It's June 8th and just a little way down the road from Alta you can find the snow on the side of the road. Only at this time of year it's in a different state of matter. Our liquid snow is raging down the middle of Little Cottonwood Canyon. A reminder of just how much snow we got this season.
It can be a hard thing to watch the winter wonderland that is Alta begin to melt. However, new perspectives start to emerge from the changing landscape. This building, concealed all winter by snow, has recently poked its head out. The view of the town is changing. Suddenly the excitement of summer exploring hits as we start to realize there is much more beneath the snow that we haven't seen in months.
The ground squirrels are out and about, and the ski slope is now on shared time. Fun fact from the ladies in the ticket office, Uinta Ground Squirrels are also often referred to as "Potguts". We're not sure why, but it's fun to say.
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.