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Steeped in Tradition: Farmer Dave’s 48 Years at Alta

Every ski mountain has that guy whose been skiing there as long as anyone can remember and is pretty dialed in his ways. At Alta, that's Dave Van Dame, otherwise known as "the Farmer." Dave's been skiing Alta for 48 years and knows exactly how he likes to do things. He's fashioned his life to be able to ski just about every day of the week and always takes the bus to Alta to reduce his impact while doing so. At 73 years old, Dave still skis open to close on powder days and still gets just as much joy from storm skiing as a kid on their first powder day. But Dave's true claim to fame isn't his efficiency or sustainability, but rather his unmatched ability to farm powder in the most beautiful wiggles. 

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