This winter has been strange. A few storms have passed through that dumped the same amount of snow (or more) in the valleys as they did in the mountains. That phenomenon is not typical. This latest storm followed that trend. The valley got about six inches overnight, and Alta got about the same.
Current Ski Day Reports
After a few hellish months of work (lots of overtime and weekend work), I finally got out to the mountains for some skiing.
Dan and I headed up to Alta on a perfect day (sunny and warm). It had been several days since the last storm, so he and I mainly skied groomers. He was a little more adventurous than I. I have a long way to go before I'm in true skiing shape. Regardless, it was a good ski day.
Despite my reservations about going skiing for a second day in a row, I just couldn't resist, and I didn't want to leave my friend, Mark, to have to ski by himself. So, after the 311 concert the previous night, I told Mark I would go skiing with him.
My friend Mark Deaver arrived earlier in the week, just after a large storm dumped tons of snow on the Wasatch Mountains. He and I met up at the park and ride and then got in line to head up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta. The prospects for this ski day were very good--if only we could find some fresh powder.
A solid storm skiing day with Dan and Wiebke. As per custom when it's snowing, we stayed in the forested Gad 2 area. Unfortunately, the skimpy snow cover was a bit of an issue, and there was little untracked snow to be found, but it was a fun ski day nonetheless.
After not skiing for two months for various reasons, I finally made it out to the mountain this weekend. Although I'm horribly out of shape, it was at least fun to show my cousin around Snowbird for the first time. The conditions were not great, but it was just good to be outside in the sun.
I woke up late and missed meeting Dan and Weibke at the park & ride, unfortunately. I headed up there still. I did, however, forget my socks, which, for me, is a potentially damning circumstance.
I drove up to Alta instead of Snowbird today to take advantage of the easier parking, smaller crowds, and more forgiving terrain. I had planned on trying out my new Lange RX 110's from Surefoot (long story), but I immediately removed them from my feet because I knew that all they were going to do was cause pain. So, I skied with my old Salomons again.
So, another ski season in Utah begins. This one begins, however, with my ski boot issues still unresolved, and my physical fitness level at the worst it has ever been. My skiing hopes have never been lower. I am, however, very excited to introduce my cousin, Dan, a new Utah local, to the mix for this season.