This year will mark my 14th season skiing the slopes of Alta. An immediate distinction you must understand about Alta, is that it is not a ski resort, but a ski area. While it graces the pages of, You-Name-It –Magazine, multiple times a year, unlike most grandiose ski resorts on the other pages, it is not recognized for flaunting a zillon high-speed chairs, gondolas or trams that allow you to access the most radical terrain as soon as you click into your skis. In fact, some of the most fun and challenging terrain at Alta isn’t off the high-speed quad, it’s off a double and triple chair, Wildcat and Supreme respectively. On top of that, Alta makes you work for it.
If you haven't traversed to reach any runs, you haven't skied Alta. If you haven't side-stepped, you haven't skied Alta. If you haven't hiked, you haven't skied the infamous Baldy Chutes or Perlas.
What many other ski resorts may criticize about Alta, is what I believe make it a great ski area. The hikes, traverses, stashes and side-steps is all what has kept me coming back for almost a decade and a half. On Feb. 13-16 I’m excited to team up with Kim Reichhelm’s Steep Skiing Camp at Alta and hit up all my favorite spots. To get you warmed up, I put together a brief overview of the variety of skiing that Alta provides and some unique skills it has afforded me. All of the following photos were captured on the most typical day: sunny, no powder, no ice, just enjoyable skiing.
From the Top - Main Chute - Dec. 29th, 2016