So as we've learned from Cat in her latest post, according to yours truly, the ski season never really ends here in Utah. This was one of those weeks that only reinforced those ridiculous comments I made on closing day at Park City Mountain Resort. For some of us, the week of May 2 finally gave us the opportunity to ski many lines up in the Wasatch Mountains that in most years are un-skiable. Due to the tremendous snow pack this year, I was able to check two more firsts off my bucket list. Check out the two different firsts we accomplished this week here in Utah.
May 2, 2011
The Twin Peaks and Pipeline opened for the first time this season over at Snowbird. The boot is long and hard, but the view from the top of the Twins is absolutely breathtaking. As beautiful as it is, it's also rather intimidating not a place for the intermediate skier. I wasn't able to shoot as much skiing video as normal because it was way more important to stay focused on getting up and down the peak safely. If you look closely you may even be able to see the Ski Utah crew waving at me from the helicopter. While we were hiking, they were flying around checking out the proposed Snowbird Resort expansion plans.
May 5, 2011
I've skied Main Chute at Alta a handful of times but I've never been able to ski Little Chute at Alta until today. When dropping in on Little Chute there are usually tons of shark teeth waiting to grab a hold of you, sending you tumbling down a very long and steep 900 vertical foot chute. This year things are different, there's just so much snow that almost the entire Baldy Face is ski-able. So now that's two firsts for me this week, conquered the Twin Peaks and now Little Chute. What will be next, you will have to wait and see. The snow was really soft this week, great spring skiing to be had at Snowbird.
Snowbird will close on weekdays after Sunday the 8th and will only be operation on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. As I'm writing this latest blog, I just read the latest forecast discussion from the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City and here are there thoughts on the upcoming storm for late this weekend.
"SNOWFALL ABOVE THE 8000 FOOT LEVEL WILL LIKELY FALL IN THE 1 TO 2 FOOT RANGE IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS WITH LOCAL AREAS RECEIVING UPWARDS OF 30 INCHES BY LATE WEDNESDAY."
If you need to find me early next week, I'll be at the Alta earning my turns. If you do decide to head up to Alta to hike or skin early next week, please remember that no avalanche control work is being done at the resorts so you need to treat the resort the same as if you were in the backcountry.