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A Storm Cycle in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Early season skiing at its finest.

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First chair on the Wildcat lift was the perfect introduction to Alta, offering top-to-bottom over-the-shoulder turns on a pow morning. (Photo: Jim…

First chair on the Wildcat lift was the perfect introduction to Alta, offering top-to-bottom over-the-shoulder turns on a pow morning. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Alta’s Kalen Thorien is all smiles. Thorien knows all of the nooks and crannies at her home mountain and is super stoked on skiing: two attributes…

Alta’s Kalen Thorien is all smiles. Thorien knows all of the nooks and crannies at her home mountain and is super stoked on skiing: two attributes that make her an awesome tour guide. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Untouched terrain in Wildcat Bowl was the reward Aspen’s Patrick Doyle earned after driving across the Utah desert in search of snow in Little…

Untouched terrain in Wildcat Bowl was the reward Aspen’s Patrick Doyle earned after driving across the Utah desert in search of snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Discrete Headwear’s research and design strategy is dependent on “the greatest snow on earth.” Discrete’s founder and pro-skier Julian Carr relishes…

Discrete Headwear’s research and design strategy is dependent on “the greatest snow on earth.” Discrete’s founder and pro-skier Julian Carr relishes the opportunity to product test the “Droz” at Alta in blower conditions. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Sierra Quitiquit finding time amidst a busy schedule to freeski in the Spiney Chutes Area off of Alta’s Supreme chairlift. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Sierra Quitiquit finding time amidst a busy schedule to freeski in the Spiney Chutes Area off of Alta’s Supreme chairlift. (Photo: Jim Harris)

The jump lines under the Wildcat chair offer tons of natural and man-made features to tee up. You get to watch locals boosting, groms stomping out…

The jump lines under the Wildcat chair offer tons of natural and man-made features to tee up. You get to watch locals boosting, groms stomping out take-offs, and pros spinning off-axis on powder days from the chair. Here, Marmot-skier Greg Ernst blasts over a rock band. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Snowbird’s mini-golf zones are easy to access and had Colorado-based skier JR Flynn freaking out on his first trip to Utah. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Snowbird’s mini-golf zones are easy to access and had Colorado-based skier JR Flynn freaking out on his first trip to Utah. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Mike Duffy finds a soft landing at Snowbird two days after a storm. With so much terrain between Alta and “the Bird” it’s easy to find fresh snow on…

Mike Duffy finds a soft landing at Snowbird two days after a storm. With so much terrain between Alta and “the Bird” it’s easy to find fresh snow on bluebird days in Little Cottonwood. (Photo: Jim Harris)

Researching a story normally means lots of interviews and fact checking, but here freelance writer Greg Fitzsimmons gets to check the facts…

Researching a story normally means lots of interviews and fact checking, but here freelance writer Greg Fitzsimmons gets to check the facts first-hand. (Photo: Jim Harris)

The new Little Cloud chairlift means you can bang out hot laps in Baldy’s Bowl at Snowbird way more efficiently than before, and Greg Ernst airs…

The new Little Cloud chairlift means you can bang out hot laps in Baldy’s Bowl at Snowbird way more efficiently than before, and Greg Ernst airs towards the lift line for another lap. (Photo: Jim Harris)

The bar at the Peruvian Lodge is the spot to après in Little Cottonwood. Some of the best skiers in the world—stars in ski films and underground…

The bar at the Peruvian Lodge is the spot to après in Little Cottonwood. Some of the best skiers in the world—stars in ski films and underground local rippers—can be found pouring drinks behind the bar, saddled up for a beer, and kicking back by the fire. (Photo: Jim Harris)