The first good snowfall of the season came around Halloween. Alta is nice enough to support uphill travel throughout their resort early season before the lifts start running, at your own risk. About a foot or so blanketed the high elevations while it stayed mild and warm down in the Salt Lake valley. It felt extra exciting loading up my skis and touring equipment while it was 65 and sunny at my house, it was time to break out the gear and see what it was like up there. My friend Marcus and I decided to go for a walk to check things out. We started up the summer road at Alta, headed passed the Sugarloaf lift and up toward Cecret Lake. En route to the Sugarloaf lift base we found some snowmaking whalebacks and a classic manufactured photo opportunity!