Moments: The Guns of L.C.C.

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Click to Enlarge. Photo: Lee Cohen

Gunners on Alta's 105mm recoilless rifle check the declination before they fire a shot in a snowstorm back in 2002. Needless to say, they're not going to see where it lands during a raging snowstorm in the dark, so they better be damn sure they know where it's going. What was supposed to be routine avalanche control to get Little Cottonwood Canyon Road open changed when a different gun malfunctioned and the intensity of the storm increased. There was no skiing in Little Cottonwood this day, save for the lucky few working on the mountain at the time.—Lee Cohen