We needed to see it for ourselves. Coming from the state that claims “The Greatest Snow on Earth”, were these legends of Japanese powder that never stops falling really true? Was the snow more divine than our “Alta Magic”?
The Y couloir in Utah is an absolute classic. It's one that weed out the faint hearted and push the strong to the point of throwing up. With booting up 3,400 feet from the Little Cottonwood Canyon road to nearly 10,000 feet, the Y presents beautiful, unique views and incredibly lefts followed by rights... endless lefts followed by endless rights.
If you've ever driven i80 west from Salt Lake to California, you're sure to have passed a band of mountains in the middle, drawing your attention dangerously away from the road to daydreaming of fantasy lines with surreal lookouts. I've gotten lost in this daze plenty a times, but it wasn't until this spring that the perfect opportunity arose to ski it.