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Woo Hoo!

Your loyal blogger made his first formal assessment of the season’s potential by investigating Alta on the morning of December 2nd. First the vital statistics. No crowds. Plenty of groomers. Supreme isn’t open yet and many of the steeper routes like High Rustler and Ballroom are closed. Many other slopes are still on the receiving end Alta Ski Patrol bombs. Nothing says winter quite like a hand tossed explosion at 25,000 feet per second. Except perhaps the Howitzers… Canyon Services is open for business and our luxurious homes in the Village of Sugarplum as well as other condos are [...]


An Interview with Snowbird General Manager Dave Fields

Canyon Blog: Congratulations on the ascension to Snowbird’s loftiest position. When did that happen? Dave Fields: Thank you. It’s been two years now. CB: I’m not exactly Mister Current Affairs. Tell us a little about yourself. DF: Well, I’m married with two teens and grew up in the canyon, living in the Rustler Lodge actually. My dad worked in Alta for 30 years. I studied journalism at the U and initially worked in Park City. Then I got hired by Snowbird in 2000 as assistant public relations director. CB: Did you know you wanted to stay here or aspire to [...]

2019-12-02T20:33:50+00:00Local Flavor|


It’s that time of year here in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Snowbird’s tribute to beer and all things German has begun in earnest now that Oktoberfest is in full swing. Every weekend from noon to 6 PM through October 20th you can unpack your lederhosen and dirndl and pull last year’s steins off the shelf. With a quick dusting and a wash, you’re ready. Snowbird’s fest differs from the original in Munich which extends only two and a half weeks from late September through the first October weekend, whereas ours covers ten full weekends of Deutsch tradition fused with Utah mountains. As [...]

2019-10-14T19:27:19+00:00Local Flavor|

Mountain Orchids

Recently your correspondent spent a rainy day hiking Peruvian Gulch and Cirque Ridge, mostly trying to resolve a writing quandary but also because rain keeps fellow hikers to a minimum and allows you to enjoy popular trails. There’s also something about rainy hikes that draws your attention to subjects that don’t normally capture your attention and a few minutes into the hike the consternation was forgotten. It was in this particular frame of mind that Canyon Blog repeatedly crossed paths with his favorite alpine flower of all, the Colorado Columbine. The rain, light and contrast against a dewy backdrop made [...]

2019-10-14T17:56:33+00:00Local Flavor|

New York Times Bestseller – Alone at Dawn

**UPDATE** Alone at Dawn is now a New York Times Bestseller It’s not widely known that your loyal Canyon Blog blogger has an actual (or perhaps secret) identity as Dan Schilling, author.  Improbable but true. My forthcoming book, Alone at Dawn tells the story of the first US Air Force Medal of Honor recipient in nearly half a century and is available through your favorite book seller June 25th. John Chapman was killed in Afghanistan in 2002 saving the lives of 23 comrades but launched a legacy that reaches across the country until this day through his heroism and as a member [...]


60 Feet and Father’s Day

Canyon blog was skinning upslope below Baldy on a pleasant morning enjoying the remnants of our 700+ inch year when father and son ski team Greg and Luke Steele slid past having just come out of the main Baldy chute and dropping onto the apron. Both parties stopped to exchange hellos. You don’t see an abundance of kids doing AT skiing and chutes with dad, so your correspondent reached into his investigative journalist tool bag to interrogate the teen. Canyon Blog: “Is this your only sport?” Luke (age 14): “No. I like road biking.” CB: “That’s not a real sport, [...]


The Gift That Keeps on Giving… 2019 Storm Cycle

The 2019 season just won’t quit, and on the advice of your correspondent, neither should you. Another week, another monster storm, 42 inches. On top of that, the temps were down so it’s been nonstop pow. Canyon Blog lapped this little gem three times after it opened before any other tracks appeared. Don’t be jealous, be mobile. Book a flight and a Canyon Services property and get out here. More snow’s on the way. Alta is open two more weeks through April 28th. And Snowbird plans to keep the tram open till May 12th. The alternative is to leave all [...]


22 Hours; 22 Inches

It’s that time of year. And it’s one of those seasons. Yesterday was arguably one of the best powder days of 2019. As usual, Canyon Blog was in the snow to report the action for you, the loyal Canyon Services lodger. To say the snow was spectacular would be an understatement. Two feet of sugary goodness in one day was complimented by the mere handful of people in line at Alta. Your correspondent hoped to cover Snowbird as well, in the interests of full coverage, but the gates between the resorts were closed. Too much powder. Alternatively, he planned to capture [...]


Lift Lines of Little Cottonwood

Your correspondent, ever alert on behalf of his loyal readers, ventured forth today to determine the impact of spring break on lift lines. Given that we’re in mid-break for colleges around the country Canyon Blog tempered his expectations with the internal voice of reason. Only to discover, lo, there weren’t any. Lift lines or reason for that matter. So, here for your planning pleasure and travel temperament are the chairlift conditions encountered beginning at 1200 on March 19th via photo montage. Favorite of the day for your writer? Had to be rapid fire laps on Alta’s Supreme, though Little Cloud [...]


The Epicurean Alchemists of Alta

This month your blogger had the wonderful opportunity to experience dining at its finest at Little Cottonwood’s only stand-alone restaurant, The Shallow Shaft. And what a restaurant it is, as both an institution unto itself and constant pursuer of culinary perfection. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Originally a ski repair shop, it has served up dishes in its current incarnation for 51 years and gets its name from the miner’s phrase for grabbing beer and grub and repairing for the evening in what they termed taking a “shallow shaft.” Now it’s a premier dining experience destination. You wouldn’t think a [...]

2019-10-14T16:48:38+00:00Local Flavor|