Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Forty Years Ago

Tea time occurs daily in the Alta Lodge Deck Room where guests will find freshly brewed tea, hot and cold beverages and baked treats. This week I met Bean Granger and Lyn and John Egsgard and sat down and had a chat with them and discovered all of them have been staying at the Lodge for 40 years.

Bean and her husband David and the Egsgards have been guests at Alta Lodge since 1973, returning every winter during the same week in February.  Both couples now have grown children but when the children were young, the entire family came to stay at the Lodge and ski Alta. The Grangers found their way to Alta Lodge through a friend's referral although David first came to Alta in 1946 with his father who was with the Forest Service.

The Egsgards came to Alta Lodge for their honeymoon when they were married in 1973.  "I came out to Alta earlier that season for skiing and made a reservation for our February honeymoon," recalled John. They have been coming ever since.  When their now grown children were young, the family stayed in the Swiss room.  "I would take the youngest one in the backpack to ski and they would pull on my ear to indicate which way to go," added John.

The conversation turned to why they like to Alta Lodge and what keeps them returning annually.  All remarked on the proximity to Salt Lake International Airport as being a large part of why they come to Alta. What makes the Alta Lodge so special for all is the informality of the Lodge, the sociable aspect of the environment and the opportunity to meet others while they are staying at the Lodge.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mother Nature Still Bringing Snow

The past week brought many sunny days, buffed slopes and great conditions for the President's Day holiday that extended into the week for many.  It started snowing again yesterday and Alta is expecting to receive more snow throughout the next week.  This morning we received seven inches of new snow. The historical average snowfall at Alta for the month of March is 99 inches, which means we are anticipating more powder skiing next month.  

Alta Ski Area has reformatted some historic skiing footage shot in the 1940's into a digital format.  Alf Engen is the featured skier and the powder turns he makes are beautiful, especially when you recall they were skiing on very long, narrow, wooden skis. We'll share some of those videos with you in this blog post.  Last week Alta Generations, a spiral bound picture book of Alta over the years, was launched for sale to the public. Photos include the original Collins single chair and the Germania chair with the wooden unloading station and large concrete counterweight.  The book holds lots of fond memories for many Alta skiers.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What a Week it Was!

Photo Credit: Addison Price
Last week was one of those "epic" ski weeks with lots of snow day after day.  From Jan. 27-31, 36 inches of snow fell and it was the type of snow that yielded comments like: "best day of the season for me.." from a long-time season holder to "Today was the greatest ski day of my entire life!  That's saying a lot, considering I live in Utah and ski over a 120 days a year." from Ski Utah blogger Matt Baydala.

Figure Eights: Sheridan showed us how it's done!
photo credit: Gregg Davis

The joy of skiing at Alta during and after a good powder storm infected everyone who skied last week.  A memorable week with more to come as we enter into the second half of the ski season.