Santa really took care of Alta skiers this year! We experienced an unbelievable blizzard on Christmas Eve, and with the sparse crowds it was "free refills" all afternoon - with each lap down Eagle's Nest, Lone Pine, and Westward Ho the snow would fill in, giving skeirs fresh tracks each run. At the peak of the storm it was coming down at 4" an hour!
The icing on the cake was this morning as Christmas day dawned bluebird clear. It was an amazing day with plenty of untracked powder for all. Baldy Shoulder and the Backside both opened for the first time in several days and both were bottomless.
What's up next? Another storm is scheduled to come in the 26-27th - looks like it will be a very happy New Year in Alta!
Conditions keep getting better! It's been snowing for the last five days and as of today we're at 40" storm total, though this video was filmed on Sunday after "only" 24". The High Traverse is back in business - no more walking across rocks for us - and the Backside has been phenomenal. Ballroom and the Shoulder opened today after being closed the last few days and were lovely. We even had a mid-storm break yesterday and got to ski some primo windbuff on West Rustler. If you've never skied "West Buffler," as we like to call it, you're in for a treat if it happens while you're visiting. When the wind hammers the exposed runs below the High Traverse, they get "groomed" perfectly smooth and creamy. It's really a delight to ski. Come on out and help us carve it up!
Andrew Pollard filmed this run down High Rustler on Sunday. Face shots are not in short supply!
Bob Auger first
organized the MBA Rustler ski trip 42 years ago in 1970 and our early Decembers
have never been the same. From the early days when California wine arrived by
the case to more recently when Utah’s selection had to suffice; from years of
above average – WAY above average – snowfall to the very few lean years; from
the top of High Rustler to the Rustler Bar; MBA as a group and Bob individually
have been a part of the Rustler family for four decades.
At the Rustler, seeing
Bob and all of MBA every year really made our winters – it was the big kickoff
that got us all excited about the ski season. MBA was kind enough to be our
annual “guinea pigs” – we used MBA to break in our new employees each year. MBA
brought an enthusiasm for skiing and life that was an inspiration to us all,
and Bob exemplified this.
Here are some
thoughts from MBAers:
“MBA is about skiing your ass off for 4 days
with friends. MBA is about hilarious camaraderie. MBA is about High Rustler at
4. MBA is about adventurous people. MBA is about living life to the fullest.
MBA is about the glass being half full (but not for long). And most important
MBA has always been about a laugh, a handshake, and arm on the shoulder from
Bob Auger at the bar. Like I told Tim, I'm sure that I have lived my life
differently because of MBA. The spirit of Bob Auger and MBA is one of the same,
and a small part of each of us. For that we can all be eternally grateful.” – Jay
“He was a man who was blessed and measured by
the amazing people he knew, influenced, worked, and recreated with. You have
all been a huge part of his life, and we thank you for your friendships” – Tim
When you think of Bob and other MBAers, “please
try and remember the good times we had with them. Maybe it was an incredible
tree run through Eagle’s Nest, or one of those Greeley Bowl runs that seems to
go on forever. Perhaps you stood at the top of High Rustler at the end of the day
and took in the incredible views of Little Cottonwood Canyon, or you laughed in
hysterics while one of them delivered an epic le3cture in the upstairs
conference room. Whatever the memory, cherish it and know that this time is
special.” – WCS in Memoriam
Here at the Rustler
he is greatly missed. The lodge will never be the same.
Tom, Tauni, Kate, Meg and all the Rustler
We had some great snow this past weekend - two feet of powder and boy was it fun! Plenty of face shots in High Rustler, Eagle's Nest, Lone Pine... it's hard to believe it's still early December. And with virtually no one on the slopes, there was plenty to go around. Check out Andrew Pollard's Alta conditions update: