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New Stories from Utah’s Wasatch Moutains

Welcome to Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah’s world-famous mountain destination. Canyon Services has managed properties in this special place since 1985. Our Alta Snowbird Blog is dedicated to documenting the many amazing stories of Little Cottonwood Canyon. When planning your trip to Utah, be sure to see what’s happening at Alta Snowbird.

Surfin’ the Wave at Snowbird

One of the great things about spring skiing in Little Cottonwood is the light, smells, and space that pervades the senses. Because the temps are up, even though the snow is still flying, people find creative ways to enjoy the mountain. The typical example are the snakes that appear at Alta and Snowbird, usually in Ballroom and Shireen (just off the Road to Provo cat track). However, your correspondent’s favorite playground terrain is the ridge that separates Shireen from Mark Malu Fork where the exhibitionists of spring tend to gather to demonstrate their aerial skills and basically have a great [...]

What to Know About the Snowbird Closing Date and Spring Skiing

There’s still time to book your Utah ski vacation before the Snowbird closing date. While the closing date changes every year, the resort typically welcomes skiers through Memorial Day, boasting the longest ski season in Utah. Shred the slopes this spring and enjoy reduced ticket prices, fewer skiers at the resort, and beautiful weather. Book your spring ski vacation with Canyon Services and stay within five minutes of the slopes! Snowbird Closing Date Snowbird averages more than 500” of snowfall per year, and Little Cottonwood Canyon is one of the snowiest places in the world! This snowfall has gained Utah [...]

Wrestlemania Revisited

March 7th saw the return of the 6th annual Alta Women’s world championship arm wrestling competition. It was some time since your correspondent attended the event and there were a couple gaps with Covid, but this year’s competition saw the crowds and wrestlers return in force. Alta Community Enrichment, helmed by the ever energetic and capable Lil Sara, hosted the competition at Our Lady of the Snows as always. To ensure a compliant crowd Alta local chalet resident Coe (pronounced Co -E) prowled the ring armed with billy club and cuffs. Canyon Blog tracked down last year’s champion; Sandra D [...]

Refuel on the Slopes: Alta Restaurant Guide

As you ride the epic slopes of the Alta Ski Area, you are sure to work up an appetite. Luckily, several Alta restaurants are available right on the mountain, so you can easily refuel on the slopes. Whether you are looking for a hearty breakfast restaurant to start the day or a mid-day cup of coffee to keep you energized, there is something for everyone. Stay with Canyon Services and access the Alta Ski Area and eateries just minutes from your Alta vacation rental: Alta Ski Area Restaurants: On-Mountain Alf’s Restaurant Alf’s Restaurant is the perfect place to take a [...]

Secret Weapon Morning Buns

This month your correspondent has elected to share some confidential ski performance information guaranteed to exponentially improve your skiing or boarding regardless of your skill level or conditions on the mountain. Just what could accomplish improvement on such a scale without fail you wonder? The answer is contained in two simple life altering words: morning buns. And just what are these? Canyon Blog wasn’t exactly sure, other than that whenever they’re on offer at Baked and Brewed in Snowbird Plaza he doesn’t pass up the opportunity to secure one. So, in order to answer the question, he sought out Jessica [...]

Discover Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing in Northern Utah

The Salt Lake area is characterized by the Greatest Snow on Earth, offering endless ways to get outside and embrace the winter season. Take a break from the ski lifts and discover exceptional snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Utah. Slow down and experience the peace and tranquility of our Nordic ski trails. Stay with Canyon Services in the Alta Snowbird area! Cross-County Skiing Near Alta Snowbird The Utah Nordic Alliance, or TUNA, is the best resource to find cross-country ski trails in the Salt Lake City Area. Alta Ski Area Alta is one of the last ski-only resorts in the [...]


Your correspondent pens this piece in the aftermath of a top ten ski day here in Little Cottonwood. After a foot of fresh on top of seven more feet of fresh on top of a mountain with no people, January 17th proved to be one of those days where despite how hungry you are you don’t dare stop to eat. Late morning when our valiant ski patrol dropped the rope for Catherine’s it was time to start making laps. Ten laps as it turns out. This is where Canyon Blog would normally insert a few great photos to induce jealousy [...]

