Report from November 17th, 2019
The past two days of skiing at Alta Ski Area, UT have been damn fun.
Hundreds of skiers and riders climbed up and slid down Alta this past weekend.
Sunshine, light winds, and good vibes ruled the weekend at Alta.
On Saturday, we hiked up and skied down the Collin’s lift groomer and both the run and the grooming were immaculate (we watched them groom it twice as we hiked up).
On Sunday, we hiked up Main Chute on 11,000′ Mt. Baldy.
Main Chute was chalky, pretty beat up by skier traffic, tight in spots, spicy at the top, and great fun.
The top 60′ of the chute are rocky and funky and some chose to downclimb or skip this section.
We chose to sideslip and sidestep the top section and it was a bit spicy.
The rest of Main Chute was great: chalky, bumpy, grippy, and gorgeous.
We skied it slow and were careful about the rocks on the apron.
Once on the apron, it’s best to traverse straight to the groomer as there isn’t enough snowpack to keep you from hitting rocks on every turn.
The groomer down, like on Saturday, was fantastic.
Alta was scheduled to open on November 23rd but that date has been pushed back to November 29th due to a lack of snow.
NOAA is reporting that Alta’s snowpack is at approximately 66% of average for today’s date.
There is a bit of snow in the forecast for Alta mid-week this week.