The holidays have ended, and with them the crowds that converged in Little Cottonwood. Venturing out after self-imposed exile, because he’s writing another book, Canyon Blog emerged into the sunlight on January 3rd to check conditions at Snowbird. He’s happy to report (and share photos) that there were zero lift lines to be found anywhere in the resort. Even the tram had no waiting for those interested in walking onto the first appearing car.

Do note that Snowbird still requires double layer face coverings to ride the tram and also anywhere indoors or dining. However, on the chairs you can still feel the breeze on your face. The resort is also putting people together on chairs in order to move us all up slope. And as you can see at Mid Gad dining there’s plenty of space to spread out.

Mineral basin has yet to open due to the extreme avalanche potential the mountain is experiencing but as is clear in these professional grade photos the cats are grooming and the wheels on the chairlifts turning. What’s certain, in addition to the 15 inches of snow inbound beginning tomorrow night, is that it will be available by the time you hop on a plane, get checked in to one of our world class properties and plant those boards on the snow.

The key to getting this right, it must be emphasized, is to get here before the next holiday weekend.

In other news, your correspondent and Keith Hansen of District 3 Water and Snowbird ski patrol fame are again in the Peruvian tunnel making improvements in our ongoing efforts to turn the tunnel’s museum into something truly worthy of a visit any time of year. So watch this space for an update in the near future.

And remember, with Mineral opening you’ll be able to ski both resorts without having to hop in a vehicle. Till then, Canyon blog intends to be slope side daily because he doesn’t do lift lines or crappy snow. But then, weekday skiing in Little Cottonwood never produces either if you can stay up canyon. So act before midnight tonight cause the snow’s gonna be here by the time you are… Tschüss!