Reasons to Plan a Utah Winter Getaway to Alta & Snowbird

For some, escaping to warmer climates is the only way to survive winter. However, there are also people who anxiously await the first snowfall and all the fun it brings. If you fall into the second category, enjoy all this season has to offer by planning a Utah winter vacation to Alta and Snowbird. There are countless reasons to visit these charming ski towns, and the team at Canyon Services is more than happy to highlight a few of them. 1. Unbeatable Skiing Both Alta and Snowbird are home to world-class skiing. Snowbird has roughly 2,500 skiable acres and 140 [...]

Hidden Peak’s hidden purpose

Riding the tram at Snowbird and pouring out onto the summit with your skis in hand and powder turns in mind it’s easy to miss just what’s around us. When you next step through those new doors take a moment and look up before you clear the gates. There, between the tram wheels you’ll see a number of instruments and antennae on top on the west side. To help make sense of some of those items Canyon Blog tracked down Dr. Maria Garcia from the University of Utah’s Atmospherics Sciences Dept. Turns out that there’s some serious science goin’ on [...]

Your Guide to Utah Snowboarding at Snowbird

The Utah snowboarding season is almost here, and if you are looking to ride fresh powder this winter, look no further than Snowbird! Whether you are a seasoned snowboarder or are looking to try this winter sport for the first time, Canyon Services offers the perfect basecamp for your adventures. Enjoy easy access to exhilarating Snowbird runs from our condo rentals and ride The Greatest Snow on Earth! Utah Snowboarding at Snowbird Snowbird has 2,500 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet of mountain terrain. Snowbird is a paradise for intermediate and expert snowboarders, with over 140 trails with 8% beginner, [...]

An Interview with Miner Dick Fleue

Canyon Blog sat down with a Little Cottonwood Canyon icon this month to learn a bit about the canyon’s history. Many don’t understand that for the first century of its occupation by the largely European stock who entered Utah in the 19th century LCC was primarily a mining endeavor. Dick Fleue is the last surviving miner to have actively worked in some legendary workings in the canyon including the Flagstaff, Columbus Rexall, Columbus Consolidated, and Wasatch Drain Tunnel. For a time in the late 1950s and early 60s as a teenager and twenty something he explored many others including some [...]

Top Reasons to Visit Our Utah Ski Towns

Looking for the perfect Utah ski towns to visit this winter? Look no further than the ski towns of Alta and Snowbird, two of the state’s best ski resorts readily accessible from Salt Lake City. Enjoy deep snowpack, the state’s longest skiing season, and challenging runs at our ski resorts.  Choose Canyon Services to host your winter getaway and stay within five minutes of both resorts with our Alta Snowbird vacation rentals! 5 Reasons to Visit Alta and Snowbird Alta and Snowbird are best known for their abundant snowfall, offering some of the best powder for advanced skiers. But there [...]

Your Annual Oktoberfest Update

Well, the snow’s made its appearance. Here and there and not enough, but then, when is it ever enough? Oh yeah, that’s right, last winter! So, with that thought in mind, allow your correspondent to start there, rather than with all thing beer, bretzel and brat. One of the great joys of staying in Little Cottonwood in one of our premier properties is the easy access to the world outside the festival. Saturday October 7th is a perfect example. To earn his caloric allowance Canyon Blog wandered up slope to take in the views and assess the early snowpack. And [...]

Discover Wildlife in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains

While you’re exploring the scenic trails of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, be on the lookout for local wildlife! Today, Canyon Services will share valuable insights on what to observe and how to watch wildlife in Utah near Alta Snowbird responsibly. Observe wildlife like moose, birds, marmots, coyotes, foxes, and black bears as you explore the great outdoors. Read on to discover more about where, when, and how to watch wildlife during your upcoming getaway! Wildlife in the Wasatch Mountains Want an inside look into wildlife in the Wasatch Mountains? Read our article, Friends in High Places, and learn about Canyon Blog’s [...]

