First, the view of the south facing aspects above Little Cottonwood. Brown. On the plus side, there's no facets where it's brown, which could be advantageous for touring once we have a snowpack. Of course, one will need to be extremely careful when skiing on these slopes not to venture into those areas where pockets of faceted snow presently persist.
Second is something I thought I would never see at Alta. There is no snowmaking off the Supreme Chair and keeping it running is taking a "supreme" effort. After the strong winds of yesterday and today, it's incredibly grim up there. They were actually filling buckets with snow at the bottom of the chair and unloading them at the top, presumably to maintain the cover in the unloading area.
|Shovels and buckets at the bottom of the Supreme|
|Unloading at the top|
|Looking southwest toward the Oquirrh Mountains from the Avenues|
Wednesday afternoon through Friday look wet, warm, and windy. It's going to be a mess (backcountry avalanche conditions are likely to be extreme), but the pattern will give us the sort of base building snow that we desperately need. And, it looks active (and cooler) through at least next weekend. Keep thinking snow!