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Ski Day 100 at Alta. But why day 101 meant so much more!

by Powderhound Matt April 22 2013 2 Comments

Ski Day 100 is usually a pretty big day for me. Crossing that milestone at Alta during a 12” snow storm. . . you really can’t ask for anything more.  While Saturday’s milestone was a big deal, the day after actually upstaged the big 100.  

Here's what happened, on day 101 my girlfriend Kim experienced her first real “Powder Day” and first day at Alta Ski Area. Here's how the day unfolded in Kim's words:

“20 days on snow. Not bad for my first year of skiing ever. 19 of those days... I spent in rental boots, on rental skis... because I just didn't know any better." She proclaimed.

Kim continued, "Then... 2 weeks ago, I got wise. I was tired of everyone telling me I was missing out on the "real experience of skiing" so I got into some new gear. I traded in the rentals for some Rossignol S3's (great all mountain skis... but also good for powder newbies like myself) and I paired them up with some new, perfectly fitted Lange boots from my buddy Dave at Sure Foot in Deer Valley. I was ready to rip... but this late in the season... I was sure I would have to wait till next year. Not so."

As a beginner... many people told me, "Oh, you want to stay in Park CIty. Don't go to Little Cottonwood, that terrain is too tough!" So, I trusted my friends and did what was safe. Until today.  

This weekend, Alta received a foot of new snow, and Powderhound Matt was determined to spend his time up in the "scary canyon." To my surprise... he actually invited me to go with him! To that, I recited the line I had heard so many times this year, "I can't go to Little Cottonwood, that terrain is too tough." He rolled his eyes, and told me to get dressed. 

All I can say about this day, is it was spectacular. Not only did I love my new gear, the conditions at Alta today were amazing... and not at all scary or intimidating. Of course, your surrounded by beautiful, and extreme terrain, but there was plenty of stuff for a beginner like me, and much of the powder was still untracked!

So of the 20 days I spent on mountains this year... the most amazing day... was my last.  I guess that's the perfect way to get me pumped for next season. Well played, Powderhound Matt... well played.”

 

 

Like I said earlier, day 100 was great, but day 101 stole the show. Being able to share my true passion for skiing powder felt incredible.  Not only seeing but feeling that excitement that someone gets the first time it all comes together, they let go of their fears and just have at it is incredible. Kim Fischer welcome to the Powder Posse! 

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Matt Baydala

Matt Baydala, originally from Rockville Centre, New York, sniffed his way to Park City, Utah in 2006. Since then, he has built a career as a Park City restaurant manager to accommodate his skiing lifestyle. His passion and appreciation for the diversity of Utah’s wintersports product make him the perfect Powderhound. "For me skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth® is not just a hobby; it’s an obsession," exclaimed Baydala. "Now I have the opportunity to share this awesome life we live out here with the entire skiing community."

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