On Saturday, we skied Brighton just outside Salt Lake City, UT in deep snow, fierce cold, and afternoon sunshine.
Today, we skied Alta in deep snow, powerful cold, and life giving sunshine.
On Saturday, Brighton started about at about -6ºF yesterday morning with cloudy skies, light winds, and 24″ of new snow and clearing skies throughout the day. We had a ball on the Millicent lift and found plenty of classic, deep, dry Utah snow. It’s still early season and rock sharks exist, but there are also some crazy deep pockets out there. Not many people out, likely due to the cold.
Today, Alta was excellent. Early ups. Deep snow, long runs, good times. Yellow Tail opened around mid-day and they let us traverse under Baldy to the Bad News cliffs (where I’d broken my face in 3 places in 2011…) around the same time. -6ºF, light winds, and sunny to start the day today at Alta, but by the afternoon it warmed up a bit and the sun felt incredible. Cooled back off as the sun left the mountain at around 3pm. Very few people out, most likely due to the intense cold.
Normal temperatures return to the Cottonwood Canyons tomorrow with a high of 27ºF.
Tomorrow we’re hitting early ups at Snowbird and they’ll be opening snow, virgin snow terrain. Fired up.