Tuesday, April 9, 2013

starting to wind down

Things are starting to wind down up at Alta.  This Saturday was a Demo Day but I think there were more vendors there than skiers.  Although temperatures were fairly mild (mid 30s - low 40s), the skies were overcast and the light was very flat.  It started spitting snow around noon and got heavier as the afternoon progressed - heavy, wet flakes.  That being said, the conditions were so much better than last weekend, mostly because the snow hadn't frozen up overnight, plus we got another five inches or so.

That being said, we mostly stuck to the groomers, which were nice and soft on top; the bumps and ungroomed stuff stayed pretty stiff until after noon.  We did a couple of runs on Sugarloaf, then moved over to Supreme and stayed there for most of the day.  We didn't venture into Catherine's Area but mostly stayed on No. 9 Express, Upper Sleepy Hollow and the like.  There seemed to be a fair number of families and spring-breakers around but it wasn't crowded by any means.

Looks more like winter than spring up here

By about 2:30 p.m. it was snowing like crazy and we were getting really wet sitting on the chairlift, so we decided to call it a day.  The snow turned to rain about halfway down the canyon, then got clear in the valley.  We could see the clouds socked into the mountains to the east, however, and that made us hopeful for some new snow for the next day.

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