Tons of terrain, terrific snow, great old-school vibe
If you don't like traversing for fresh snow...
Alta remains one of my favorite places to ski in the continent. It's got tons of terrain, terrific snow, and a great vibe.
This feeling was no different on the 12th of February. The canyons had received 18" of snow in the past three days, but the last day had been warm, and today was windy, created a hard crust of snow. Even the groomers were icy. But that didn't stop us from having a good time.
Since the snow as so bad, and we were all exhausted from the past 4 days of skiing, we started skiing the groomers by East Greely bowl. The were hard and icy, and it quickly got busy with tons of other skiers. So we went into Devil's Castle and found some great snow...but the traverse and wind were unbearable. We found a great chute to ski that had tons of soft snow once you broke through the crust.
We found shelter from the high winds by lapping the groomers under the Collins chair. The snow was still hard and icy, and soon we broke for lunch at Goldminer's Daughter.
After lunch, we tried the traverse across Ballroom and got over to Baldy shoulder. The snow was alright, but still hard even though the sun was on it. We decided to check out somewhere else, and got over to the Supreme lift. We went through a gate at the bottom of a groomer and found a great little area that had some awesome snow. The area was pretty flat, but had a lot of terrain features to play around on, jump off of, and spin off of.
By the end of the day we were all tired out from 5 days of skiing, but we skied Alta until close. Although it was a windy and cold and we mostly stuck to groomers, we made the best of it. And additionally, the vibe at Alta helps make any day there even better...everyone there is there for one reason: to ski and have fun, and that's something that can really make a great day on the mountain.