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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!

Where’s Winter?

By , December 8, 2015 5:06 PM

Alta reported 1″ overnight this morning.  Luckily it was a pretty dense inch that provided some decent turns in spots.  Off the Wild Cat lift runs in Punch Bowl and Warm Up were smooth and fast.

The Tower 10 traverse is a little more filled in and as long as you take the low road stumps and rocks are pretty much nonexistent through West Rustler.  Beyond that from Stone Crusher over you still have to deal with some rocky down-climbs.  The forecast is starting to look up with two storms scheduled over the next week.

Alta’s 2015-2016 Opening Day

By , November 20, 2015 6:30 PM

Alta’s opening day for the 2015-2016 season was better than expected.  With only a 22″ base skiing off piste seemed sketchy.  Fortunately the 3″ of dense graupel that fell last night made most open areas skiable.

Baldy Shoulder is filling in nicely with plenty of clean lines to be had.  Runs off of Wild Cat are a little rocky down low but not bad up high in Punch Bowl and Warm Up.  Tower 10 and the High T still have a ways to go but hopefully after our Thanksgiving storm we’ll be skiing everywhere.  Get some this weekend!

 

 

Early Season Bluebird Pow

By , November 11, 2015 9:06 PM

Alta reported a storm total of 13″ and the new snow has done a great job of providing us with a base for opening day.  Skiers and snowboarders were out in masses today and most lines were skied including Main Chute and High Boy.  The base obviously isn’t there yet if you’re hoping to get away without a base-shot or two but getting back on snow has been well worth the ski abuse.

The lake effect that fell last night must have come with some winds as some slopes were a little wind affected causing the snow to feel much denser than yesterday.  The forecast doesn’t look amazing by any means but there is another storm in the works for next Monday.  Keep doing your snow dance!

 

The 53rd Annual Frank World Classic Ski Competition

By , April 21, 2015 8:36 PM

This year’s 53rd Annual Frank World Classic Ski Competition was the place to be this past Sunday.  With competitors throwing everything from high flying tricks to brutal crashes, spectators were treated to quite the show!

The venue wasn’t quite as done-up as last years with no tunnel or bump line to get creative in but the jumps were massive.  Everything from misty 720’s to daffy-twister-spreads were being thrown and only one participant ended up getting hurt.

Frank hasn’t seen this many party-goers yet and the event only seems to be getting bigger and bigger.  I hope everyone had a great time this year.  Until next year’s Frank.  Frank On!

Spring Pow Is Here

By , April 8, 2015 6:07 PM

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.

Alta Slack-Country

By , March 24, 2015 9:58 PM

With no additional snowfall looking likely throughout the day we decided to spend the day in Alta’s slack-country.  In-bounds was still pretty crunchy underneath and after yesterday’s success in Rocky Point the decision was obvious.

Sunset and Tuscoroa were lacking in the coverage area but snow quality-wise were skiing great.  Rocks were definitely nicked but nothing major.  Face-shots are still hard to find but skiing smooth fluffy snow again sure felt great.  The forecast doesn’t look good and the Supreme Lift isn’t open much longer so get your side-country laps in while you can.

 

Crusty

By , March 19, 2015 4:19 PM

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?

Katie Fillnow – Race Course

 

Active Weather Finally Back At Alta

By , February 27, 2015 6:29 PM

Forecasters called for 3-6″ in the Cottonwoods but Mother Nature treated us to a few extra with a storm total of 8″.  Skies were cloudy and filled with flurries for most of the morning with the sun poking it’s head out in the afternoon.  Most gates opened early on except for Devil’s Castle and the Baldy Chutes.

Keyhole seemed to be holding the deepest snow but coverage has really suffered back there over the past month.  Baldy Shoulder and Backside were skiing great early on but quickly got chopped up by the large crowds.  Forecast looks decent with two more storms expected to impact Alta tomorrow night and Monday night.  Keep it coming!