Fans of all things auf Deutsch unite

Oktoberfest is in full swing in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Snowbird has raised the bar from years past and the results are superb. The celebration of German food, alpine music, and above all, beer, is enjoyed by more people this year than at any time in its history.

Your blogger’s first festive encounter were Dave and Michelle of Cottonwood Heights. Decked out in traditional lederhosen and dirndl and armed with full steins they cut a fashionable scene. When asked about their attire Dave replied, “We really enjoy the atmosphere every year and the outfits are just a great way to get into the spirit.” Well said. And effective, given the photographic attention they garnered.

locals Dave and Michelle in Okotberfest clothing.

Alpenhorns at Hidden Peak

New this year are the expanded offerings at the top of the tram. In addition to food inside there’s a beer garden at the summit. Best of all is traditional Alpine music enhanced by the stunning backdrop of the surrounding peaks. Salzburger Echo (based in exotic Sandy), driven by Tony Brazelton, and accompanied by son Robert and Jane Woolley sent echoes of their Alphorns across the canyon. Their first performance stopped the peak’s crowd of 150 in its tracks. A particularly sonorous rendition of Amazing Grace performed on the summit itself could be heard in Peruvian Gulch. You can check them out at www.salzburgerecho.com

Salzburg Echo, an alpenhorn trio.

Alternating with the horns were accordion player Yvonne Mueller and master yodeler and accordionist Kerry Christensen. Kerry had young and old doing the chicken dance on the patio and clapping in time to the festive sounds. The musicians perform on the summit rain or shine 2-5 PM every day of the festival.

Guests watching Kerry Christensen yodel and play the accordion.

Oktoberfest runs Saturday and Sunday through Oct 9th. But plan ahead, the festival’s popularity puts parking at a premium. Carpooling is recommended as there’s a $7 fee per vehicle in Snowbird entrance lots. Parking on highway 210 is free, but the traffic is heavy so watch das kinder.