Eagles Nest was formed by a small pocket of snow and ice that accumulated and carved out the beginnings of a cirque.  The cirque was not very long lived however and didn’t develop many of the definitive characteristics.  The underlying rocks are limestones, so there are lots of cliffs and the terrain is steep.  Once out of the narrow exit of the nest you ski the lower part of the Little Cottonwood Canyon U-shaped valley which becomes progressively gentler.  The steep north-facing slope angle insures outstanding snow quality throughout most of the season.

Eagles Nest.

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