First, about the photo above: That’s me standing atop Mount Baldy’s Main Chute in Utah on March 28, 2010. The chute drops into Alta Ski Area at a pitch approaching 40 degrees from a spot just north of Mount Baldy’s summit. Mount Baldy serves as the boundary between Alta and Snowbird, and it’s accessible via a short hike from either ski area. Main Chute’s also featured in The Chuting Gallery, Andrew McLean’s guide to steep skiing in the Wasatch Mountains.

My friend Steve was the photographer. My favorite thing about the photo is that it captures so much in one shot. It has the chute’s steep headwall in the foreground, the entirety of both Little Cottonwood Canyon and the Cottonwood Ridge beyond, and the Salt Lake Valley, the Oquirrh Mountains, and Deseret Peak in the distance.

About Me

My name is Mike Sandy. I’m originally from New York state, but I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2005 to ski at Snowbird while pursuing a graduate degree in finance. I completed my degree, despite Snowbird’s best efforts at distracting me from my studies, and now I work in bank asset/liability management.

Outside of work, I pursue a wide range of interests, including skiing, hiking, travel, baseball, and photography. Those interests are the focus of this website’s content. The main purpose of this website is to share the things I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve found most rewarding. I hope my perspective provides some inspiration for your own pursuits.

If you have any questions, or if you want to discuss anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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