Leaving work around 1PM, I headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon. My usual haunts have been getting rain, so, breaking protocol, I got on the lemming track looking for snow at higher elevations. From Alta, I skinned up Flagstaff and skied several runs in upper Days Fork. From there I skinned up Hideaway into upper Silver Fork. At dusk I exited down Flagstaff back to Alta. The snow was great and I only snagged a couple of rocks. The Wasatch has great terrain, but the more I ski the Central Wasatch, the more convinced I am that my “home” terrain is just as good in terms of terrain and snow. Lower elevation, yes, but in a normal snow year the difference is negligible. The downside, or perhaps upside depending on your point of view, there is a steep barrier to entry in the form of longer, brushier, more challenging approaches. I'll gladly take that trade-off for lack of crowds. In the meantime, BCC, LCC and MC are fun to explore again after years away.
|Cardiac Bowl, Superior and Monte Cristo from upper Days Fork.|
|Near the Hallway into Cardiff from upper Days. I told my son he could have my rock skis. He declined.|
|Upper Days. Great snow but still a bit rocky.|
|Heading up the Silver Fork/Days Fork divide at dusk.|
|Pfieferhorn and Superior at sunset, from Emma Ridge (head of Silver Fork).|