Light, Deep and 1938
A. Where does the sky end and the snow begin? One day at Alta and I stopped to swish my glove around in the snow. I swear I could hear each individual flake moving around, there was so much air in that snow. I've never seen a snow quality ranking that didn't have Alta at the top. Does Alta have the Greatest Snow on Earth? Professor Powder thinks so.
B. These dots hide the last 40 years of Alta's season totals. Starting with the 1980-'81 season on the far left column and ending with the 2019-'20 season on the far right. If you squint your eyes, the chart becomes more obvious.
C. Each large white snow dot represents 50". For example between B and C there are ten large dots representing the 508" received during the 1999-'00 season. The off-the-chart winter of 1981-'82 with a total of 748" is the second column from the left and nearly goes off my chart as well.
D. The large V shape of the snow/skyline dramatizes the depth the skier is sinking into the deep snow. It is also meant to symbolize the deep V shape of Little Cottonwood Canyon which funnels storms to this blessed micro-climate.
G. I formed the letters out of bamboo ski poles which were commonly used at the time as a nod to Alta's 1938 beginning. The letter's simple red lines are also intended to echo the red lift chairs preserved on the Alta welcome sign.