If you were lonely today for Valentines Day you could have found some leftover powder love at either Snowbird or Alta. I blasted up late in the day to find completely empty trams and lift lines, with better snow than we have had 97.98% of this season so far. The light was a little rough on the upper mountain at Snowbird, but you could easily score some soft stuff anywhere in the trees. Both High Rustler and Eagles Nest skiing uber well at Alta between 4:00 and 4:30pm. There was light snow falling at the end of the day and I am thinking that the forecast of 1″ tonight will likely be exceeded. See you up there bright and early!
Powder conditions ruled today at The Snowbird with left over snow from yesterday still in full effect. There was deep snow in the Mid Cirque and Hanging Bowl all day long and the trams were once again walk on. The word is that there is still loads of pow up on Baldy if you can hunt it down. Skies were sunny almost the whole day and even Mineral was sweet as hell.
I think there are a number of advantages to the smaller pow day, which I will now list in no particular order:
1) No canyon jam in the morning.
2) Walk on trams all day.
3) No powder panic on the hill.
4) Can get sandwich at Grits in about 3 minutes.
5) Nobody hiking Baldy.
6) Fresh lines every run.
7) No canyon jam on the way down.
8) Stoke is high and is not hindered by lift lines. (Kinda like #2, but I think this is worth 2 mentions….or is it 3.)
The conditions have taken a turn for the way better at Snowbird in the last few days. The weekend storm has added coverage and powder that make all kinds of new things possible. There has been a ton of avalanche activity and patrol has been cautious about opening up more terrain so far. Mineral did not open today by the time I headed out at 2:00, which was a little surprising to me. I guess there are still a lot of things moving out there.
The pow on Silver Fox was blow up into your face light and legit face shots were had by many today for the first time this season. The lower mountain is filling in nicely and still skiing super soft. The monster bumps of last week have not re-formed yet and I hope they don’t for a while. There is some light snow forecast for the next 24-48 hours and another storm should be here by Friday. Gotta love it when the snow machine turns on!!!
Our patience finally paid off today and the powder arrived at Snowbird. Gad 2 was a super good as was Silver Fox and the rest of P-Gulch. We received about a foot of nice groppley costal snow that is just what the doctor ordered. The Tram didn’t get rocking until about 10:30, but it was walk ons for almost the whole day after that. I love weekday pow! The rocks were more covered and the landing were softer than they have been all year. I am so psyched that the season is finally here. More snow on the way!!!!
Salomon Freeski TV just dropped their latest episode in their on-going web series of clips. Episode 8 takes a look at the ski culture and passion of Alta locals. Featuring rippers Leo Ahrens, Jamey Parks, Carston Oliver, and other area locals shredding Alta’a famous pow, trees, and steeps both in bounds and in the expansive backcountry.
One of North America’s Pow skiing meccas, Alta is a true classic and a rare experience in the skiing world.
This clip was produced along with Sweetgrass Productions, featuring their soulful vibe and unique camera work. Very artsy…very awesome! The following is taken from Salomon Freeski TV:
“Alta, Utah has almost a cult-like following of devoted powder skiers. Leo Ahrens, Jamey Parks, and the many generations of Alta shredders show us the soul of skiing is alive and well in one of the best powder skiing spots on earth.”
After about a week of wondering and guessing when the Snowbird Tram would open for the season, it looks like it will be good to go on this Thursday. (AKA … Read More
There was a good dose of new powder at Alta this weekend. This video was shot in the Ho in the late afternoon. There was still a ton of soft stuff and faceshots were still possible until last chair. This beat the hell out of skiing the White Ribbon of death at Snowbird. There were several severe injuries at Snowbird this weekend due to thin cover and poor choices.
The below video was shot by Matt from Ski Utah and will give you a feel for what the morning was like. It was like really really good!
Getting out for some pre-season hiking at Alta is an early season ritual for many in the Wasatch. It seems like the number of skiers who get out and hike … Read More
The first big snow of the year hit yesterday and last night up in Little Cottonwood Canyon. As a rule I figure the best Utah pre-season powder skiing is at Alta. There are plenty of grassy fields there that will go with anything more than a foot of snow. I went up this evening to do a little recon mission for tomorrows powder frenzy. I would put the snowfall total at 12-20″ depending on the location. I took one hot lap down from the top of Wildcat Chair and was stoked to get some legit pow and not hit any significant rocks. Winning!
There were not too many other people up hiking around, maybe 15-20 other tracks around. I am thinking tomorrow will bring more powder skiers out to test the this snow pack. I will be back for sure!