First Hand Conditions from Alta Utah
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The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
January 24, 2008
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
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Skier219 and The Colonel are skiing Alta and Snowbird this week. Conditions are delicious. Pictures and more, later.
The Colonel \:\)
JohnL
January 24, 2008
Member since 01/6/2000 🔗
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Looks like you guys got a foot and half of new snow the 20th and 21st; more is coming. From the webcams, visibility has looked a bit tricky. That been the case?

Hope this persists for at least 10 more days, since I'll be heading out there with the Epic crew Feb 1-5.
BushwackerinPA
January 24, 2008
Member since 12/9/2004 🔗
649 posts
finally remember how to log in, off sunday/monday and friday morning if you want to make some turns..
skier219
January 25, 2008
Member since 01/8/2005 🔗
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John, there have been a few issues where the light was very flat, making terrain hard to read, but it's been minimal. When it's been snowing during the day, long range visibility has been poor (which I suspect is what the webcams show) but short range visibility on the trails has been just fine.

The skiing was spectacular yesterday (Thursday). It snowed all day long, hard at times, and conditions improved with every run. I had a couple outstanding runs at the end of the day with a full range of terrain/conditions; I found 8-12" of powder on the edge of some trails, transitioned to some easy soft crud, hopped over the edge of a cat track into 15-20" of powder, then tackled some easy bumps in a not too steep chute. From there, it was 4-8" of powder over a groomer back to the chair. I think that was one of my most enjoyable runs ever, in terms of variety and fun. This place is awesome!

Tuesday was good at Alta, following about 15" of snow the previous day or two. Since that was my first day, I was planning to take it easy but that plan caved by lunchtime. The powder got tracked out pretty quick, but I was able to cut two clean lines off Ballroom before lunch. I wore myself out that day between all the snow, getting acclimated to elevation, and feeling out my new skis. There were a lot of bumps (soft easy bumps at least) and I about turned my legs to jello skiing all the way back down to the base at the end of the day.

Wednesday was an absolute bluebird day if I ever saw one. Colonel and I headed over to Snowbird that day, and I spent a lot of time in Mineral Basin after we split up around lunch time. The snow was real good there, but did get a tad heavy as the day wore on. I cut a traverse off the backside of Baldy to get a clean line in blue-ish terrain, and realized I should have been there yesterday! I didn't really even need to turn on the way down, just gunned it straight (which was cool in itself).

One of the slope photographers got some good shots of me Wednesday in Mineral Basin, on the runout to the lifts, and I need to post a turn sequence up on Epic for some analysis; it's the first time someone has captured me during 3-4 key parts of a turn. Here are a couple of the shots, going into and coming out of a turn:


(just about to swing my left pole forward and initiate the new turn)


(sinking into the new turn)

I hope to sort out all my scenery photographs over the weekend and post a gallery. By the way, those are 186cm Fischer Watea 94 skis, with a 94mm waist, and I was continually amazed how well they ripped on groomers. They are great skis. I might prefer something shorter and narrower for the real gnarly terrain, but for everything else, these are great AltaBird skis. They floated over everything and just demolished crud.

Craig

jimmy
January 25, 2008
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
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Colonel way to carpthediem ....u couldn't have ordered bettter conditions it sounds like

Hey bushwack good to hear form u, were u bin we missed u hope you three can get together bet itid be fun .....thanks for the pics Craig maybe bwpa will give u some ma here while u wait to hear from tromano
tromano
January 25, 2008
Member since 12/19/2002 🔗
998 posts
Looks like good skiing!
skier219
January 27, 2008
Member since 01/8/2005 🔗
1,318 posts
Here are my pictures:

http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/altabird0108/

There's a gallery/slideshow for each of the three days I skied.

Craig
tromano
January 27, 2008
Member since 12/19/2002 🔗
998 posts
Nice Photos! Lcc looks awesome.
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
January 27, 2008
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
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And the forecast for Alta calls for 2-4 feet fresh powder today and Monday!
I'll post a few pictures and details about my Alta trip in the next few days.
The Colonel \:\)
GRK
January 27, 2008
Member since 12/19/2007 🔗
404 posts
Beautiful Pictures...thanks for sharing.
crunchy
January 27, 2008
Member since 02/22/2007 🔗
596 posts
aww man, super sweet lookin, doesnt look too crowded either. devils castle looks awesome, altho doesnt look open. thanks for the pics!
pagamony - DCSki Supporter
January 28, 2008
Member since 02/23/2005 🔗
832 posts
Good work Craig, and nice light balance on those photos. Glad you made it and got the goods. Personally, I am still grooving on the long red skis How'd you like the miners daughter ?
skier219
January 28, 2008
Member since 01/8/2005 🔗
1,318 posts
GMD was great. My room was clean, comfortable, and well furnished (but simple -- just my speed). Location right at the base of the Collins lift is ideal. Free wireless internet was nice to have. And the food was fantastic -- they fed us like kings. The breakfast buffet was as good as it gets, and the dinners ranged from very good to excellent. For the price, it works out to be a pretty good deal for the extra convenience and comfort of staying on the mountain and not having to worry about meals. Plus, they have dogs snoozing in the lobby, which was kind of cool. I'd definitely stay there again, and would even try to request the same 1st floor room!
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