Alta, UT Report: Legendary Little Chute Off 11,068′ Mt. Baldy

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

Report from April 27, 2023

Yesterday, I slept in and felt damn tired after the previous day’s Pfiefferhorn mission.

We’d heard rumors of of Alta opening to uphill yesterday, but we couldn’t confirm.

Martin texted me at 7:35am saying that Alta had opened.

I jumped out of bed and started my recovery process:

  • Hot shower
  • Big stretch
  • Roller
  • Theragun
  • Breakfast
  • 1 liter of water
Little Chute. image: snowbrains

That took a while, but then I was ready!

We started hiking at 10am and there were no tracks in Little Chute and only 1 track in Main Chute off 11,068′ Mt. Baldy.

There were about 5 or 6 folks ahead of us.

Mt. Baldy. image: snowbrains

I was walking up pretty casually until a classic crew of Salt Lake City ski mountaineering fanatics rolled up behind me.

I hate it when they pass me…

I turned on the gas and charged as best my tired legs could up the Baldy shoulder.

An old SB sticker! image: snowbrains

The skinner eventually petered out and I dug into the booter with gusto.

At first…

I had to stop and rest about 5 times and it was a short booter.

SLC and Snowbird. image: snowbrains

But, I beat the damn ski-mo mob behind me and that felt good (I barely kept them at bay – they’re always so fast…)

Main Chute was already ravaged.

I skinned up to Little Chute and it only had 2 tracks.

Superior. image: snowbrains


I transitioned fast in the howling summit winds.

The hike started out hot as hell and ended with me hiking in my ski jacket, helmet, and goggles due to a fierce west wind.

Skinner to the sky. image: snowbrains

I dropped in feeling very unsure what to expect of the 2-day old snow.

It was chalky, soft, and weird up top but predictable and very skiable.

In the middle of the chute it got a little funkier and punchy.

Booter to the sky. image: snowbrains

At the end of the chute, it was full-on roller balls turned frozen chicken heads.

I straightlined out gripped by fear as the chicken beaks pecked at my tips in an attempt to create a vicious wipeout.

I hung on somehow and soared out onto the crunchy apron and into safety.

About to drop Little Chute at Alta, UT. image: snowbrains

The groomer down to the parking lot was golden.

Untouched and sunkissed up top.

I simply love skiing Alta before and after their opening season.

Thanks, Alta!

Mt. Superior. image: snowbrains

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