Skied Utah 2/18- 2/22. First turns were at Alta Wednesday afternoon. Early morning flight put us on the hill at 1:30 . 25" of snow had fallen over the last two days. The guy I was with skis Alta 80 days a year and know every inch of it and loves to ski off the Supreme lift. The snow was thigh deep in spots in the trees and it just locked me up and I couldn't get through it. He had no problems at all. He was skiing Poontons but I have no good excuse I had PE's which with a decent pilot more than enough.
Prior to this experience I thought I was an OK powder skier and will now have to concede, unless its blower powder, I stink. Hadn't been to Alta and Snowbird in 21 years prior to this trip. Just totally butt kicking terrain. A skier's mountain for sure , skied by alot of superb skiers. Carving -Smarving, you earn your stripes here by skiing through tight gullies cliff like faces and deep snow.
Couple of observations. Snowbird needs to replace the Little Cloud lift with a high speed. Alta was crowded mid week! Lots more skiers there than I previuosly remembered. Had a boot tech grind the little toe area in my boot and charge me only $5. (The place is a throw back for sure). Lots of retired guys in their 60's with alot of money hang out here all winter.
Alta keeps it kind of simple, a lift, a great mounatin, and lots of snow. Go ski it. I wished I could of. One good thing, when I get back to Vail this spring I'll ski stuff I never cared to venture into before after skiing off piste at Alta and Snowbird. Skied the last day at Solitude. Would love to hit that place mid week after a dump. Nice mounatin, that needs to replace the slow triple and double that takes you to the very top. But I gues if they did that , it would probably compromise the Solitude experience.