless pow was a highlight today with Tongue My Chute still untouched at 10 am. Lift lines were non-existent, even though the parking lot was full. Stoke was high, proven by all the hoots and hollers that reverberated throughout the mountain.
The snow kept falling all day which made for some low vis in open areas. Sticking to the trees in Jitterbug, Lone Pine and Eagle’s Nest helped. No matter where you went today, you were guaranteed to have an epic run. More heavy snow is expected all this week so get yourself fired up!

First High Boy of the Season

By , November 22, 2016 2:22 PM

Alta received a foot of fresh in the past 24 hours making for some surprisingly tasty turns today.  You wouldn’t think things would be as filled in as they are considering our dismal season so far.  But, somehow coverage is pretty good.

I skied a High Boy lap and really only hit one rock.  The weather was gorgeous up there today and with another storm on the horizon turkey day turns should be shaping up nicely if you’re willing to hike for it.  Alta plans to open December 2nd so keep doing your snow dance.  It’s working!

 

Alta’s First Dump

By , October 9, 2016 12:32 PM

Alta received it’s first significant snowfall of the season on September 24.  Over 15″ were reported making for some skiable turns.  Rocks and stumps were everywhere but if you skied cautiously you could avoid damage to your skis.  I decided to give Baldy Shoulder a shot and was pleasantly surprised by the conditions only hitting one rock on the way down.

A few brave shredders that day tackled Main Chute with decent results in the gut of the chute.  It looks like were back to sunny warm temps for the next couple of weeks but winter will be here before you know it!

Alta’s 2016 Best Moments

By , March 14, 2016 9:39 PM

It hasn’t exactly been a record breaking year this season but compared to the last four winters we’ve been spoiled.  By the end of December and January most locals were under Mother Nature’s powder spell and were convinced we were back on track to an average if not record breaking year.

Unfortunately February never delivered and instead broke records in the wrong direction.  It was the warmest February on record and skiers began to wonder if we’d ever see a typical Alta winter again.  Luckily Alta always seems to impress and things have started to pick back up now that our snowiest month has arrived.

Check out our best shots from this season and stay tuned for more to come!  Spring pow has just sprung!

 

Devil’s Castle Laps

By , February 23, 2016 5:31 PM

Conditions at Alta today were insanely good for a 6″ dump.  Most gates remained closed yesterday retaining fresh turns for today.  Baldy Shoulder and Backside both opened at the beginning of the day with Devil’s Castle dropping it’s gate around 11:00.

The fresh snow skied light and fluffy with minimal bumps underneath due to the buffing effect the high winds had on things earlier this week.  Crowds weren’t too bad considering the parking lot was pretty full and slopes stayed fresh well into the day.  The forecast doesn’t look great but there is a chance of some precip impacting the state Saturday and Monday.

Bye Bye Bumps, Hello Cream

By , February 15, 2016 6:04 PM

Alta reported a storm total of 8″ this afternoon.  The fresh snow completely covered up all the icy bumps from this weekend.  Winds stayed consistent all day and refreshed lines after each lap.  Most of Alta’s terrain remained closed except for Catherine’s.

Towards the end of the day the snow down low started to set up a bit but lines up top in Thirds and High Boy remained silky smooth and buttery until lifts closed.  The forecast looks decent with another storm predicted for Thursday.

Conditions Holding At Variable

By , January 5, 2016 6:16 PM

Outside of the low light viz the skiing wasn’t half bad today.  The couple of inches that Alta reported overnight helped soften up the groomers and fill in the bumps off piste.  Gunsight was skiing exceptionally smooth and powy along the sidewalls but required a lot of work through the gut.

The High T has been well maintained by Alta Ski Patrol and is virtually rockless all the way out. Groomers are super grippy and fun but the miscellaneous bumps that kept popping out of nowhere made it hard to stay in control.  The forecast doesn’t look awesome but at least there’s a couple of mini-storms on our doorstep.
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Alta Gets Pounded

By , December 23, 2015 10:17 PM

The snow keeps dumping at Alta. Too much actually. So much that the avalanche danger is extreme. Several areas including Thirds and Greeley broke off all the way down to the ground according to Alta Ski Patrol.

The wind was brutal today to the point where you couldn’t even see where you were skiing. The snow also showed signs of wind hammering.

We hiked a low Shoulder which had deep and playful turns. Most other runs were noticeably wind affected. Not much else opened up including the entire High Traverse.

All in all today was very disappointing. We waited in the front of the Collins chair line for two hours only to be unloaded at the angle station. And when we got to the base 5 minutes later they had already started loading skiers to the top for fresh tracks on Fred’s Trees. It was one of those days.

Powder, Powder, and More Powder

By , December 22, 2015 6:22 PM

There really isn’t any way of avoiding this, today was epic.  And if the forecast is correct, tomorrow is going to be more of the same.  The first couple runs were described as all-time, yes another cliche but the skiing at Alta today lived up to those words.

Thirds was skiing deep, and the rocks even skier’s left and through the chokes are starting to get covered up.  Eagle’s Nest was pillowy making fast skiing possible even in the tightest trees.  High Boy and Regal were smooth and fast all day long.  Powder Paradise and North Rustler were where we found our deepest turns of the day.  Go get it tomorrow, we’ll see you up there!

Holiday Pow

By , December 21, 2015 9:10 PM

The 5″ overnight softened almost all of Alta’s crusty snow from the previous few days. In certain areas like Thirds and North Rustler the snow was skiing much deeper than the 5 inches reported.

The High Traverse has a very promising base. Rocks were still present but this early in the season that should be expected. The upper sidesteps are in pretty good shape too.

Eagle’s Nest has better coverage than we saw most of the past few seasons. High Boy and Regal Chute are filling in too. Greeley Bowl might have been the highlight of the day with smooth soft snow that allowed for some real and comfortable speed.  The forecast for tonight and beyond looks very promising with a storm total of up to 36″ by Wednesday!