Little Cottonwood Canyon, home of Alta and Snowbird, is the motherland of American powder skiing. The upper reaches of this Wasatch box canyon regularly get 500 or so inches of the finest fluff in the country.
On any given day, half of Mad River's skiers can be found dressed in wool and weaving through the trees on core-shot tele skis. They'll be riding the nation's only diesel single chair, known simply as "The Single." Pasted on their car bumpers: the infamous red and white Ski It if You Can sticker. And if they act like they own the place, could be they do-it's a co-op.