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Slammed!

Well, it’s happened. So much snow we had to shut the canyon and both Snowbird and Alta for two days. Snowbird has recorded a whopping 409” so far with Alta right behind (It’s still a mystery to your correspondent how the down canyon resort ends up with greater snowfall, but no matter) and skiable bases of over 12 feet. Forty-eight hours of snowfall delivered 34 inches of white. For the past two days those of us in the canyon haven’t moved, and that’s a literal interpretation. Safety officials, in conjunction with both resorts, maintained a strict interlodge for Thursday and [...]

2020-02-12T17:49:09+00:00Local Flavor|

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|

Augtoberfest

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|

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|

Bullwinkle Gets the Girl

Spring may be when a young man’s fancy turns to love, but up here at tree line if you’re a moose it’s fall. Canyon Blog managed to capture local bachelor and amorous ungulate Bullwinkle in action with the help of remote equipment and local photographer Zach Spilinek last week. As we headed up Albion Basin to film a speedwing flight (subject for a future blog) Bullwinkle came ambling up slope. This is not necessarily a good thing as rut sends bulls into a particularly unstable state of mind, making prediction of what happens next anything but a sure bet. It [...]

2019-10-14T16:10:24+00:00Local Flavor|

An afternoon with Wasatch Adaptive Sports

If you’ve called the Reservations Team of Canyon Services within the last few years, there’s a good chance that you’ve spoken with Meagan.  What most folks don’t know, however, is that while she grew up in Salt Lake, hiking and skiing our beautiful mountains, she hasn’t been able to go out and enjoy these active pursuits for a few years, due to a chronic, invisible illness which drastically changed Meagan’s life a few years back.  After Canyon Services’ blog featured Wasatch Adaptive Sports last August and again in February, Meagan decided to give them a call for herself and see if they could [...]

2019-10-12T01:55:00+00:00Local Flavor|

Friends in High Places (sort of)

One of the things about being a writer is the hours. By that you can infer they’re terrible. At any time, inspiration may come to you and you’ll find yourself up at 2 AM or conversely, dragging yourself through a slow afternoon. The upside is, when it’s time for a fall hike or to ski some lines, one can slam the laptop closed and walk out the door. If you’re in Alta, opening that door delivers you to the mountains. It’s unavoidable really. This afternoon your correspondent set out to climb the south ridge of Mount Superior and gain some distance from [...]

2019-10-12T01:20:06+00:00Local Flavor|

Get involved with Wasatch Adaptive Sports!

Abbie from the Wasatch Adaptive Sports team here, reporting for duty as a guest blogger for our friends at Canyon Services! As a nonprofit organization based at Snowbird and a member of the vibrant and incredibly supportive Little Cottonwood Canyon community, I’m excited to share more about WAS including what we do, who we serve, and how you can get involved. Founded in 1977 (happy 40th birthday to us!), WAS is guided by our mission to encourage individuals with adaptive needs and their families to realize their potential and engage in active living through recreational, educational, and social programs.  We [...]

2019-09-20T21:46:58+00:00Local Flavor|

Surprises in the Dark

Nocturnal wanderings are the stuff of Thoreau and special operations. The senses come alive. Smell is more acute. Some plants are known to be more fragrant in the early morning, attracting the early bird as it were. And sound, of course, also comes to you in a primal manner. Slipping through the undergrowth in the dark is an enjoyable way to pass some hours. It feeds the heightened senses. It’s inescapable.  Shapes take on a life and one has to be careful not to ascribe ancestral fears to the apparitions and figures your eyes and imagination latch onto. A human in [...]

2019-09-20T21:43:22+00:00Local Flavor|