Alta's storm total was the expected 9 inches. Alta is 29% open, which is not as bad as 2017 but still below 25th percentile. Noteworthy is that nothing is open on the Sugarloaf side yet. Solitude is 4% open. Meanwhile the storm rages on in the Alps with two more expected to follow next Monday and Thursday.
True but Eagle is also the lowest altitude/least snowy part of the mountain and the runs are long. I doubt there is comprehensive snowmaking coverage. I would not expect Eagle to be open mid-December anyway on the current weather trajectory.especially terrain that is more moderate and requires less snow depth.
Even here you have to go through each chairlift drop screen and add up the runs. Seven runs appear on both the Wildcat and Collins screens, so you need to avoid any double counts. You also have to check this reference during operating hours. Last night all but 6 groomers were marked closed, which amounts to being only 5% open. This morning 32% of runs are listed open due to limited opening of Sugarloaf.
The Vail Resorts format has summary of open lifts/trail/terrain at the top of the page. I go through these for every season progress report I write, so I'm confident the numbers don't change based upon whether it's during operating hours or not. Usually SnoCountry will match those summary numbers....trails rolling up under lifts? Whistler, Vail, or Park City would require so much clicking
That would be Mt. Baldy, which only lists chairs running and a generalized paragraph narrative. Big Bear and Mt. High are like Alta, no summary but a list of every trail and whether it's open. That's easy to handle for areas of that size; more time consuming at Alta's size.I feel like ski resorts bury 'bad conditions' in a vast number of click menus that you cannot accurately attain what is - or is not - open.
I really, really want an accurate concise summary of "X out of Y acres" (preferred) and/or "X out of Y trails" open. This gives you the big picture in seconds without much clicking. In early season when X/Y is 10% or less like it is now at Solitude , I think that's all you need to know. X/Y < 50% at Christmas generally means high skier density and don't expect much in the way of advanced and/or ungroomed terrain.Give me an open/closed map - lifts and slopes. A grooming report.
Give me an open/closed map - lifts and slopes.
I remember in 2017 (I think) there was a dry spell and not much was open mid December at Alta. They got a 20 inch storm from memory and got over 80% of it open by the 22nd of December.
Usually because most of it is automated, though there can be occasional unexplained gaps in updates (worst I saw was ~a week long with no updates).Do they update it every day?
You haven't skied low-tide Alta until you're forced to do this (twice):I was amazed at how well it skied low tide. Really impressive.
Which is why you should head east for better quality this time. I posted a progress report that same day 12/10/11. Alta had season snowfall of 79 inches then. That's where Alta will be next week after the weekend storm plus the 49 inches so far.You haven't skied low-tide Alta until you're forced to do this (twice):
I don’t mind an uphill hike if it’s worth it. Looks like you were very warm.You haven't skied low-tide Alta until you're forced to do this (twice):
Day 11: OK, I'll say it...we need more snow. Really. Groomers were fun in the morning (except for Low Boy, where it was downright glassy because they blew the gun too wet) but got scratchy by lunch time. Ungroomed is firm in fast in areas that have been skied, and thick unconsolidated sugar...www.firsttracksonline.com