Alta, UT 2/26/2017

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Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby Admin » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:09 pm

Day 40: Leftovers.

Today was spent hunting for scraps of untracked that had been overlooked the past couple of days. Of course there wasn't much, but Albion Gully delivered untracked top-to-bottom, and there were other runs that included untracked sections. Most of my day was spent playing Pied Piper for an Eastern Bloc contingent of Serbians, Croatians and Russians, some of whom are friends and some are friends of those friends.

It was slightly below zero at opening but warmed rapidly to around 20ºF in the intense sun. As predicted the wind kicked up in the afternoon ahead of our Monday storm that's supposed to drop another 1-2 feet.

Strangely, the only photos I took today were from behind the wheel:

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8:11 a.m., not a powder day and I'm still backed up for the merge at the mouth of LCC. This year will most certainly set a record for skier days in Utah, if this anecdotal evidence is any indication.


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Good morning LCC! This is the canyon's north ridgeline, from Tanners Gulch to Monte Cristo.


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The Hellgate Cliffs that mark the entrance to the Town of Alta, which are so named because during Alta's rough-and-tumble mining heydey in the 1800s with 5,000 residents and multiple bars, multiple brothels and countless shootings, the Mormon pioneers who supplied the miners said that once you passed these cliffs, you passed through the gates of hell.


(With regards to the caption on that last photo, here's a photo of downtown Alta in the 1870s: http://www.altahistory.org/databaseshowitem.aspx?id=1083. That was taken where the ski area's Transfer Tow exists today.)
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby jamesdeluxe » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:56 pm

Admin wrote:here's a photo of downtown Alta in the 1870s

Looks like a Deadwood interlodge.
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:18 pm

admin wrote:This year will most certainly set a record for skier days in Utah, if this anecdotal evidence is any indication.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from other regions besides Utah too. I expect a U.S. skier visit record when the Kottke Report comes out in May. There are no bad regions this year.
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby q » Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:10 am

Looks like an incredible weekend. Snowing currently and forecast to be snowy/cold all week up at Discovery for my arrival on Wednesday evening.

Currently reading about 400 people who ducked a rope at Snowbird and got caught at the bottom of Mineral Basin. Incredible if true!
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby Admin » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:12 am

Tony Crocker wrote:
admin wrote:This year will most certainly set a record for skier days in Utah, if this anecdotal evidence is any indication.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from other regions besides Utah too. I expect a U.S. skier visit record when the Kottke Report comes out in May. There are no bad regions this year.


That's what I don't understand. From my observations in other years, when we tend to be busy is when other regions in the West aren't doing so well, but that's not the case this winter, which has been far busier than I've ever seen. I just don't get it.
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby berkshireskier » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:43 am

Tony Crocker wrote:
admin wrote:This year will most certainly set a record for skier days in Utah, if this anecdotal evidence is any indication.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from other regions besides Utah too. I expect a U.S. skier visit record when the Kottke Report comes out in May. There are no bad regions this year.


Not sure what the skier numbers will look like in the Northeast this year, but I would characterize the winter so far as being mixed, at best. Weather-wise, it's been very up and down, with periods of cold weather and snow and then periods of warm weather and rain (extending all the way up into Eastern Canada). Last week, we had two consecutive days with temps in the low 70's and all the natural snow is long gone. Luckily, for most NE ski areas, the X-Mas week was OK and MLK and the Presidents' long weekend were also decent. I'm guessing it won't be a stellar season for most ski areas in the East.
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby EMSC » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:57 am

Admin wrote:That's what I don't understand. From my observations in other years, when we tend to be busy is when other regions in the West aren't doing so well, but that's not the case this winter, which has been far busier than I've ever seen. I just don't get it.


Esp with Vail in town for a couple years now maybe, just maybe, Utah is now 'on the map' ? Plus SLC metro continues to grow rapidly too.
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby Admin » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:03 am

I'm not discounting the Vail Resorts/Epic Pass theory. There's bound to be some spillover.
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby Marc_C » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:33 am

q wrote:Currently reading about 400 people who ducked a rope at Snowbird and got caught at the bottom of Mineral Basin. Incredible if true!

Link?
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Re: Alta, UT 2/26/2017

Postby q » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:31 am

Marc_C wrote:Link?


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