April 23, 2017

Alta "opens" and Sunrise Superior

One of my favorite of this season - Andrea climbing the East ridge of Mt Superior on April 22nd

Ahhh what a great week - a return to winter! A couple midweek storms and then a beautiful weekend. The mid-mountain depth at Alta sits at 124" as of Sunday evening... we are looking good for an extended spring season...

Wednesday April 19

Upper LCC got 7" overnight and since Alta had closed their lifts a few days earlier, that's where EVERYONE went skiing. It felt great to be making soft turns in cold snow. We skied off the East side of the Rustler ridge, then back up to the top of Collins and down the main run.

Friday April 21

I had to be downtown for an early meeting but it snowed 9" overnight so we were skiing one way or another. We went back to Alta since that was the easiest and quickest access to good turns (sometimes the low hanging fruit is delicious). A couple laps off West Rustler was a great start to the day.

Saturday April 22

We watched the webcams on Friday and it seemed like while the sun peaked out occasionally, it didn't come out full bore until the afternoon, and never hit the main/upper part of Mt Superior directly. Given it was probably our last chance to ski the SE face of Superior in powder conditions this season, we decided to take a chance and give it a go. Out hunch was right on the money and the upper 2000' of the face wasn't affected by the sun at all - it was 8-10" of soft, stable powder. As good as you can hope for. The bottom part of the apron had some sun crust but who cares?! We caught an amazing sunrise, had the mountain all to ourselves, and skied it in great conditions. What a great morning!

We were back at the car before 8am and Andrea headed down to the valley for her last Bioventures class. I stuck around and headed up to Mt Baldy... Main Chute had been skied a lot over the past few days, but the SE winds had filled it back in, and I skied that in fairly excellent conditions as well.

Jake off the top





I never get tired of this view

Gonna be a while before all this melts out :-)

Main Chute is SO WIDE this year!

We took Sunday off from skiing... looks like we have several more storms in the forecast for this week! Don't stop believing!

April 16, 2017

Powder to Corn

Little Cottonwood Sunrise - April 10th

On the heels of what was probably the last big powder day of the season, we got out on Monday morning before work and picked up some leftovers. Andrea went to Tennessee for Easter, so I got out over the weekend for some Vitamin D and nice corn skiing (well, whatever the Wasatch equivalent of corn is... it was actually pretty good after some hard overnight freezes).

The mid-mountain depth at Alta sits at 121" as of Sunday evening, which means there is lots of skiing left!

Monday April 10

Saturday April 15

Sunday April 16

April 9, 2017

One Night Stand

This might have been the only week of this entire season to date that we only got out and skied one day. Fortunately, it was one of the best days of the season!

The NW flow hose turned on once again and dropped 20" overnight in the Alta vicinity. A one night stand with winter, in the middle of an unseasonably warm spring. We skied this morning (April 9th) in the Emma Ridge zone, and it kept snowing all morning, probably raising the storm total to a solid two feet. It was cold, blower, bottomless, and so much fun. The sound that came out of my mouth at the end of Andrea's video explains it all.

When you get a big powder day in mid-April, you just enjoy it. It could be 8 months before we ski this kind of snow again. Or maybe again next weekend if we're lucky :-)

April 2, 2017

Spring Break Hosting

Spring break hosting week. Sunshine, groomers, and some fresh snow. As it stands right now (Sunday April 2nd), the mid-mountain depth at Alta is sitting at 127". Hopefully we can ride out triple-digits through the next month (or ideally... Memorial Day).

Tuesday March 28

Consistent storms are a beautiful thing. The window for good conditons is shorter with the high sun angle this time of year, but its so nice to be skiing soft snow again. We went up for another Emma dawn patrol. Alta reported 13", although in hindsight we should have gone somewhere North facing as the Emma side probably had something in the 8-10" range. Foggy conditions led to a couple epic crashes (commonplace for me, but you don't typically see Andrea ever go down!)

Wednesday March 29

The cycle lately has been storm / sunshine / storm / sunshine. This one fell under the pure bluebird category. We took Jenna and Andy up to Alta for an awesome day of groomers and even timed the Devil's Castle rope drop perfectly.

Saturday April 1

Gaper day at Brighton. Enough said.