Gorgeous sky over Gunsight
Where we liked to go on Memorial Day was up to Alta. We were curious to see if there were lots of people skiing at Snowbird (fewer than we expected) and we were curious to see how much snow is still up there (quite a lot, really). We parked by the Albion Lodge - not yet open for summer, although the bathrooms are available - strapped on our snowshoes and headed up the bunny slope. Note: the bunny slopes never seem steep unless you're walking up them.
Skiing dude heading out
We weren't the only ones out and about at Alta. We saw tons of songbirds, numerous potguts, at least nine skiers, a guy driving a sno-cat, a couple of hikers and one fat-biker (the bike was fat, not the cyclist). There were guys hard at work on the lifts too, doing maintenance on the Sugarloaf chairs, which surprised us a little, being a holiday. A fair number of trees had been taken down near Alf's, getting ready to put in the new lift. The Cecret lift has been dismantled: the top and bottom were still there but all the towers have been taken down and the chairs and cables are gone. It looked like they were getting ready to do the same to poor Supreme.
In-progress lift removal
Still looks like winter up in the Apron
We did a lollipop, looping through the upper trees and returning down Sunnyside the way we came. There were more people heading out when we got back to the truck just over two hours and approximately four miles later: walking up the Summer Road, toting sleds up and a couple of young guys packing salt and a big shovel. We asked them what the salt was for: building a jump. Memorial Day mayhem at Alta!