So, unless plans change I’m flying into SLC and staying in Alta at the Goldminer’s Daughter in February. A Friday night in, red eye out, two day skiing trip, the kind I’ve taken to the past couple seasons. Been excited at the idea of LCC for a while, time to get a taste. Hope the snow is good when I go, as I’m forgoing storm chasing for low cost advance booking. I’m sure it will be a blast either way.
As I have done in the past, I’ll do a resort day and a backcountry day. While it adds a few bucks to the resort day, I’ll likely do the combined Alta-Snowbird day ticket, allowing me to travel between the two resorts and hit the best spots each has to offer. May even pay for a one hour private at Alta before the lifts open, giving me access to the goods before the masses and some local advice on what to hit during the day. One of the things I’m hoping for in this thread is some Alta/Snowbird stoke, stories of inbounds adventure, and recommendations on good runs/lines to ski.
As for the backcountry, I know it will be a mad house, as backcountry goes. I have some ideas on where it is I think I’d like to check out. Of course it’s all dependent on snow conditions and avalanche risk, but there are sooo many options. The other thing I’m looking for in this thread is Alta/Snowbird backcountry adventure stories, and thoughts on best/less travelled areas in the Alta environs.
If avy risk is low I could use the backcountry experience I have already gained to do the more tourist-y Grizzly Gulch and Patsey Marley kind of day. However, if I find the right opportunity I would love to venture out with a guide to hit up more serious Wolverine Cirque (think Granny, THC and Bombay chutes more so than Roman’s or Tips and Tails kind of stuff). Options in between could include Sunset/Rocky Point, or maybe Dry Fork, or just drop over the back from the Supreme chair and play around in the Gargoyles.......As you can see, I need someone to focus me!
Some flakes have flown just about everywhere, so I’m ready to get some snow stoke going. Thanks!
It sounds like you have a grip on the Alta side country. Rocky Point was a great quick hit spot with fun airs but I hear it gets tracked really fast these days. Wolverine is the real deal, the lines aren't very long but it's really steep, you would probably have more fun and flowy pow skiing on Patsies or across the street on Flagstaff. Little Superior is a great run without the same intimidation factor of Superior.
I always liked skiing into Daves Fork (I think that's what it's called) and out to BCC where we would hitch hike or take a bus back around. I would just skin back over now though I imagine.
I love Alta. Been there many, many times over the years, but not in about 5 now. I'll be out there in December for a few days again and I can't wait. Here's one of me skiing the High Notch after hiking up there early in the morning after 18" fell overnight.
So much for the best snow on Earth, huh? So, you are of course going to tell me that, even sans powder, you still had a blast?
Great shots guys, I hope I can add to the gallery!
Adding Alta/Snowbird as new Resorts this season will be great, even if I don’t require a snorkel, so I’m excited.
Beyond that I’ll take what Ullr gives me. Lots of new snow maybe keeps me on Patsey Marley, whereas a lack of deep snow, with good stability, maybe makes some steep, chalky chutes in Wolverine more viable. I’m sure it will all be good.
Just found out I need to fly west for business in January, so time to think about where to add a few days skiing to that trip!