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The Altabird Trip that wasn't meant to be

post #1 of 15
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So, after planning a 3 day weekend for two high school buddies and me at Altabird for this weekend, fate doesn't want me to be there. Was really looking forward to it, since I don't have too many friends that ski really well, and the three of us can cover the whole mountain. I haven't had a trip like that in 5 years to ski all the good stuff for the whole trip.

Due to the fog at SLC, my flight was cancelled last night. I was then put on a 7am flight this morning (only miss 2 hours of skiing), and it was too cancelled. Next available flight is Sunday, and with the trip over on Monday, I just gave up on the whole thing. So, my 2 buds are there, and I'm not.

I'm utterly bummed.

Lessons learned: 1) do not fly delta from ABQ to SLC. there is only 1 flight that goes back and forth. the plane I was to get on was coming from SLC, so it had to get out of SLC first, and was delayed, and then we were delayed heading back to the point of cancellation. 2) do not fly the Embraer ERJ Regional Jets for ski trips. They are the first to get cancelled, because they are not certified by the FAA to fly in certain weather conditions (like fog).

Heading to Taos tomorrow to ease my pain, and maybe a Silverton trip next month.
post #2 of 15
Bummer, that is really rotten. Well, Taos is a good replacement for altabird, and Silverton is legendary.
post #3 of 15
It's raining in Utah. Raining.
post #4 of 15
Hell's Bells Mr Crab! That is horrible news! I'm on the home straight to being back there in a week. I remember arriving in PC 2 years back in early December, and it was raining, to my astonishment. And I arrived at the door of my new home, and no one was home, so I had to scuttle over the road to the 7-11 to use the pay phone, In the rain. Good grief.

Jeez, now I'm paying for lift tickets, I think I might be doing a LOT of shopping. I'm not paying for anything less than perfect skiing.
post #5 of 15
Ant; the rain's turned to snow. Temperature's are plunging, LCC is going off. A week from now everything will be different, no worries... O.P- your buddies are gettin' it. tomorrow should be off the charts.
post #6 of 15
Sorry to hear that.

It's always in the back of my mind when I do a weekend trip, that the weather can throw my plan into a tailspin...

On longer trips, the delay is just a minor annoyance. On short trips, it can be a trip killer.

Do you get your money back for the flight?
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I used frequent flyer miles, so no cost there and I got those back. I bought the trip insurance, so that's in process. I'll get lodging, lift ticket, and canyon transportation back.

Didn't make it to Taos today, b/c my son was running down the hall, tripped, and hit his head on a corner, so we were in the E.R. last night getting him checked out.

I just want the weekend to reset... my wife is convinced it was fate, that there was a reason I needed to stay home...

Definitely making next year's trip 4 days or more.

Thanks for the condolences everyone...
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by SantaFeHorn View Post
I just want the weekend to reset... my wife is convinced it was fate, that there was a reason I needed to stay home...
Your ACL('s) are in one piece, femur and whatnot are working properly etc. I believe the in fate bit - at least that's what I tell myself when something happens - wasn't meant to be.

While I send vibes that you didn't get to go, you got everything back, and you're in one piece.

Now - give the wife a reason to wish you did go .
post #9 of 15
Sorry your trip did not go off -- I just got back from Alta, and was reminded how lousy air travel is. So much of it is out of your control. Sometimes I think it's pure luck/chance when it goes off as planned.
post #10 of 15
How was the skiing at Alta, Skier219? Mr crab's update is comforting though!
post #11 of 15
Well, the first part of last week was spectacular bluebird weather and perfect visibility, with "ideal east coast" snow conditions. Overall great dry packed powder, but it started getting chalky and hard by the middle of the week. Then the heavy wet snow/graupel moved in starting Thursday and gave everything a nice soft coat (moguls were sublime). With the additional 20" of heavy snow, and now a big powder dump, it sounds like the next few days will be epic. I just hope avy instability doesn't go through the roof again. It was low to moderate most of the time I was out there.

Even with a 75-85" base last week, I thought Alta skied great. Off-piste was a bit more technical with some rocks to dodge, but that just made it more interesting to me.
post #12 of 15
Sounds like the snow depth isn't great. Rock-dodging, oh goody.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
Sounds like the snow depth isn't great. Rock-dodging, oh goody.

Getting pretty good actually:

http://alta.com/pages/report.php

post #14 of 15
'bout time UT started gettin' some. I'll take the scraps when I get there later this week. Nothing more aggravating than airtravel these days. Fingers crossed that my flts go off without a hitch.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
just spoke with my buddies who are on their way back. they said today was incredible, and the sun was just beginning to peek through. tomorrow should be great for those of you there (as well as the rest of the week).

....back to planning my trip to Silverton....
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