Friends in High Places

Sometimes, when you’re out on the slopes of these mountains, you find yourself in the presence of the true locals, who own them and make their living here. If your mind drifts to Alta or Snowbird lifties or your favorite tram operator you’re off point. Last week, while scrambling up the scree by Shreen run (think Road to Provo if you can’t place it) to police up a few errant ski patrol bamboo poles, Canyon Blog almost literally bumped into one of his favorite locals on the mountain. Porcupine of course. Always retiring, never in a rush, and usually enjoying [...]

Operation Atwood Winze Mine

Canyon Blog spent the first half of August 2023 finalizing a plan three years in the making. Buried 2,000 feet deep within the Bay City Mine tunnel across from the Snowpine Lodge and 200 feet up a 1200 foot winze (non vertical mine shaft) lay an 1880 vintage wooden sided mine car left by the last miners to work that section of the mine. This particular portion of the mine was last actively worked in 1908. The car itself, an extremely rare wooden sided ore and waste rock transport, has the ability to swivel and dump its load in any [...]

Where to See Utah Fall Colors near Alta Snowbird

As the days get shorter and the air gains that familiar crispness, there is no better time to plan a fall getaway in Utah! Make your way to Alta Snowbird and experience the magic of Utah fall colors before a blanket of snow covers our mountain towns. Canyon Services offers the perfect basecamp for fall adventures like hiking, biking, tram rides, festivals, and scenic drives. Join us for a seasonal escape to Utah’s vibrant landscapes and fall in love with Alta Snowbird! When to See Utah Fall Colors Utah fall colors begin at the highest elevations in mid-September and usually [...]

Big & Little Cottonwood Canyon Picnic Areas

Summer is a beautiful time to plan a picnic in the park! Grab your favorite snacks and visit the Little Cottonwood Canyon picnic areas near your Canyon Services vacation rental. Or make a short drive to Big Cottonwood Canyon and discover even more picnic areas like Storm Mountain and Ledgemere. Pack your picnic basket, immerse yourself in Utah’s natural wonders, and enjoy outdoor dining in the mountains! Little Cottonwood Canyon Picnic Areas Snowbird Picnic Areas All of our rentals are within a five-minute drive of Snowbird, offering easy access to the picnic areas within the resort: Observation Deck Austin Pond [...]

Snowbird Guides – They’re not just for winter

You’re probably unaware that Snowbird Guides exist. It’s an easy mistake since they’re relatively unknown. And yet, and yet, they hide in plain sight. If you’ve skied the Bird in the past decade you’ve no doubt walked right past their office, which would best be described as located in the most central real estate at Snowbird Center. To correct this oversight, Canyon Blog sat down with Eliza Allen, Snowbird’s Mountain Guides Director, to figure out just why it is that no one knows about the great services they provide. Turns out, it’s a bit mysterious for the ten-year veteran of [...]

How to Recreate Responsibly This Summer

Utah is home to a mesmerizing tapestry of landscapes, from snowcapped mountains to lush meadows and tranquil lakes. We love sharing our state’s natural beauty and ask that all visitors recreate responsibly to help us preserve these spaces for generations to come! Stay with Canyon Services and help us reduce the impacts of tourism in Little Cottonwood Canyon by staying on trails, respecting wildlife, and leaving no trace of your travels! Plan Ahead and Prepare Planning ahead for your adventures in Little Cottonwood Canyon is a great way to ensure you recreate responsibly. Set goals for your trip and take [...]

Snowbird Fires up Their Convertibles

Well, they’re finally here. After much waiting, some minor disasters, a record snowfall year, and a long spring runoff, the balconies for “new blue” and “new, new red” are in place and ready for you. Typical of your correspondent, he used his faux investigative journalist credentials to gain a sneak peek to see if riding on top of the tram cars was worth all the hype on the morning before their grand opening. The answer in a word: yes. Thankfully, the installation went without hitch on June 5th during scheduled tram maintenance. No crane required, merely a cable system to [...]

Utah Summer Vacation Ideas: Alta-Snowbird

Alta-Snowbird may be known for its winter activities, but our mountain towns offer a year-round vacation destination. During the summer, the mountains come alive with blossoming wildflowers, wildlife roams the Albion Basin, and ski resorts transform into an outdoor recreation oasis. Plan your Utah summer vacation with Canyon Services and discover hiking, fishing, and mountain biking just minutes from your condo rental! Utah Summer Hiking Trails Once the snow melts, Alta Snowbird offers an abundance of hiking trails to explore. Alta offers around 13 miles of trails, ranging from beginner to advanced. Explore the Albion Basin and take in views [...]

