OK, here are a few photos I took with my phone, most are looking out the window of my room at the GMD:
This was the scene when I arrived; Alta had gotten 17" in 12 hours:
Interestingly, the road up Little Cottonwood Canyon was clear until just before we reached Snowbird, and it wasn't snowing that hard until reaching Alta just a little further up the road. Though they are right next door to each other, Alta was getting more snow that day, perhaps because they are at the very end of the canyon. It's a true micro-climate for sure. Down in SLC, the grass was green and people were out golfing!
Here's the scene at 7:30 am the next morning, as the sun rose on a bluebird day:
This is what it looked like the evening of April 9 from my dinner table:
It had snowed hard all afternoon, and continued overnight with another 10". Here are a couple shots the next morning, April 10:
This was to be the best day of the week, due to the pristine powder conditions in the morning (boot to waist deep) and sunny blue skies. I talked with several locals who said it was one of the top days of the season; local or not, I think we all knew it was a pretty magical spring day. I was truly a life experience to ski down 40 degree slopes off Wildcat with powder shooting past my knees and hips.
This was my final dinner at Alta, tortellini with shrimp and lobster:
Must have been half a lobster in there. All week, I got the impression that the chefs were pulling out the stops with whimsical ingredients and big portions (even more than normal). They feed you like a king at the GMD, and it's a really nice way to start and end epic ski days. Meals are included in the lodging rates (breakfast, apres-ski hors d'oeuvres, and dinner).
Here's a shot from the morning of the 11th, right after I had breakfast and was packing up to leave:
Of course, they had gotten more snow overnight, about 5", so it was going to be another great day. I wouldn't have minded skiing that day, but the previous three days gorging on powder left me totally content -- a nice way to leave Alta.
This is one of the lodge dogs, Kota (sp?), who was keeping me company in the lobby as I waited for the shuttle:
There were three dogs hanging around the lodge, a yellow lab (Toby), a black lab (Licorice), and Kota. It really makes for a laid back atmosphere. The labs were always happy to see people, but Kota looked a bit tired from all the attention. I bet it's been a long season when you just want to crash on the rug!