Alta, UT Conditions Report: Opening Day in “Main Chute” on 11,000′ Mt. Baldy!

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Looking down Main Chute thru the Scott Scrapper 105s. image: snowbrains

Report from January 2nd, 2019

I rolled up to legendary Alta Ski Area, UT at about 10am today.

The weather wasn’t quite as cold today and the sun was shining bright.

I skied a run off the Collins lift that had a fun traverse/sidestep hike to it and the skiing was great.

Main Chute . image: snowbrains

Chowder, soft bumps, good snow.

On the way up the Collins chair for my 2nd lap, I saw that Mt. Baldy was open and people were skiing down “Main Chute”.

I’d skied Main Chute thrice in late October and I was hooked and couldn’t wait to get up there again.

Main Chute. image: snowbrains

I ran up Baldy, dropped in with some fun ladies and enjoyed great, soft snow that allowed the chute to be skied a speed from top to bottom.  

The top of the chute was a bit more chalky and wind pressed – which was great – then at the first choke about 1/3 down, the snow was just fun, skied up chowder.

Main Chute. image: snowbrains

Such an amazing run!

If you haven’t skied Main Chute off Baldy, I highly recommend it.

Oh, and the views from the top of Baldy are sublime.

SNOW NUMBERS:

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FORECAST:

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PHOTOS:

Alta on Jan 2nd, 2018. image: snowbrains
Main Chute. image: snowbrains
Main Chute. image: snowbrains
Alta on Jan 2nd, 2018. image: snowbrains
Devil’s Castle. image: snowbrains
Alta on Jan 2nd, 2018. image: snowbrains
Alta. image: snowbrains

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