We did our usual lap for the first run, cruising through "backcountry access only" Sugarloaf (no ski patrol over there this time of year) and making our way past the bottom of the Supreme lift. The mashed potatoes snow was very grabby already, making for challenging skiing. We had to do a lot of poling since our skis would scarcely glide, and once we dragged ourselves back to Collins via the tow-rope, we knew we wouldn't do that run again.
For the rest of the day, we took slow laps on the front side, trying out the Ballroom, Main Street, Mambo, Strawberry, Aggie's Alley, searching for runs with as little sun-bake as possible. It wasn't really possible. The snow was heavy and sticky, exhausting to push through. But it was soft and there weren't enough people around to bump it up.
Maybe it'll be sunnier tomorrow
After lunch at Watson's Shelter, we did a few more runs before calling it quits around 2 p.m. We sat on the tailgate and had a couple of beers, letting our winter-pale legs soak in what sun there was. Sunday, Alta's second closing day and the last day of the 2013/2014 season, would be much busier and crazier, with costumes and tailgating and all kinds of Alta weirdness. It was kind of nice to sit there, in the quiet, to reflect on the ski season. Even though we've been doing nothing but skiing since November, it's hard to believe it's almost over for another season.