If you’ve skied Alta, you know how sweet the terrain is! However, due to the high level of awesomeness of said terrain, often avalanche danger or low snow may not allow Alta to open everything for our skiing pleasure. Recently we have been graced with high pressure that has lasted for well over a month. We have had a few nice quick hitting refresher storms, but avvy danger has remained low.
With low danger and prolonged high pressure Alta Ski Patrol was able to open the last remaining untouched terrain. Ropes dropped on both East Castle and Baldy today. This is the first opening of East Castle of the season!
Main chute was skiing great with deep pockets of pooled grauple (see the bottom video). East Castle skied deep with the snow up high a bit wind affected and the snow down low soft and dry!
Those of you with a keen eye, will point out that only Main Chute was open off Baldy and Little Chute, High Shoulder, and Perla’s all still remained closed. Lets just hope that we get some more snow soon and get some more base to get all of baldy open.
24 hour snowfall: 0”
7 day snowfall: 4″
season snowfall: 205″
It looks like a couple small storms will come through this weekend into early next week. And there has been lots of talk in the world of weather guessing about a pattern shift and/or a full pattern change. The models (GFS and euro) are both showing change by next week. At this point any change is good change, so let just keep burning those skis and hope Ullr delivers something!
Also for those that consider themselves slightly weather nerdy, here is a good video showing graupel pooling:
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67″ base mid feb lol