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post #31 of 46
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Yeah, The DPS guys hosted a private event for anyone that owned DPS skis as a way to say Thank You. Pretty fantastic of them! Too bad you are not still here. Alta is hosting a giant demo event today with many ski makers and DPS is just one of them. This one is open to everyone.


The DPS event was not just the tent.  They also had a special deal at the Snowpine for a long weekend for travelers who don't live in SLC.  In addition, they provided Alta Ski Shop with a LOT more DPS skis as demo rentals.

 

Heading out to the Demo Day. :-)

 

April 2014 Alta Demo Day

post #32 of 46
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The DPS event was not just the tent.  They also had a special deal at the Snowpine for a long weekend for travelers who don't live in SLC.  In addition, they provided Alta Ski Shop with a LOT more DPS skis as demo rentals.

 

Heading out to the Demo Day. :-)

 

April 2014 Alta Demo Day

 

Looks busy already for early morning...

post #33 of 46

The pic in Post #31 was from a couple years ago.  Last year was a bust because the snow conditions were pretty bad all day.  Not that many reps came.  Today there were about 20 brands.  I'll post pictures later.

 

It stayed cool because of the cloud cover so for most of the morning, the groomers on the upper mountain were firm but Collins Face was good even at 9:30am.  By lunch time, there was plenty of soft snow to be found off the groomers.  So most of the tents were busy right up to closing time for demos at 3:00.

post #34 of 46

A few pics of the 2016 Alta Demo Day.  The indie brands were in front of the Guest Services building: 4FRNT, ON3P, Ramp, Sego, KFSkis.  They seemed to stay open a bit later than some of the major brands.  The list includes Fischer, Dynastar, Atomic, Nordica, Head, Volkl, Rossignol, Blizzard, Salomon, Armada, Elan and Scott.  Saw people on the lift with DPS skis.  The tents were mostly set up by 8:30am.  Most reps were packing up at 3:00pm.  The sun was out in first thing in the morning, and then again after 3:00.  Pretty much flat light from 10:00-2:30, with a little graupel right after lunch time.  Overall, better snow conditions than last year.

 

 

 

 

post #35 of 46

Since the sun came out, I took a few more runs on my Black Pearls to get a sense of how they compared to the various skis that I demo'd.  Finished the day with a run down Sunspot.  The snow was great, soft enough to be fun but not too soft to be heavy.  A lot of people left when it was overcast and snowing (graupel) so had the run to myself.

 

post #36 of 46
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The DPS event was not just the tent.  They also had a special deal at the Snowpine for a long weekend for travelers who don't live in SLC.  In addition, they provided Alta Ski Shop with a LOT more DPS skis as demo rentals.

 

Heading out to the Demo Day. :-)

 

April 2014 Alta Demo Day

 

At Snowpine we had two presentations at breakfast from Stephan Drake, the owner of DPS. Also, on Friday night we got to tour the factory and see how all the magic is done!

post #37 of 46
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The DPS event was not just the tent.  They also had a special deal at the Snowpine for a long weekend for travelers who don't live in SLC.  In addition, they provided Alta Ski Shop with a LOT more DPS skis as demo rentals.

 

 

At Snowpine we had two presentations at breakfast from Stephan Drake, the owner of DPS. Also, on Friday night we got to tour the factory and see how all the magic is done!

Is that an annual event or something new for 2016?  I saw the event on the DPS website just a few days before it started.

post #38 of 46

They are planning to do it annually. This was the first.

post #39 of 46
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They are planning to do it annually. This was the first.


Good to know.  I rent DPS skis often when I get luck with snowstorms at Alta.  I like DPS skis, especially the Nina 99 and the new Zelda, but so far it's not worth owning powder skis that have to be packed for airplane travel together with my all-mountain skis.

post #40 of 46

We were up there too on demo day and it was one of my best days at Alta because we didn't have to wait in line for any lift!  Great soft snow on the groomers.  My friend was demo'ing DPS powder skis but she ended up preferring her own.

post #41 of 46
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We were up there too on demo day and it was one of my best days at Alta because we didn't have to wait in line for any lift!  Great soft snow on the groomers.  My friend was demo'ing DPS powder skis but she ended up preferring her own.


There was soft snow off the groomers on the lower mountain after lunch.  Although the best skiing was after the sun came out, which was after the reps had stopped sending out demo skis.

 

Do you mainly ski Alta on weekends?  Except for first thing in the morning on a good snow day, I've never had issues with lift lines at Alta midweek.  Lift lines are not a worry during late season in general.

post #42 of 46

Another good spring skiing day at Alta today.  Even without Cecret, Supreme, and Wildcat, the place was pretty empty.  A little cool in the morning but Sugarloaf softened by lunch time.  Instructors were taking folks over on the Backside in the morning.  Snow in Mineral Basin was fine but with the clouds in the morning, that meant very flat light.  Very few people over there too.  After lunch, it stayed in the 40's mid-mountain on the Collins side even though it was sunny so everything was very skiable and fun off the High T and Ballroom traverses.  Never got sticky even at the base.

post #43 of 46
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There was soft snow off the groomers on the lower mountain after lunch.  Although the best skiing was after the sun came out, which was after the reps had stopped sending out demo skis.

 

Do you mainly ski Alta on weekends?  Except for first thing in the morning on a good snow day, I've never had issues with lift lines at Alta midweek.  Lift lines are not a worry during late season in general.

Actually we haven't gone to Alta much, mostly visiting from Utah during early part of March the past couple years and it was pretty busy even midweek.  But now we live here!  However, my husband worked at Deer Valley and had free passes to Solitude this past season so that's mostly where we skied and my comparison.  Solitude is so great for skiing with no lines!  But glad to hear you don't think Alta is too bad in general.

post #44 of 46
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There was soft snow off the groomers on the lower mountain after lunch.  Although the best skiing was after the sun came out, which was after the reps had stopped sending out demo skis.

 

Do you mainly ski Alta on weekends?  Except for first thing in the morning on a good snow day, I've never had issues with lift lines at Alta midweek.  Lift lines are not a worry during late season in general.

Actually we haven't gone to Alta much, mostly visiting from Utah during early part of March the past couple years and it was pretty busy even midweek.  But now we live here!  However, my husband worked at Deer Valley and had free passes to Solitude this past season so that's mostly where we skied and my comparison.  Solitude is so great for skiing with no lines!  But glad to hear you don't think Alta is too bad in general.


Solitude is certainly less likely to have any lift lines in comparison to Alta, Snowbird, or Park City.  In general, more likely to have noticeable lift lines at Alta than 10 years ago.  In some cases, the Mountain Collective Pass is encouraging travelers to check out LCC for the first time.  Heard that from a few people who work at Alta during lift ride conversations.

post #45 of 46

Didn't take many pics when spring skiing at Alta.  Here's a few from the last week when temps at the base were in the 50s.

 

Had Sunspot to myself more than once, this was on April 9 when the sun came out after the Demo Day was over

 

Didn't seem quite warm enough for a bikini or shorts to me, but it was for several locals having fun on Collins

 

Rope lines on Collins get pretty short when it's warm in April

post #46 of 46

Great pics.

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