Advertisement

Alta, UT Report: 58″ Storm Total on Opening Day!

Martin Kuprianowicz | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

Alta Ski Area, UT Opening Day 2019

The storm total for Alta Ski Area this week is 58″ and counting.  18″ fell in the past 24 hours. Today was opening day. 

Opening day at Alta
Hell of an opening day at Alta Ski Area, 11/29/19. Credit: Alta Ski Area

This morning, November 29 Alta Ski Area opened for the 2019-2020 winter ski season in the best way possible – with FEET of Utah’s finest powder. Today was one of the deepest opening days I’ve ever had.

Free refills at Alta for opening day! Skier: Jacob Elsenheimer

The ski area had a delayed opening of roughly an hour due to heavy amounts of recent snowfall and an exceptionally unstable snowpack in spots of the mountain. Ski patrol were working on the double this morning to keep us safe and get everything rolling for day one of ski season.

Sunnyside lift opened first, followed by Sugarloaf and then Collins. Everything accessible on the Collins side of Alta opened later and with good reason why. Ski patrol triggered a massive slide under the lift-line with explosives!

Alta opening day slab avalancheA large slab avalanche set by ski patrol this morning underneath Collins at Alta Ski Area.

AVALANCHE WATCH

* TIMING...IN EFFECT 6AM MST THIS MORNING UNTIL 6AM MST SATURDAY
  MORNING.

* AFFECTED AREA...FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN WASATCH RANGE,
  INCLUDING THE WESTERN UINTAS.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER TODAY IS HIGH

* REASON/IMPACTS...VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS EXIST.
  HUMAN TRIGGERED AND NATURAL AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY. STAY OFF OF
  AND OUT FROM UNDER SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. AVALANCHES
  MAY BE TRIGGERED FROM A DISTANCE OR FROM BENEATH STEEP SLOPES.

- NOAA 11/29/19

Sugarloaf was packed with skiers but creamy – the snow everywhere was very soft. Later in the day, ski patrol dropped the rope on Main Street and a few other trails to the skier’s left of Collins Chair, where the real fun was had. Wildcat chair would also open and remain open for the rest of the day.

Open today was Sunnyside, Sugar Loaf, Collins, and Wildcat.

By 2 pm, the next storm rolled in gifting Alta with free refills all afternoon. We left the ski area with it still DUMPING.

Alta Ski Area has reported a total of 58″ this past week and is expecting ANOTHER 8-14″ to fall tonight through Saturday morning. According to NOAA, a winter weather advisory is still in effect and should be lifted on Saturday 11/30/19 at 10:00 am. We will then see a break in the weather before another storm system moves in towards the middle of the next week. It’s winter at Alta baby!

opening week at Alta Ski Area
Detailed 7-day forecast for Alta, UT. Credit: NOAA

WINTER STORM WARNING

* WHAT...Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 6
  inches with 8 to 14 inches in the Cottonwood Canyons.

* WHERE...Wasatch Plateau/Book Cliffs, Western Uinta Mountains,
  Wasatch Mountains South of I-80, Wasatch Mountains I-80 North
  and Central Mountains.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM MST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult.

-NOAA 11/29/19
More powder inbound for opening weekend at Alta. Credit: Alta Ski Area

Related Articles

One thought on “Alta, UT Report: 58″ Storm Total on Opening Day!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.