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A Mountain of Work: The Legend of Montgomery Atwater

A Mountain of Work: The Legend of Montgomery Atwater

Snow and avalanches are an enduring part of the mountain environment that affects the livelihood of many operations throughout the world.  In the western hemisphere, the scientific study and monitoring of these little understood phenomena began in the small town of Alta, Utah.  Situated nine miles up a glacially carved canyon in the heart of the Wasatch […]

Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

“This is the nicest yurt I have ever seen.” It’s Saturday afternoon in the La Sal Mountains and I am taking off my ski boots at the door of the Geyser Pass Yurt to avoid tracking mud onto the gorgeous wood floor. My friends enter behind me with similar exclamations about our lodgings. The bunks […]

Coalpit Headwall, 1975

Coalpit Headwall, 1975

It was hard NOT to notice it. Every time we would look to the west, out of the window in the patrol shack on Hidden Peak, it was there, arguably one of the most impressive features in Little Cottonwood Canyon, the Coalpit Headwall.   We didn’t know if it had ever been skied, or even […]

Ski Touring-off the Beaten (skin) track

Ski Touring-off the Beaten (skin) track

Why climb for hours on skins from Alta or Spruces CG only to find your planned run has already been skied? Have you had enough of sharing SLC’s “Urban” backcountry with the masses?  Why not drive an hour north, south or west and not cross a track all day? Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons do […]