The season is coming to a close but don’t tell Alta that. 9″ of thick Spring mank blanketed Alta’s slopes yesterday. The storm came in with lots of lightning causing Ski Patrol to shut down the mountain around 1:00 pm. The mountain remained closed for the remainder of the day providing some smooth first tracks this morning.
Patrol were bombing all over the place and most aspects were sliding pretty far causing the High T to remain closed all day. Luckily Baldy Shoulder opened around 11:00 giving skiers a few more chances to dip their tips in fresh pow one last time. Temps were warm but the sun didn’t come out much so hopefully tomorrow morning will still be good. Get it before it’s gone!
The scorching temps today did little to turn us away from the newly opened Main Chute and Devil’s Castle. With a foot of untouched fresh both areas were skiing fantastic. Devil’s Castle skied extremely smooth and buttery and was by far the place to be all day. Main Chute skied great early on but quickly manked up and was pretty sun affected by early afternoon.
The rest of the mountain is pretty beat up but still fun at lower speeds. The weekend looks to be sunny and warm and there’s definitely still some fluff left in the Castle Apron. Get it before the sun does!
Alta hasn’t seen fresh snow in over two weeks. Not that going two weeks without fresh pow has been unusual this year but atleast it’s finally back. Unfortunately the 6″ we saw fall during the day today was not enough to cover up the crusty ice layer beneath.
If you stuck to low angle the snow skied great but the minute you stepped into some steeper terrain the soft turns quickly morphed into bumpy hard pack. The forecast is calling for snow to continue into tonight and tomorrow morning. An additional 3-5″ could certainly hide the firm-pack.
After the unseasonably warm temps over the weekend a cold front packing minimal precip seemed like it wouldn’t be enough to turn things around at Alta. However the 4″ we were awarded went a long way. Maybe I’m just suffering from high pressure delusion but at this point in the season 4″ is plenty to get excited about.
Most gates other than Catherine’s remained closed for the day. Rocky Point by far skied the smoothest and deepest. High Boy, Eagle’s Nest, and all other aspects off the High T skied great every other turn but horrifically hard and bumpy on the following turn. The forecast still looks decent with another wave of moisture expected to impact Alta starting in the a.m.!
Well the soft corny conditions from a few days ago are long gone and firm crusty conditions have taken their place. The recent cold front has shown it’s wrath and turned many of Alta’s slopes into bulletproof sheets of ice.
It is not recommended to venture off the groomers especially Backside which has remained closed during the morning hours for the past two days. Warmer temps look to be settling in by tomorrrow so hopefully that will loosen up the snow a bit and bring us back some corn. Mother Nature where are you?
For a month that typically brings loads of snow to Alta March hasn’t exactly been performing to it’s full potential. We’ve seen one decent storm towards the beginning of the month but our long range forecast looks bleak and I doubt we’ll be making up for our dismal winter this month.
However, the skiing really isn’t half bad. Groomers are grippy and smooth and off-trail conditions are holding up nicely with some great corn to be had. Coverage is certainly taking a hit. Trying to get into Gunsight now requires rock skis and the Thirds traverse is one hot day from becoming a scree field. By mid-February I was telling myself March would put us back on track but I guess now I’ll have to root for April!
Record breaking temps have plagued our winter for weeks now but it’s hard to complain when conditions are still skiing as good as they are. Alta Ski Patrol opened the gates to Main Chute and Devil’s Castle today providing some extremely ripping turns.
Main Chute skied super chalky and face-shotty earning it the top spot for today. The rest of the mountain skied exceptionally great as well with plenty of wind-buffed smooth surfaces to crank turns on. The forecast for early this week looks good with another 4-7″ predicted for Monday however temps look to be on the rise again for the rest of the week.
The conditions at Alta haven’t changed much over the past two weeks. Mountain temps are rivaling those of late April and the snow towards the bottom is becoming extremely sticky. Fortunately winds and lots of local traffic have kept High Boy smooth as a baby’s behind. You can actually carry speed and grip where you need to. Thirds and Eagle’s Nest are skiing surprisingly fast and buffy as well.
Clouds thickened throughout the day and a few flurries/rain drops started to fly late in the afternoon but only a trace was recorded by days end. Our extended forecast has chances for snow almost every day this week but we’ll likely only see a few inches.
Starting tomorrow at the Wildcat Base,Alta and the Deep Powder House will be hosting their yearly demo day. Offering FREE next-year demos from over 33 of the industries top ski manufactures this is an event you won’t want to miss. According to Alta,
Join us at the Wildcat Base on April 6th, for Alta in April’s Free Demo Day! Leave your old skis at home and get an early look at what some of the biggest ski companies are going to offer next season! Last year 33 companies brought skis to test and we are hoping for even more options this year! In association with the Alta Ski Shop and the Powder House Ski Shops and as a part of the 2 weeklong “Alta in April” celebration of the end of another great winter at Alta Ski Area, we invite you to enjoy sales on apparel, as well as live music at the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge.
Some of the ski companies attending include: Rossignol, Salomon, VÖLKL, Armada Skis, Tecnica, Blizzard, Dynastar, 7Mile, Fischer, Faction, Meier, Head, Big Wood, Atomic, Line, K2, Deviation, ON3P, DPS, H2O Outdoor, Gear, Moment, Soul Poles, 4Frnt, and Ramp.
Don’t miss your chance to try out those skis you’ve been dreaming about! See you tomorrow!
What a difference a couple of days can make! This past Sunday felt like mid winter and now today we’re looking at valley temps reaching into the 80’s! Fortunately conditions at Alta are remaining better than you’d expect. Alta Ski Patrol has almost the entire mountain open including the Baldy Chutes. The snow up high is staying soft and shredy but down low the snow is complete mank. We found great turns on Baldy Shoulder and in the Nest but the best conditions looked to be in the Castle and the Baldy Chutes. The forecast this week looks to stay warm so grab your skis and get your tan on!