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The Hour of Power

The Hour of Power

| December 26th, 2016 | By Taylor Strand

Do you work a typical 9-5 job and find it hard to make it out skiing during the week? Are you a high school or college student and slammed with classes all of Fall and Spring semester? There are so many different aspects of life that may hinder your ability to take advantage of skiing during the week and even on the weekends. Whether it’s that job, class, family, or some other responsibility I have found the importance of sneaking away for a little self-reflection time. For me, it happens during what some of the locals refer to as “The Hour of Power.”

If you can muster up the courage to ask your boss to let you sneak out of work by 3, or can somehow work your classes into the late afternoon or early morning, do it. I’ve often thought that leaving my house or work any time after 3pm doesn’t leave enough time to take full advantage of the ski day, and in some ways that is correct. A few years back a couple wise, long-standing Alta skiers taught me a thing or two about how I was looking at the situation, and now this is how things go.


When you arrive at 3:30pm there is still a full hour left in the day because the Collins chair closes at 4:30. Now, there are so many situations that you may find yourself searching for during that magical hour but I wanted to share with you a few that I typically enjoy.


Scenario 1 – It’s Been Dumping All Day

Chances are you will still find some secret stashes of untouched snow and if it is hammering snow in a true LCC fashion there should typically be free refills everywhere. Typically, at this point in the day most have either gone home, are inside warming up with some cocoa, or in the bar enjoying a frothy libation.


Scenario 2 – It’s Groomer and Corn Season

If it's late season or hasn’t been snowing, this is still a great time to take advantage of the last hour of the day. Get out and crush some wide-open groomer laps; ski fast but in control, and always observe slow skiing signs! If groomers aren’t your thing, sneak out to the High Traverse. Chances are you will be pleasantly surprised with some wind buff creamy snow.


Scenario 3 – Lift Access Advantage

It is often difficult to make it through that 5 a.m. alarm, and I of all people understand that. I’m here to tell you it’s ok!  Instead, get up during the last hour of the day and get an early jump on a side country mission with some friends. Hang out and enjoy the ambiance of the sun setting down canyon. If you haven’t experienced this I highly recommend it. Even if you aren’t feeling aggressive on the tour, take a sleeping pad, a thermos and just hang.


Scenario 4 – Get Out with The Kids

Chances are your kids are out of school early enough to take advantage of the Hour of Power. During the holidays, there is plenty of time for winter break as well. If you are not a season pass holder Alta offers a late day lift ticket for only $43.00 that allows you to ski anywhere on the mountain from 2:30-4:30pm If you are more of a beginner, then there is nothing better than being able to hang out in the Albion Basin and ski the Sunnyside lift for only $10 starting at 3pm! If you feel as if you may end up being a frequent visitor there is also a season long Sunnyside at 3pm card for only $35 at the ticket window. Even if the skiing isn’t great it’s worth the money to get some fresh air or enjoy a Suzie’s from Alta Java.


These are just a few of the things I have come to enjoy about the Hour of Power and I know there are so many more. Find the time to sneak up and experience one of these things or venture out and discover something new, but more importantly, make The Hour of Power yours.


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You’ll never find what you are looking for if you aren’t out there searching.



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