Alta has seen it’s biggest dump of the season over the past few days. With a storm total of 74″ and counting conditions don’t get much deeper than today! After a full day of road and mountain closures it was nice to get a taste of what we were all missing out on yesterday.
Patrol did a great job getting a good portion of the mountain open. Right off the bat skiers were allowed to access all shots off of the High T and Wildcat Chair. Sugarloaf had a delayed opening but was up and running by 11:30 helping to disperse the crowds. The snow skied deep everywhere well into the afternoon with Powder Paradise claiming the top spot for deepest run of the day.
The forecast looks decent with a few more mini-storms scheduled to effect the Wasatch over the next 24 hours. After that high pressure looks to set in. Get it while you can!
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!
ACE will be showing all of the winning edits from last year’s Discrete Video Challenge. Also featured will be many of Alta’s local photographers. Lots of prizes will be given away as well in a raffle drawing. Come show your support for a great cause and get pumped for Winter!
Yesterday was the storm day. Today the skies cleared and for the first couple hours we had ourselves a legit bluebird pow day. Only 4″ overnight but it felt deeper on most runs. The snow was a bit heavier so even after getting tracked up it still stayed smooth.
There was some upside-down snow on Backside and Baldy Shoulder. But we’re not complaining. Untracked and fresh made for an amazing day up at Alta. The lift lines were almost non-existent. Plus Alta Ski Patrol was on top of openings with Backside, Keyhole and the Shoulder opening somewhat quickly. The Shoulder however shut down 30 minutes after opening the reason for is still unknown to us.
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.
Alta’s annual torchlight parade is an event not to be missed. It’s the one and only time each season you get to ski Alta at night. This year a few changes have been made. As opposed to bringing a can of food to be donated to the Utah Food Bank a $10 lift ticket must be purchased (all proceeds go to the Utah Food Bank). Check out the full list of details below:
Celebrate the coming of the New Year! Torchlight Parade and bonfire.
$10 entry fee. Tickets available at both the Wildcat and Albion ticket offices and at the Skier Services desk between December 27th and December 31st. On December 31st tickets will be available prior to the parade at the Wildcat Ticket Office until 5 PM.
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!
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!
Not to say today’s fresh 12 didn’t provide some great turns but last night’s winds certainly took their toll on the snow quality. Certain aspects held some fluff but most areas were a little hooky and creamy.
Not much opened today so if you missed today or any other day this week you can rest assure their will be plenty of fresh left over for you this weekend. Still keeping my fingers crossed for a High T opening but if not we have the opening of the Supreme Lift to look forward to tomorrow!
Weather forecasts for last night’s snowfall seemed to be all over the map. With so much uncertainty waking up to an additional 12″ of fresh made it very easy to get out of bed. First thing in the morning lines were long but quickly trickled away by 10:00 a.m.
Skiing off the Tower 10 traverse was absolutely bonkers with waist deep turns everywhere you looked. Runs off the Wild Cat lift were equally as amazing but seemed to get tracked up a little quicker. Our storm total is hovering right around 24″ which should hopefully be enough to get the High T running any day now. We also have the Supreme lift opening this Friday. The ski season has begun!