Sounds similar to my weekend jaunt – and it highlights the good/bad side of Colorado skiing compared to the Wasatch.
In CO you are a little farther from civilization – which is good (better wilderness feel) and bad(longer drive, sleeping on the ground).
In CO you are a few thousand feet higher – which is good(longer chutes, colder snow) and bad (longer chutes to go up, less oxygen).
In the wasatch you are close to home – which is good (comfy bed, cozy wife) and bad (no wilderness feel).
In the wasatch you are a few thousand feet lower – which is good(Easier to breath) and bad (warmer snowpack – I don’t even think they had a refreeze last week, plus our hiking season is shorter).
My weekend jaunt; roll out of bed at 4:30am, pick up jimpd at 5:00am, drive to Alta, hike to top of Baldy, top out at 7:45am, goof around for ½ hour and ski down the main chute (43 max about 38 average, maybe a 1000 ft vert in the chute, 2500 base to top, soft snow, really soft down low), home by 9:30 am, just in time to take the boy to soccer practice.
One funny thing, though, you would expect the Wasatch to be more crowded but we saw no one on the way up or down – although we saw some people goofing around at the base and others who were just arriving.
Some questions – did the other hiker/skiers also use crampons? Did you use an ice ax or self arrest poles or just poles? Did you hike in Ski boots, or tele boots(probably not since you clicked in) or AT boots? What was the vertical from the car to the lot? how much vert in the chute?