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Alta's goin' off

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The first storm hit today.Another is scheduled tomorrow afternoon. The third, the big one, is slated for early next week.It started at dawn. When I finally got up to the parking lot, past all the ditched two wheel drive cars, in a total whiteout blizzard,there was 8 inches on the lot. When I left four hours later there was over a foot.The wind was pretty strong and we had whiteout conditions; real nasty; or "interesting." The trees and glades were great; Alta collects snow unevenly; it'll blow in and pool in areas; so yeah we got face shots. The high traverse was well covered but past sunspot you had to go on faith 'cause it was like your goggles were painted white. I don't usually go to Eagles Nest 'cause everyone else does but that was the absolute goods today.{it's protected by trees} And the meadow under the thing by the place through the trees was sublime. And it's only getting better.
Update; Alta/Bird reported 19 inches by the end of today. Another storm tomorrow and the big one Tuesday and Wednesday.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 18, 2002 08:34 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Rubob ]</font>
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Yee-haw! Got some powder runs today at PCMR off of Pioneer Peak. About 6-8 accumulated inches up there...very nice.

Can't wait to hit Alta or Solitude mid-week.
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Are ya saying I'm gonna hit for next week?...
I guess there is a snow God. Heading out Tuesday ....skiing Wednesday and Thursday...Alta sounds like its gonna be sublime. I'll need a 4wd I take it(staying Downtown SLC)?

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Used my 4x4 both days to get up LCC to Alta!!! It was not the epic cay that I hoped, but did get a few face shots on Sunday! Big smiles were everywhere! Police were at the base on Sunday turning around all the 2wheelers. Got in the lift line around 8:15, first tracks in the steeps! Winters back!
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Carl; you should hit it, didn't see the weather report today but I was up on the mountain; you could see the storm coming in from the north from the top of Rustler Ridge. It was wierd cause if you looked west, toward Salt Lake Vally, it was sunny. The resort was overcast but warm{low 30's, I'd guess} and moderately windy. Still had plenty of pow today from the last storm. It was a little wind packed in places, very dry, with a consistancy ranging from soft and spongy to deep and light; interestng skiing 'cause you'd hit multiple consistancies with every turn, depending on wind exposure. All great, though, almost hero snow. Best; sheltered bowls on the back{east}side. Didn't go into the trees. Untracked could be had for a hike, oterwise lightly cut up pow, fluffcrud and a few soft bumps on the most traveled trails.. the usual groomers too. If you miss the first powder day of the coming storm, keep an eye on Ballroom/Shoulder and Devil's Castle, as they open later.. The Castle was closed today so it'll just be getting deeper. Happy skiing!
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