Monday, March 30, 2009

Alta and Snowbird (staying at GMD), March 2009

Warm and sunny conditions this week. We are here during the 5-day lull between storms. The powder gods are not on our side. Regardless, Alta was pretty awesome. Cathrine's area never got soft enough to ski but the rest of the mountain(s) softened by 10:00 AM as the temps neared 50. It was sweater skiing for 2 of the days as temps hit 55/60. Our favorite areas: Glory Hole, Devils Castle, and of course Ballroom. We spent most of our time at Alta.

We hit Snowbird for a couple days but the front side just refused to soften. Mineral basin was the place to be. We spent 2 mornings here as it faces south and warmed up quickly. It was 100% open and a blast!

We headed back to Alta in the afternoons and finished our days. We stayed at Gold Miners Daughter (affectionately known as GMD). GMD has a package deal which includes Breakfast and Dinner. The price was up there but the convenience of being slope-side is unsurpassed. The food was excellent! The GMD is showing its age but is still a very quaint and rustic place. The staff was excellent. But wouldn't you be excellent too with 135 days out and its only the second week in March? Great goggle tans on everyone, too.