The village of Alta, Utah, is perched more than 4,000 feet (1,300 metres) above Salt Lake City, at the high point of famed Little Cottonwood Canyon and two-lane Highway 210. This dead-end corner of the Wasatch Range has been an epicentre for skiing folklore since Alta Ski Area spun its first lift for 25 cents a ride in 1939. Boasting more than 500 inches annually of “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” the powder capital of North America merges powder dreams and big mountain lines. While finding the answer to the meaning of life is not guaranteed in between the canyon’s steep walls, finding good snow inherently is. The list below provides a head start on where to look for the latter — and perhaps you’ll find the former.