Easy Hikes in Utah: Alta Snowbird Hiking

Utah’s Alta Snowbird region is not just for winter ski trips; our mountain towns are also a great place to take the kids this summer! Soak up the sunshine with easy hikes in Utah that wind past beautiful lakes, awe-inspiring vistas, blossoming wildflowers, and cascading waterfalls. Whether you are looking for a stroller-friendly path or a longer trail for older kids, there is endless exploration awaiting in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Choose Canyon Services to host your Utah summer getaway and access adventure just outside your door! Observation Point Trail The Observation Point Trail is a free, paved, flat, and stroller-friendly [...]

An “Outside” Perspective on Alta’s Record Storm

For followers of Canyon Blog and Little Cottonwood Canyon, you can find a summary of our wild two weeks of storms and avalanches penned by your correspondent in Outside Magazine's online site: It was a season full of superlatives and if you can't make it out here before Snowbird shuts down daily operations on May 14th (weekend trams and some lifts will continue beyond that date) your blogger wishes you a wonderful spring and summer.

A Dispatch from the Trenches

Well, much as your correspondent hates cliches, this is one for the record books. Snowbird passed its all-time season snowfall record yesterday which was 782”. As of this morning, where Canyon Blog remains trapped in Alta, they’re standing at 805”. And it hasn’t stopped. Alta is sitting on, or rather under, 874”. It was only one week ago today that this space was reporting 764 Alta inches. If public math serves that’s 110” of new in a week. In April. The day before yesterday’s interlodge was one of the top three ski days of this powder hound’s career, someone who [...]

Drop What You’re Doing (an emergency announcement)

Rarely does Canyon Blog issue public service announcements, but such are the dire circumstances that it’s demanded of your correspondent in the interests of your health and mental state of mind. With that out of the way, here’s the deal. Whatever you’re doing, and regardless of where, you simply need to stop, book a flight, toss on a few layers of gear, and slap some fiberglass or carbon to the bottom of your feet. As your correspondent writes this (March 29th) Alta is reporting 764” for the season, but that’s simply not going to be true by the time you [...]

Plan a Wellness Retreat in Utah at Alta Snowbird

After a day of shredding the slopes, there’s no better place to end the day than a local spa. Let your aches and pains from skiing dissipate with a revitalizing massage, facial, or body treatment. Or skip the slopes and plan a wellness retreat in Utah and focus on healing your mind, body, and spirit throughout your getaway. Many of our Canyon Services vacation rentals offer private hot tubs so you can continue your wellness retreat in the comfort of your rental home! The Cliff Spa at Snowbird The Cliff Spa is located within the Snowbird ski resort, offering easy [...]

Rush Out Here and Then Slow Down

The snow continues to drop in Little Cottonwood Canyon and the skiing is beyond compare. And by that, your correspondent does mean anywhere. Readers of this space are only too familiar with the superiority of Wasatch powder and the fact that leasing one of our properties puts you into a skin-in ski-out experience not available anywhere else. To prove that point your faithful investigative journalist is winging his way to Austria and Norway to compare this season’s snow with other world class destinations. Such is his dedication to his profession, but he digresses and will report back on that when [...]

When is the Best Time to Ski in Utah?

With skiing available half the year in Utah, many skiers may ask themselves, when is the best time to ski in Utah? Some skiers prefer the deep powder of winter, while others prefer to ski away from the crowds during the spring. Regardless of your ski style, there is never a wrong time to plan your ski vacation at the Alta Snowbird ski areas. And since Snowbird is known for having the longest ski season in the state, there is still time to shred our legendary slopes!  Choose Canyon Services to host your ski vacation and enjoy ski access to [...]

Heli-skiing with Powderbird’s 50th Year

Followers of Canyon Blog will undoubtedly be aware of the helicopters that often nest just off the bypass road between Snowbird and Alta. And that they support Little Cottonwood Canyon’s heli-skiing. What you will not likely understand though is how heli-skiing works or even how to go about dipping a ski into the aviation facilitated snow pond. Despite 30 years of helicopter work in his military career your correspondent has to sheepishly admit that they’d never considered heli-skiing and assumed (incorrectly) that it was somehow out of his reach. To rectify this terrible oversight, he sat down with VP of [...]

