Alta, UT Report: The Preseason Stoke Is Real

One day bleeds into next in anticipation for ski season. But when snow starts falling we get moving.

Alta Ski Area received another foot of snow last week as winter continues to poke its head out from under the covers in Little Cottonwood canyon. All that new snow got us real hot and bothered so we hit a skin track up North Rustler.

North Rustler
Jah one righteous send a day keep the evil away mon’.

The hike up took a minute but wasn’t bad as much of it followed a skin track. We made our way to the top of High Boy where we’d start the descent down North Rustler. The fun begins.

Coming down North Rustler, we navigated the shoulder sending small preseason cliffs and slashing powder. We had found the stash.

High boy
A view of Mt. Superior from the top of High Boy.

The snow was light and dry, making for that classic Utah powder. It was deep in spots, and especially soft in the shaded parts of the run. It felt like any mid-winter’s pow lap that I had ever taken.

Sending airs where we could and slashing powder-coated rollers, we were back doing what we love most.

By the bottom of the line, the powder had left us completely and utterly satisfied. We were reminded of just how epic this winter is going to be, and we left hungry. Hungry for more.

Alta preseason shred
Sending North Rustler in the preseason, pole-less. Credit: Skier Tom