|The Maine Ski Family crew with Alta's Mt. Baldy in the Background - Yes, Mt. Baldy can be Skied!|
|@ISalisbury in the Utah Powder at Alta in the Trees off Supreme|
Overall the conditions were great. They were down a bit on snow, but there was still a deep 5 foot base. We had a couple of powder days so we were able to experience some of that Utah "Greatest Snow on Earth" and yes, it is super light and super fun. We had the most fun skiing while it was snowing for some 'storm skiing'. Storm days mean not as many people and our tracks kept filling in run to run which was super fun. Even when there was no blower powder around, the conditions were still really good and the snow was very carveable everywhere. Some of the locals complained about the 'icy' conditions a couple of the days we were there. Haha - we have seen ice waaaaaaaaay worse than that back east!
|Maine Ski Family Mom in Mineral Basin at Snowbird|
Here are some of our favorite runs / areas at Alta: (Click Here for Alta Trail Map)
|@AlecPhoto in the Cabin Hill area at Alta|
angle and low angle trees, groomers, chutes, steep pitches and hidden areas to find powder stashes. Lots of great terrain off this lift. Keyhole Gulch and Cabin Hill were two favorite places off this lift.
The Ballroom - Off the Collins lift this is a bowl at the base of Mt. Baldy. The farther you traverse, the steeper it gets. We did a couple of runs off the Ballroom and associated Baldy Shoulder with some really nice turns.
Catherine's Area - This is a expansive wilderness a short hike from the top of the Supreme lift. Lots of nicely spaced trees with rolling but not too severe pitches to keep us entertained. This area stays fresh a little longer due to the fact you have to hike a bit to get to it.
Trees Skiers Left off Supreme Lift - While a lot of folks were hiking to Catherine's area skiers right off the Supreme lift, we found the trees skiers left of the lift to hold fresh snow and skied really well. Erosion Gullies is a trail we hit multiple times off this lift.
Spruces under the Collins Lift - This was a fairly steep section of trees under the Collins lift that held some super snow all week. Great place to show off for your fans on the lift.
Westward Ho - This is a tree run back to our condo. Lots of trees, cliffs and soft snow to play in. Fairly steep so it is best after a fresh snowfall but stays fresh longer due to the fact it exits into the Condo area of Alta and requires a hike back to the lift.
I think it is safe to say that all ability levels can have fun at Alta. If you are new to skiing, there is a nice learning area in the Sunnyside / Albion base area. If you are blue cruiser intermediate skier, each lift has at least one groomed blue cruiser run available. If you are expert skiers (we fall into this category) there are lots of moderate to steep trees, bowls, gulches and trails to have a great run on. Then if you are in the Extreme skier realm, there are all kinds of opportunities to get your adrenaline rush on. We managed to get into an area called East Greely and it was steep and got our attention! We skied it fine but you have to be very confident on your skis when you approach any of these areas.
Here is a compilation GoPro Video of our trip that they boys made. I plan to write a follow-on post on the blog that talks about some of the non-skiing parts of our trip... a bit of a tips and pointer blog in regards to planning for and executing a trip out west. Overall a super time had by all.