by Kalen Thorien
The perfect storm…When you hear that in a forecast you can’t help but let your imagination run. You go to bed dreaming about skiing the best snow on earth, with bottomless powder and endless faceshots. Yup, Utah was setup to have a hell of a week. Negative ten Degree temperatures lingered in the mountains, allowing the storm to come in frigid—something forecasters haven’t seen in over five years in the Wasatch. They predicted two feet of dry, cold snow overnight, so naturally everyone was chomping at the bit. Sunday looked like the banger day, so I called up photographer Jim Harris and skier Ian Provo to join me for some deep turns at Alta Ski Area.
The storm arrived, lake-effect took action, and we woke up to what we were hoping would be two feet of fresh blower. We checked Alta’s snow report and were smacked in the face with only a mere five inches overnight. Five inches? How could this be? Apparently the stormtracked south of us dropping our two feet of snow one mountain range away. But we went up anyway, hoping to make something out of possibly nothing.
Yet, in true Alta fashion, that “five” inches felt a lot deeper, as it was easily over a foot in places. I think they report low to keep it all to themselves! So maybe it wasn’t two feet, but it made for a memorable first storm(s) of the season!