Mount Superior, Through the Lens

Photographer Adam Clark on shooting Little Cottonwood's iconic mountain

You’ll have a hard time driving to the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon without noticing Mount Superior. In the middle of the Wasatch, it looks like a stranger from Alaska—its 11,000-foot massif rising straight up from the road, the massive snowfields and Superior’s knife-edge ridges and south-facing slopes dominating the range. For Adam Clark, Superior captured his imagination long before he became the globetrotting ski photographer he is today. Now a senior photographer for POWDER who spends most of his winter on the road, capturing light in ranges near and far, when he is home, Clark still makes time to strap on his skins before dawn and climb Superior.

“Whenever I come home from traveling, I’m always looking to see if Superior is in good shape with snow stability and snow quality,” says Clark. “And if it’s all good, it’s usually one of the first things I want to do when I go home. It’s really fun and really beautiful and hopefully, I will never get tired of skiing and shooting it.”

Above, Clark talks about his time climbing and skiing Superior, the different aspects he likes to shoot on the mountain, and one morning when he climbed Superior with Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and the sun broke through a snow storm and everything was just perfect.

Photos by Adam Clark. Music by Broke For Free. Skiers are Ingrid Backstrom, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Caroline Gleich, Jason Prigge, and Cody Townsend.

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