Alta From an Outsider

Posted: January 14th, 2014 | Author:

Words by professional skier, Tatum Monod

As I rode up an old double chair called Wildcat, located at the base of Alta Ski Area, I caught a glimpse of what I was getting myself into.

As a Whistler skier I’m no stranger to challenging terrain. Needless to say my expectations where high as I was about to find out what Alta had to offer.

Alta Ski Area Tatum Monod

Tatum enjoying the “Greatest Snow on Earth.”

It was a beautiful powder day. As I approached the top of the mountain I raced anxiously hoping to beat the crowd and catch some fresh turns. Luckily I was following Wiley Miller and Rob Aseltine, two Alta athletes who know every hit, pow stash and feature on the mountain.

The excitement was growing and people were darting across the cat track, looking to score a fresh line on the first run of the day. I dropped in and right off the bat I found myself ripping through some steep trees in powder so light that it resembled dust as it blew up in my face.

Alta Ski Area Tatum Monod

Tatum gettin’ deep.

I was hot on the tails of Wiley as he sent it off a natural hip, perfect for spinning a left side three. Amongst the face shots, the run started to feel like a natural terrain park with different kinds of features and the opportunity to catch air everywhere.

That day I skied two of nine lifts, hardly making a dent in the terrain that Alta has to offer. Here’s to skiing new places and meeting new faces. And thank you to Alta for one of the best powder days yet.

I will be back!


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