This past week up at Alta, a dusting of snow has fallen. Hopefully a portent.
I caught this snowflake last February up at Solitude. While it’s true, that no two snowflakes are exactly alike, there are well-defined types. The kind you see here, is a “stellar dendrite”, and only forms in very particular conditions, and make the best skiing. They are so dry, you can hardly make a snowball with them.
You could dig through the billions, maybe trillions of snowflakes that fall in Vermont or New York, and you will not find a one that looks like this. They do, however, abound in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons. The Utah license plate says “Greatest Snow On Earth”.
They ain’t lying.