You’d think that headline was a holdover from Christmas but it isn’t. Right now is still early season but with great snow and no midweek crowds. Yesterday’s fresh 12 inches and today’s additional foot plus of powder are just the beginning. Tonight and tomorrow promise another foot of fallen.

So here’s the question: Do you really need to keep that dentist appointment next week? Regarding work and that “all important” meeting that’s anchoring your entire week, why not conference call in with your inputs? Do it from Alf’s restaurant or the summit at Snowbird. They’ll never know. Better yet, do it from the top of Supreme, the cell reception is fine. Trust your blogger, he’d never lead you astray with promises of powder and surely you’ll be more inspired to keep it short.

About that parent teacher conference, drop the principal a note and let them know the kids are taking an extended research trip on what’s important in life: family, healthy fun and skiing. If you’re really pressed for educational rationalizations, there’s always the Alta Historical Society. They held a fireside chat last night on the history of Little Cottonwood. Surely that justifies a few days out of the staid and stuffy classroom for such well-deserving children.

This month’s photos feature the crowds during midweek in January. Riding up the Baldy Express your correspondent had the chair to himself. By chair he means no one else was on the lift in front or behind the entire ride up. Hard to believe? Take a look. Conditions in Alta were slightly more congested with empty chairs only half the time. Still, as the final shot from Catherine’s shows, 2PM is not too late for first tracks. Ah, the price of midweek skiing…