Special Times On The Mountain Top

Here’s another challenging picture from the Colorado Snowsports Museum. Something is going on, obviously, on this mountain. What’s happening? Who arranged it and for what purpose? When? Take your best guess down in the Comments box below.

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Alta, 1952. Credit: Ray Atkeson

This magnificent photo was taken in 1952 at the Alta ski area. It is part of the Alf Engen Ski Museum’s Ray Atkeson collection. Ray Atkeson (1907-1990) was a photographer best known for his landscape pictures of the American West. Many of Atkeson’s alpine photos were taken before chairlifts were even invented, which meant carrying heavy camera equipment through deep snow and mountain terrain.


Ray Atkeson, Alta. Credit: Alf Engen Ski Museum

Needless to say, Atkeson was an intrepid professional, committed to capturing the beauty and majesty of the world around him and sharing it with others. Best said by his wife Doris, Ray’s “greatest joy was sharing the beauty of these places with people who would never go there.”

For more on Atkeson, click here. Many thanks to the Alf Engen Ski Museum, Park City, UT., for contributing this photograph.



  1. Bruce boeder says:

    Rain dance during the great snow less winter of 1976-1977

  2. Well, you can see the platform so you know there is not enough snow. They spoke to tribal leaders and they said they would do a snow dance for the mountain so they could open for skiing!!! Lol

  3. Gary Leonared says:

    Praying for more snow?

  4. Craig Morris says:

    That picture of Ray sppears to be taken at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon. The background appears to be Illumination Rock and the Palmer snowfields.

  5. Eileen Fishkin says:

    It looks like a wedding to me!

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