In Catherine's Area, pre-fall
After lunch, both days, we headed into Devil's Castle. It was still great, a little chunky on Sunday but beaten into soft, manageable bumps by Monday. I skied it really well on Monday; while other skiers were bemoaning the fact that it was "all bumped to hell," the conditions suited me and my short, turnable Volkl skis.
Despite the lack of snow, Alta has managed to get almost all of its terrain open. Baldy's Main Chute was open Saturday and Sunday (closed Monday); the first third of Devil's Castle was open, as was the periphery of Supreme Bowl (Ski Patrol posted signs recommending that people stay out of the main bowl, but kept it open-); the only thing that remained fully closed was East Castle, per usual.
H in Catherine's Area
Still trying to expand our scope, on Sunday I suggested that we take the mid-traverse on the front side and give Sunspot a try. It was pretty bad, beaten down and scoured smooth and hard, not even softening in the afternoon sun. Our last run Sunday was down Stimulation/Johnson's Warm-Up off the Wildcat lift (our first time on Wildcat all season - yikes!). The snow was holding up okay there, despite the heavy traffic, but since it was the last run of the day, my legs were toast and I didn't enjoy it much. Monday ended much stronger, calling it quits after three Devil's Castle runs in a row and then a celebratory pitcher of Full Suspension at the Porcupine.
Last time through Devil's Castle
We desperately need snow, both for the skiing as well as for the water supply, but it's tough to be cranky about gorgeous days like we got this long weekend.