Report from May 16th, 2020
Yesterday, I rolled up to Alta with Erica to ski Little Chute off 11,000′ Mt. Baldy at Alta ski area in Utah.
Alta has allowed uphill access since they closed for the season on March 15th.
Alta saw 542″ of snowfall this season which is just about average for them (563″).
The weather was fine yesterday.
Warm, but not too warm with plentiful sunshine, wispy clouds, and no wind at all.
We cruised up to the top of Baldy taking our time and summited after 2-hours of skinning and booting.
Once on top, Erica elected to hit Main Chute while I went for Baldy.
After watching her rip a slushy, fun Main Chute, I hiked up to Little Chute and got ready.
Little Chute looked more chopped up and a lot tighter than Main Chute, but I decided to give it a go.
As soon as I worked myself into the chute proper, I was pumped.
Little was splashy beyond belief…
It felt like water skiing, it felt like a dream.
I was fired up in the chute and it felt longer than I’d remembered.
The snow was so good that I tried to keep my speed up as high as possible since it was such responsive, forgiving snow.
I blasted out the bottom of the chute onto the apron and right over to Miss Erica.
I was elated.
The skiing was so much more fun than I expected, especially for such a late drop in – about 2pm.
After skiing, we went out and hit our first Apres Ski in over 2-months and it was delicious…