With the holidays wrapping up, and no change in the forecast for Tahoe, a pattern is starting to develop, the Tahoe exodus. People want to get the hell out of Tahoe, and are starting to leave in droves. I myself decided to take a little time away from Tahoe and search for real snow, so I loaded up the skis and took off to visit a friend in Alta. While Alta has a hell of a lot more snow than Squaw, it is still low tide out here. The skiing however is awesome, with chalky snow and hidden stashes of soft turns to be found. Bluebird skies, cold temperatures, and great snow made for the best two days of my season thus far, sad considering it is already January.
Yesterday Ballroom to the shoulder opened with a very rocky traverse that rewarded those whom tackled it with fresh turns, and the first good snow I have skied all season. Runs off the High Traverse was skiing great with firm but fun snow. And the Alta icon, High Boy, was ripping with firm chalky snow and a few soft turns here and there. The cold temperatures out here are keeping the snow good, and keeping the groomers fast. And with a little snow in the forecast, a trip out to Utah is certainly worth considering.