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March 29, 2009

Alta Trip

Talk about a cool trip. I got my 61 year old grandmother taking her very first ski lesson and on the mountain for the first time in over 30 years. While she was waiting for her lesson and in school, it just happens that I got an entire day of epic Utah blower powder during the last week of March.

I rolled up on Thursday and they had the canyon closed until 10:00 AM to do avalanche control. THAT IS A GOOD SIGN. By the time we got tickets and settled in, it was almost 11:00 and there was no morning ski school class. That left her to check out the Albion lodge, where the food was rather unimpressive. Horrible chili and terrible cheeseburger that cost $17.00 for the two plus a soda.

I headed up the backside to Sugarloaf and met Matt who was working at one of the condo complexes during the winter and took the day off to ski. We took several different lines down, but the best was Extrovert right under the lift line. Steep and perfect powder, though a short little jaunt, it was waist deep. After about a half a dozen runs, I headed over to the Collins side and caught a couple descents, but the backside was less crowded plus I wanted to catch up with my grandmother for a run at the end of the day. I lapped her and her instructor on Sunnyside while watching her work her way down the runs back to the lift.

And this is how I know I am a total loser... she brought only a $20 and spent $14 in the lodge waiting for me. I was cash broke. So we had a total of $6 for a tip for Dave who was an outstanding instructor. I felt like the biggest piece of dirt for shorting him on the tip, but there was no ATM and nothing we could do. I am writing to Connie Marshall, the PR director, and thanking them for the job that he did and sending a card with cash. I should have known better and brought more cash, but it was a flurry of a trip and poorly planned.

I rented a set of K2 Apache skis for the powder. They rocked. You just hammer your leg into turns and they float right through the carve. I am still kinda sore in the quads and rode in the backseat too much. I could tell that I was out of shape for that kind of pow, but I blame a poor winter at Brian Head. I have been working out at the YMCA but no amount of time on the weights and treadmill can prepare your quads for a 3' powder day.

It was epic. Grandma was hooked and all she could talk about was going again. I got sick pow run after pow run. It was by far the best day of the year and perhaps in the last couple years since I went to Wolf Creek with Erich and Tim.

Alta is heaven. That is all I can say.

Posted by Justin at March 29, 2009 07:22 PM


Yeah, Alta is where it is at!!

Posted by: Nick at April 2, 2009 07:57 PM