Alta, UT 10/6/07 - Day One, baby!

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Day 1: October snow

Skidog, Bob Dangerous, The Kid and our new household resident Cooper hatched plans midweek as the weekend forecast started to take shape. I rolled out of bed at 9 am and checked the webcams - sure enough, right on schedule.

Delayed 15 minutes by a flat tire in the driveway #-o , we all met up in the Grizzly parking lot at Alta at 1:45 and started skinning (The Kid and Cooper, a snowboarder, were snowshoeing). We headed up the Albion summer road to the first gate, cut across Sunnyside and ascended the shoulder of Vail Ridge. We made our game plan as we went along. Nearing the top of Sunnyside we figured that the mowed slope from the top of Sunnyside down to Alf's was as good as any other choice - adequate snow and no rock - and de-skinned. As we did so, another solo skier pulled up. After introductions - his name was Scott - he decided to tag along.

The problem? Not enough pitch. The snow was boot-top and the lower layers wet, so gaining enough momentum to even make a turn was out of the question.

We therefore struck out for the other side of Little Cottonwood Creek to Extrovert. Cooper struggled, and The Kid, who's supposed to be in shape from daily hockey training, bellowed, "I'm not climbing anymore." I tossed him the truck keys and they descended as the rest of us headed up a steep skin route up Extrovert. Kudos to Scott for breaking trail the whole way. Extrovert, however, had far too many boulders below the surface and we were forced to make another low angle choice, Rollercoaster.

The occasional pitch allowed us to get a few turns in. As we returned to our uphill skin track Bob followed it back to the summer road while the rest of us followed Home Run down to the final pitch above Albion Grill for a couple of extra turns.

I'm now home, whooped...and feeling mighty satisfied.
 

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Scott just sent me some of his photos, too. Thanks, Scott!
 

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Thanks, Patrick. Damn it felt good! \:D/ The turns weren't the best (I don't know how Scott managed to get a picture of me that made it look like I knew how to ski that stuff), but it felt sooooo good just to be out there.
 
Wow...yeah it did feel great...what a day....October 6th...AMAZING.....!!!


I hurt soo bad right now though... ;-)

M
 
Skidog":2hffiptg said:
I hurt soo bad right now though... ;-)

Which is why I'm typing this while sitting in a hot jetted bathtub. I've been here so long already that I'm now a human prune.

(I know, I know...a mental image that y'all didn't need.)

Those 12-oz. curls apparently aren't working. But we did out-do two purportedly in-shape 16 year-olds.
 
The Missus and I had dinner with Marc C., Karen, and Bob D. tonight. Bob was definitely looking a little "droopy eyed." But, he was also feeling really happy about the day he had with you and SkiDog. He too said you could have used some steeps considering the character of the snow. But then, it is October 6th!
 
This is the kind of ski day where CWHappyRN's advice will prove worthwhile.

Admin is discovering what Ron Cram has known since 1992. Utah is what I call a Class 2 area to live for a ski streaker. By that I mean that you will normally get October dustings and July backcountry leftovers. So you only need to leave your home turf for one trip (August/September) per season.

Of course the PNW ski streakers never have to leave home if they don't want to. That's why most of the people on http://turns-all-year.com live there.
 
Tony Crocker":1demnod7 said:
Admin is discovering what Ron Cram has known since 1992. Utah is what I call a Class 2 area to live for a ski streaker. By that I mean that you will normally get October dustings and July backcountry leftovers. So you only need to leave your home turf for one trip (August/September) per season.

Most year's that's normally true. 2005 was an exception, which is why I jumped on it.
 
I'm guessing there was a foot or a bit more at mid-mountain on Extrovert. Scott was up around Rock 'n Roll near East Castle before he hooked up with us and said that there was a bit more up there.
 
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