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So far Brittany Patraw has created 28 blog entries.

Oktoberfest is Back!

After the only closing in its history, Oktoberfest has returned to the Wasatch in a big way. Utah’s oldest and greatest festival celebrating all things German, and of course beer, is up and running every Saturday and Sunday through October 17th. Labor Day weekend is Grand Oktoberfest weekend with the main beer hall tent featuring entertainment from the Polkatones (your correspondent’s favorite, if for no other reason than they have a killer name) and Europa. Both bands were providing fantastic Munich like atmosphere for the crowds looking to get out of the sun for a pint, pretzel and brat. Daily [...]

2021-09-29T16:33:32+00:00Local Flavor|

The Best Mountain Biking in Utah at Alta-Snowbird

The quaint mountain towns of Alta and Snowbird are world-renowned as skiing destinations. The deep powder snow, rugged terrain, and sweeping mountain views are a skiing and winter recreation paradise. Because of this, the summer recreation opportunities in Alta-Snowbird are often overlooked. In the summer months, the snow melts away, revealing some of the best mountain biking in Utah. Bike through the Albion Basin in Alta or peddle the cross country trails at Snowbird. After a day on the trails, return to your vacation home with Canyon Services. We provide rentals close to mountain biking trails throughout the Alta-Snowbird area. [...]


Alta’s Changes for the 21-22 Ski Season

Canyon Blog spends a lot of time in Little Cottonwood for many obvious reasons. So it was with some interest during one of his regular hikes up Collins Gulch toward Sugarloaf or Baldy summit that he observed the curious process by which Alta Ski Lifts was moving dirt upslope on Corkscrew. Basically, three trackhoes working in sequence were passing buckets from one to the next, redistributing the material across Nina’s Curve and Schuss Gully. Thinking quickly (two weeks later) your loyal correspondent cornered general Manager Mike Maughan for an authoritative word on what’s happening. “The turn on Corkscrew is a [...]


Celebrate Oktoberfest in Snowbird, Utah

Over two centuries ago, a wedding in Munich, Germany, hosted the first Oktoberfest celebration. Days of drinking, feasting, and horse racing commenced this tradition we all know and love 200 years later. But, you don’t need to travel to Germany to celebrate beer; Oktoberfest events occur all over the world. One of these annual festivals is located right here in Snowbird, Utah. The Snowbird Oktoberfest attracts visitors from all over looking for traditional German-style beer. This influx of visitors can make it difficult to book a room in time. Luckily, at Canyon Services we offer dozens of vacation rentals away [...]

2021-10-06T21:07:23+00:00Local Flavor|

Summer’s Back and Big at the Bird

It’s a new world in Little Cottonwood and Snowbird has thrown open the gates for a return to everyone’s favorite canyon. The rides are running and activities free to capture the attention (and expend the energy) of the little ones from panning for gemstones to the ropes course. For the tiniest climbers there’s the very popular mini ropes course or spider mountain and the inflatable multi story slide. As you can see in the family ropes photo, sometimes even having big brother go first isn’t enough to get a sibling off the starting perch on the regular course. Never fear [...]

2021-09-29T16:47:05+00:00Local Flavor|

Fun Summer Activities for Kids in Alta-Snowbird

Alta-Snowbird, Utah, is known for its exceptional skiing. However, summer activities near Alta-Snowbird can be just as fun. In the summer months, the Snowbird Resort transforms its winter activities into the best Snowbird things to do. Embark on a day of family fun with exciting rides at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Or opt for a relaxing walk through nature at Little Cottonwood Canyon. There is a multitude of things to do in Snowbird this summer. Luckily, our vacation rentals at Canyon Services are perfect for families looking to visit the area. The rentals provide spacious rooms and fully equipped [...]


The Power of Awareness

It’s time again for your faithful correspondent Canyon Blog to reveal his secret identity as New York Times bestselling author Dan Schilling. My new book is in stores now and I hope you’ll take a look. The Power of Awareness is a guide on how to avoid becoming the victim of crime as you travel across town or the globe. So read on and enjoy! A spy is suddenly aware she’s being stalked through the streets of an exotic city. A special ops soldier intuitively recognizes something’s “off” during a high-risk mission. In these life-threatening situations experts know exactly how [...]


Plan Your Mountain Wedding in Utah

Planning a wedding is a momentous moment for many people. You are choosing the venue, the food, and even the color of the napkins. Utah mountain weddings have become a popular way to tie the knot. The backdrop of breathtaking mountain views is sure to make your wedding day special. At Canyon Services, we offer lodging in the Snowbird and Alta areas of Utah. Whether your style is to enjoy a luxurious mountain home or a cozy condominium nestled against the mountain, we have it all. Start planning your mountain wedding today and stay at one of our vacation rentals! [...]

Utah Summer Vacations in Alta-Snowbird

One of the most common misconceptions about ski areas is that there is nothing to do when the snow melts. While that may be true for some locations, the same isn’t for Alta-Snowbird during the Utah summer. What’s more, because of our crisp mountain atmosphere, you won’t find yourself drenched in sweat after a short hike. Now, if you’re planning to enjoy the Utah summer in Alta-Snowbird, you’re going to need a place to stay that has all the amenities to make your getaway a seamless experience. Thankfully, Canyon Services offers a delightful assortment of vacation rentals that come with [...]


Peruvian Tunnel Museum Part II

It was a glorious, though too warm, spring morning today as the sun crested the Mount Sugarloaf shoulder and shone brightly down on the small crowd holding a memorial service for Snowbird’s own Chip Loring who passed away in 2020. Chip was a long-time instructor with the Mountain School and fervent collector of relics from within the canyon walls of Little Cottonwood. He’ll be missed by many. Inside the tunnel work continues as those of us who find rust and iron an interesting part of history remove items that previously cluttered the tunnel and relocate those that remain to form [...]

2021-09-29T16:48:38+00:00Local Flavor|