What a difference a few days makes. Snow, snow, and more snow has greatly improved the early season ski conditions.
I avoided the powder panic in the Cottonwoods on Friday and Saturday and skate skied at Mountain Dell. On Friday, trails were limited, but a good chunk of the terrain was open on Saturday. Conditions were soft, but to have skate skiing in November is a blessing and thus no complaints here. Much thanks to the groomers for getting things open. I am looking forward to getting up another day or two this week.
I skied at Alta today and thought conditions were excellent for 1 December. I even brought a brand new pair of skis, which I really enjoyed (no rocks hit, but my off-piste adventures were limited). I thought it would be overcast in the afternoon, but instead, skies were beautiful, and the views even prettier.
No "direct hits" are likely this week, but there's a chance of some action again next weekend. Keep your fingers crossed. I hate to be greedy, but more snow would be nice.