Originally Posted by Prosper
The Powderhound's Guide to Skiing Alta describes the access to Alf's High Rustler as the following:
"From High Traverse, turn left at pass and traverse just below ridge line. Climb knoll to peak. Entry from peak fraught with peril of exposed and barely hidden rocks, even in good coverage late in season. Other entries by side stepping or turning right down north ridge to slots through rocks and trees. Rocks often exposed or present at these entries as well."
Can anyone whose been there confirm these routes?
That is a good description. After you go through the notch on the green mat you cut left along the ridge line. There will be a high and low traverse line, but either one will work, since they will come together. You pass above Stone Crusher at a dip in the ridge line, and then carry your speed up the next knoll. If you traverse around the knoll 180 degress you will come into Rustler (cool locals call it "High Boy") through the trees about 4 or 5 tuns below the top. If you shoot as high as possible up the knoll (instead of traversing around it) you will still need to sidestep up about 10 feet to get to the very top. I think it is best to come at the knoll top in a right to left button hook from your traverse, but either way you will be stepping over some rocks.
It is a classic view to stand at the top of Rustler with the lodge between your tips a hundred turns below, but after you have done it once the extra effort to get a few more turns starts to seem like a waste of valuable ski time. It's not like the run isn't long enough.
Stone Crusher is another run that should not be missed. You can cut left just before the green mat and traverse as high and far as possible until you end up in the chute, or after you cross the mat and cut left drop back over the ridge asap and stay high right. You can also continue on the HR traverse to the low point on the ridge line, but it's about a 12' cliff jump into Stone Crusher from there. Enjoy!