This time of year the skiers at Alta start to emerge from their gore-tex layers and fat skis do dawn more festive apparel and straight skis. Closing day is creeping up and "frankly" it's hard to hide the excitement for closing weekend festivities.
There is no strict recipe for what we call "Alta Magic", but when you drop into Devil's Castle to find surprisingly soft turns, flurries happen out of nowhere, and the lighting goes bananas....well that will pretty much do it. Skier: Erika Klenk.
You have to feel a little bad for the ski lesson that has to try and pay attention with such an incredible view of Devil's Castle right behind them. Then again, they are skiing a beautiful bluebird day on a Monday...forget we said anything.
Here is a little lingo lesson. Into today's day in age, a common phrase for this scene from today would be "views for days". It was stunning today no matter where you were on the mountain. This view is from the Collins chair.