Savoring Opening Day

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 | Author:

It was 75 years in the making, and in just over seven hours our 75th Opening Day came to end, joining the past 74 years in the history books.

Just like the Alta 75th Anniversary Ale, this year’s Opening Day needed to be savored to be truly appreciated. So I savored the history, the people, the great early season snow, the abundance of open terrain, the best damn cappuccino in Little Cottonwood Canyon (found at Baldy Brews) and at the end, an Alta Ale.

I thought about how Alta athlete, Rachael Burks, was first on the scene, bright and early, to ensure her spot on the historic first chair, following it up with a rockin’ fist pump as her chair came around the bullwheel. I thought about how Koby and Justin camped out, earning the first GNAR points of the year by cooking breakfast in the lift line. I thought about the powder turns off of the High T, Wildcat, and . . . well, pretty much everywhere that was open.

75th First Chair

I looked back at the endless smiles, the non-existent lift lines and the supreme stoke that was enjoyed by everyone. I looked back at my conversation with Alta athlete, Todd Ligare, who said, “This has been the perfect Opening Day. The coverage and quality of snow was amazing, there were no lines and we are skiing powder!” And I looked back at how, even after 75 years, everyone was still excited about one thing – skiing.

It’s not every day a ski resort gets to celebrate 75 years of operation. In fact, we’re happy to be only the 2nd resort in the west to do so. That being said, we’d like to say thank you to all you skiers out there who have helped make Alta what it is for the past 75 years, and what it will continue to be for the next 75.

To help capture the moment and share the goodness that was Opening Day, we got the boys from the Dubsatch Collective and GoPro Bomb Squad to come out and show us what Opening Day looked like to them. One group relied on GoPros, while the other relied on a knowledge of the hill that can only come from being raised on the slopes of Alta. Both killed it. There was no script and no plan in place, just a couple groups of local boys rippin’ around the mountain they call home. Here’s a look at what they put together. Enjoy!

Alta Opening Day from Dubsatch Collective on Vimeo.

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