Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Backcountry Adventures

The enthusiasm amongst skiers for venturing out on new terrain is growing more each year. Backcountry skiing is the fastest growing segment in the winter outdoor sports category.  As the equipment has improved over the years with lighter skis and binding and more technical boots, more skiers are keen to give it a try.

The Wasatch range provides easy access to world-class backcountry skiing terrain. Alta Lodge's location is across the street from terrain that locals--from Salt Lake City and Alta--ski early in morning before heading to work.  Coined the "dawn patrol", it's a unique phenomena that you would be hard pressed to do from another large metropolitan area.

If you're interested in trying backcountry skiing, Alta Lodge has teamed up with Utah Mountain Adventures guide service to offer a three-day backcountry clinic based out of Alta Lodge. The clinic will teach you basis skills on how to travel with skins, use an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel, avalanche awareness and more.  Ski
rentals are available for first timers.

If you aren't quite ready to take that first step, another approach would be to try the Interconnect Tour through Ski Utah.  It's a great way to see the backcountry while on your alpine skis and with a guide. As Ski Utah says, "This one-of-a-kind European ski tour can be had right here in the heart of Utah's Rocky Mountains."

Try something different on your next trip to Alta and ski beyond the slopes of the ski area.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunny Days at Alta

One thing that's hard to beat is a sunny day after an Alta storm.  And several sunny days are even better. Last week and the weekend were days of great skiing and beautiful weather.  First time skiers at Alta were supercharged with the magnitude of the mountains.

Aleisha is from Chicago and this was her first visit to Alta. A beginner skier, she skied runs accessed from Sunnyside and Cecret lifts.

Great views of Greely Hill in Albion Basin with Baldy Mtn. in the background. Sugarloaf chairlift takes skiers to the pass where they can ski down to the lift again, go over to Collins or Supreme lift or ski to Snowbird if they have an Altabird lift ticket.

Beginner skiers Grant and Esteban were practicing turns and stopping on the rope tow hill. Once proficient at those skills, it was off to the chair lifts!

           Here's a video from last Monday's Alta Storm

Monday, January 12, 2015

It's an Alta Storm!

There's something special going on at Alta today: snow at 3 inches an hour! That was earlier today and the University of Utah just reported that Alta received 11 inches of snow from 9am-1pm! It's still snowing and is supposed to continue through the evening. 

When it snows that hard, you have to consider dropping everything and head to Alta.  Every run will be fresh tracks--they fill in that fast.  Here's are some links to go to keep up with how much MORE snow Alta will be getting -- Alta Ski Area Twitter , Alta Ski Area Facebook  and  Alta Snowfall Observations.

Keep smiling and hope you ski some powder tomorrow!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wish You Were--

                                                          Skier: Aaron Rice, Photo: Joey Campanelli
The past week has been one of the best holiday seasons in recent memories.  Not only did we get a "white Christmas" with 13 inches of snow, it then continued to snow for several days bringing in several more feet of snow. The holiday season was indeed jolly for skiers at Alta.

We're happy to report there is a long-term forecast from the National Weather Service that winter snowfall could be "above average". For those skiers who don't start their ski season until January, there's plenty of time to make your Alta Lodge vacation plans and remember Alta stays open for skiing until the end of April. Whether it's winter powder or spring skiing, plan now so you will be here instead of wishing you were!
Photo: Aaron RIce