Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ski Conditioning

Traversing and side stepping are required to get to this run.
Now is the time to think about doing some conditioning for ski season. Wait--thinking about it isn't good enough you need to get to work if you want to be able walk the day after skiing hard the first day! What do you need to do? Strength, power and endurance exercises.  Don't know where to start? There are a lot of resources to tap into. Around here there are ski conditioning classes outdoors and in the gyms.

If you start now to take ski fitness seriously, the first few days on the slopes will be more fun and you'll feel much better at the end of the day.Get to work and you'll be glad you did on that first day.

*snow is in the forecast this weekend at 9,000 ft. -- that would be at Alta!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Change of Seasons

It's evident at Alta there's a change in the season. The last of the summer's wildflowers have dried and the mountain shrubs and willows have mostly turned to yellow and burnt-orange colors.  Fall colors will continue but it's hard to say when peak might be or how long it might last.  There's a "science" to the fall colors and a combination of factors determines the duration as well as the brilliance.

Some of the things we're observing are the abundance of sunflowers that grace the roadside in Little Cottonwood Canyon, the light that is lower on the horizon and minus the weekends of Oktoberfest at Snowbird, a real sense of solitude in the mountains. The change of season doesn't happen in Salt Lake City for another month but in the meantime people flock to the canyons on weekends to see the slopes covered with aspens, scrub oak and other trees that are in their natural splendor.

Happy Fall a few days early!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ski Equipment Buyers Guides



In a mere ten weeks, Alta will be open for skiing! You might be in the market for new gear this season and wondering what to get.  With the wide range of different skis, boots and manufacturers, making a decision can be overwhelming. Most of us don't have the opportunity to try different skis before making a decision of what to buy.  This is where you can turn to resources and look at reviews from skiers who tried the new equipment and share their opinions. 

Powder Magazine Buyer's Guide compiles reviews of over 300 products from 32 skiers. This includes skis for powder, all mountain, women's skis, and boots and bindings.

The On The Snow Buyer's Guide includes reviews of skis from 22 skiers who tried them out last spring.

From this point, you might be able to narrow it down to one ski or maybe a couple. Still uncertain? Try demoing some skis. The Powder House next to Alta Lodge will apply the price of two demos to the purchase price of new skis.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thinking About Skiing

Alta Lodge in the fall.  Photo: Billy Haas
It's the first week of September and fall is the air.  In upper elevations leaves have started to turn and the night time temperatures are in the 40s. The next few weeks will bring brilliant red, orange and yellow foliage. If you live close by you know how great the fall colors can be!

 Alta, Utah August 23, 2014  photo:Cliff Curry
Last month we had a surprise: snow in August! No one has a recent memory of getting snow so early.  Although it melted off pretty quick, it was   still fun to see.

Don't miss out on the best prices on season passes and discounts for Alta Ski Area...they are available for purchase until September 24. Some of the great prices include a season pass for children age 6 & under for $25! Combined with Kids Free during early season, it's a great family ski trip. Thanksgiving is a good get away for mom to get in some skiing and skip cooking the turkey dinner while Chef Sam and his staff prepare a Thanksgiving feast.