Alta Conditions Report – Goldilocks and Santa Claus

Aaron Rice | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Andrew finding a stash in the Nest

It has been quite the week here in Alta. A big storm dropped 32 inches of dense snow, with over 4 inches of water weight. The mountain was shut down for an afternoon and a morning. We had 2 consecutive morning with interlodge, and some of the stronger wind gust seen in the last decade.

No Interlodge travel permitted
No Interlodge travel permitted

The skiing was good during the storm, but with the denseness of the snow and the crazy wind it was not perfect. It was a weekend storm and people were excited to get out and ski some powder

Long lines during the storm
Long lines during the storm

Once the storm stopped we had 2 glorious bluebird days with lines dropping on Backside, Ballroom, and finally the High Traverse.

Joe finding some great creamy turns
Joe finding some great creamy turns
Christal Soaking up the sun once the storm lifted
Christal soaking up the sun once the storm lifted

But then we got the Christmas Goldilocks storm! 8 inches of right side up fluff Wednesday night and then snow all day Thursday and still snowing as I write this.

Joe getting deep

A Goldilocks storm is one where there is just the right amount of snow, and just the right temperature, and the snow is right side up. Alta, UT is known for its epic powder which can largely be attributed to the abundance of Goldilocks storms!

Andrew flying through Bombay


24 hour snowfall: 12”
7 day snowfall: 46″
base: 67″
season snowfall: 128″


As our current Goldilocks storm wraps up tonight we should be in for some great skiing Friday and Saturday with another system coming in Saturday night. As usual, a great resource for an up to date weather forecast for Alta is

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2 thoughts on “Alta Conditions Report – Goldilocks and Santa Claus

    1. Christmas morning were the best turns of the year by far. Absolutely empty at the bird until 1130, walk on trams and faceshots for days, best christmas since i got my first bike.

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