Had an amazing ski experience last week at Alta, arrived Monday 02 April, skied 5 consecutive days Tuesday-Saturday, out Sunday. Saturday was Demo day, lots of fun to be had off Collins.
Conditions were excellent Tuesday and Wednesday. Fresh powder had fallen Monday and the groomers were flush with light fluff and a soft base on Tuesday and fresh tracks could be had off-piste through Wednesday noon.
The sun and high temps Wednesday afternoon started slushing things up mid-afternoon, then temps dropped hard Wednesday night with accompanying wind, yielding very challenging crust and hardpack everywhere all day Thursday. We finished dinner with plans to party hard and sleep late, as only 1-3 inches were forecast to fall overnight, yielding what we expected would be classic dust-on-crust that we weren't too keen to experience. We drank heavily until 3 a.m. and bedded down with snow falling lightly outside.
Never trust meteorologists....
Our chalet chef rang the breakfast bell more than 2 hours early at 8:30, and I awoke in a bitterly cold room with a nasty hangover to see over a foot of snow piled on the floor beneath the window I cracked open when I went to bed. I looked outside and giant flakes were coming down hard, and nearly a foot had accumulated at the base. We geared up and had an epic Friday powder day (after morning shots of Yukon Jack), as the snow kept falling hard all day until finally tapering off at 3 p.m.
We awoke Saturday (demo day) with fresh lines ready to be cut through virgin powder on all the upper runs beneath the Castles and off Greeley and even some off High Traverse, and conditions stayed ideal ... the groomers were in very good condition with much of the underlying hardpack left over from the Thursday freeze softened up by the late morning warm-up, yielding great afternoon skiing.
After a fun run down Racecourse and Lower Sunspot, one of the guys in the group and I decided to make our last run with a spent-leg cruise from Baldy shoulder down to mid-Collins, and from there we finished up with a glorious, sun-soaked cruise down Schuss Gully/Collins Face to complete a memorable ski trip ... which meant a lot as it was my only trip this year.
Here's a link to a video of our last run down mid-Collins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb0qAfbvj7k
Phil, the Kastle MX88s you sold me in 2010 are the bomb ... 20 ski days on them so far, and they are now feeling like extensions of my body -- they are extremely versatile, comfortable, sleek and powerful skis, I could not be more happy ... thanks much.