Short video Des took of me, from the Alta parking lot if I remember correctly… skiing the ridge (backcountry) that faces West at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Circa 2008 or so?
There’s something really special about hiking (touring) up a rugged mountain line, especially doing it alone. Yea yea, I know touring alone is dangerous and yada yada… but the special thing is where your mind goes, alone and in that setting.
There’s also something very, very memorable for this New York boy, ripping top-to-bottom first track fresh… Skiing in-bounds was never quite as sweet after this. And with this run, came the realization I could ski all sorts of unique places around the Wasatch! (Laziness and a strong self-preservation instinct shut down most of the lines I eyed over the years in Utah)