Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First Snow of the Season

It's said we almost always get snow in September at Alta and with less than a week left this month, we were eager for the first storm.  Late yesterday and this morning rain was forecasted with possible snow in higher elevations.  Mother Nature came through with fresh snow this morning at the top of the mountain--Sugarloaf and Greely--as observed from photos on Alta's mountain cameras.

How does that translate to us skiers? It's a reminder to get with it on ski conditioning, get your bindings checked, tune/wax your skis, find your car's snow scraper and then start counting the days...it's sooner than you think and being prepared will make that first day so much sweeter!

Monday, September 24, 2012

We Love Weekends

We had great weather over the weekend for outdoor activities and the brilliant fall colors brought many to the canyons in the Wasatch mountains. The fall equinox fell on Saturday at 8:49 am and our daylight hours will shorten as come closer to winter.  With several weeks remaining until we move our clocks back on Sunday, November 4, now is the time to get out and enjoy the last few weeks of outdoor dining, walking, hiking and cycling.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

First Frost

The days have been sunny over the past week with the exception of Monday when the sky was overcast and there was a bit of rain.  The temperatures continue to cool, especially in the evenings and with that comes more brilliant colors in Little Cottonwood Canyon. While I was stopping by the Sunnyside Store on Wednesday, one of the staff who lives at Alta mentioned they had frost on their windshield that morning--the first frost--a sign that locals look forward to. The Store will remain open for a couple more weeks, until September 26.  The hours are Monday-Friday 7 am-5 pm and on weekends, 9 am-7 pm.  In addition to snacks, beverages, t-shirts and hats, you can also pick up your season pass. 

Unsure what to do this weekend? With daytime high temperatures in the mid-60 range, it's still lovely to be outside. A hike to Catherine's Pass or Cecret Lake about mid-day followed by Sunday Brunch or Saturday Lunch is going to be pretty tough to beat for an ideal weekend. Not a hiker? Take a drive in Little Cottonwood Canyon and enjoy the beautiful fall season.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Transition to Fall

In the past ten days we have noticed some falls colors in the foothills of Salt Lake City and the canyons.  It's a little sooner this usual but a welcome change for those of us that are eager for ski season.  Productive thunderstorms over the weekend  were welcomed by heat weary residents.  This week we are happy to see the thermometer showing lowering temperatures as the season starts to shift.

Aspens will be changing soon.
Alta continues to be beautiful with  some wildflowers lingering as summer season nears a close.  One of the more stunning fall scenes will be when the leaves of the aspen trees change to gold.  The drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon, especially near the White Pine trail head parking area and beyond, will be lit with gold when grove of aspens change colors in several weeks.  The summer road into Albion Basin will be another good spot for observing aspens.

Hiking is good way to get in shape for ski season and now's the time to start as skiing at Alta usually begins the weekend before Thanksgiving.