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Last spring, Salt Lake City-based photographer Adam Barker and pro-skier Julian Carr conducted a careful study of the ski geology in Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon. “There are these really cool, big rock shelves at the top of the peaks,” Barker says. “In this photo, I’m standing on a shelf and Julian is skiing another below me—a super-exposed line that dropped off 30 feet. I waited for the clouds to creep across the sun and for the blanket of light to come across the shelf, then I told Julian to go.”