It snowed so much at Alta that I almost thought it was too much! As a final conclusion to my three week long trip, my friend and I spent another two days in Utah in order to hit Alta after a serious storm had rolled through, dropping more than 50 inches of snow in 48 hours. While there, we also met up with a fellow Oppo and did some backcountry touring but that is for another post! The snow was seriously deep and while lower elevations had quite a bit of moisture and heaviness to the snow, it was all amazing to explore. We were both a bit exhausted from all of the snow we had hit in Big Sky but getting this much fresh powder was like a shot of adrenaline being injected directly to the blood stream. First run was amazing untracked bliss until we got buried and stuck hopelessly at the bottom in 4+ foot snow drifts on not steep enough terrain. This is what made us question if there was such thing as too much snow. I think I had more fun with the 11 inch storm I hit two weeks prior since none of that caused me to get stuck. But anyways, I can’t complain because it was such a fun day.
They never did get any of the really cool sections of the mountain open between the two days we were there due to extreme Avalanche danger but it did look pretty sweet seeing a all of that untracked powder around. We had plenty to enjoy for a couple of weekdays and I’d bet it was an absolute madhouse once the weekend rolled around. The more woods we explored, the more snow I ended up blasting my face with and just getting completely buried many times. I still hit enough rocks to leave scars in my skiis but that is expected by matter how much snow falls. This amount of snow at Alta was definitely special and I’m hoping to get this lucky again in the future! Couldn’t have asked for a more fitting end to this trip.
Back country post and full trip review to come soon!
Ski days this trip: 2
Ski days this season: 24
Lift ticket $ per day: $600/24 = $25
States Skiied: CA, UT, WY, MT
Resorts Visited: Mammoth Mountain, Snow Summit, Solitude, Alta, Jackson Hole, Big Sky