Annual Alta Snowbird Events to Plan Your Vacation Around

There is always something exciting happening near the Alta Snowbird Ski resorts! Make your getaway extra memorable by planning your visit around one of our annual Alta and Snowbird events. From Utah’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration to wildflower festivals and holiday torchlight parades, there is something for everyone throughout the year! No matter when you plan your visit, Canyon Services puts you close to the action, with our vacation rentals offering direct access to endless adventures in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  Subaru WinterFest: March Subaru WinterFest is an annual concert bringing nationally recognized Americana, bluegrass, indie, and electronic musicians to the mountains. [...]

Outa Bounds

January is off the charts with powder dropping weekly at rates not measured in decades. The 136 inches recorded in December is the highest total in 40 years for Little Cottonwood. Today the canyon was closed again with Highway 210 blocked by avalanche debris in multiple slide zones. And the howitzers of Alta and Snowbird serve as siren calls to every powder skier within earshot in the pre-dawn hours. But the avalanche artillery is a story for another day… No, faithful readers of Canyon Blog, this month’s installment is all about the pristine powder that lies tantalizingly just beyond the [...]

How to Travel from Salt Lake City to Snowbird in Winter

Whether you are a Salt Lake City local or flying into the city, Canyon Services is here to give you the best tips on winter travel to Alta Snowbird. There are many ways to get from Salt Lake City to Snowbird, whether you want the freedom to drive yourself or the convenience of a shuttle from the airport. Book your transportation on our Canyon Services website with our partners, Alta Shuttle, Canyon Transportation, and Enterprise car rentals. Once you have arrived, you will discover the perfect Alta Snowbird vacation homes just five minutes from both ski resorts!  Alta Shuttle Alta [...]

Snowbird & Wasatch Adaptive Sports Honor Veterans

Saturday December 10th was blustery at the Bird but it didn’t faze local veterans and their families who turned out to receive the appreciation of the resort and Wasatch Adaptive Sports (WAS), along with free passes for a day’s turns. The Honor Guard This was the 10th annual festive lighting of the three trees adjacent to the tram building on the plaza deck, and the crowd of 100 enjoyed hot chocolate along with a healthy blend of gratitude from a nation to its most deserving citizens. Dave Fields, Nancy Searle and Elizabeth Kimball Nancy Searle, long [...]

The Best Alta Snowbird Vacation Rentals for Winter

Utah ski season has returned, and it’s time to plan your winter vacation in the greatest snow on earth! Canyon Services makes it easy to stay where you play with our condos right next to Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts. All of our Alta Snowbird vacation rentals are on the complimentary ski shuttle loop and within a five-minute drive of both resorts, offering the convenience and freedom to ski all of the nearby slopes without driving. Read on to find the perfect property for your winter getaway and discover the benefits of choosing Canyon Services! Village at Sugarplum The Village [...]

First Tracks

If you’re a reader of this space then you know that happiness can be found at ten thousand and 12, feet and inches that is. Your loyal correspondent is pleased to share that if you’re one of those then the 2022/23 ski season is well under way. To commemorate the first 50 inches of snowfall, and in the interests of thorough investigative journalism, Canyon Blog spent the past week in pursuit of first tracks at both Snowbird and Alta. As you can see, the base is not only enough already to establish a great foundation, it excludes any artificial snow [...]

Alta VS Snowbird: Which is Right for You?

Did you know that two of North America’s best ski resorts can be found just miles apart in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon? Alta and Snowbird are known for having some of the greatest snow on Earth, and deciding between the two can be challenging. When choosing between Alta vs. Snowbird, consider your experience level, what amenities you are looking for, skiable terrain, and lodging options. No matter which resort you decide to visit this winter, Canyon Services puts you within a five-minute drive of both resorts. Read on to learn about the differences between our Utah ski areas and discover [...]

An Interview with Alta’s Lift Operations Supervisor Shannon Corey

Your correspondent had the opportunity to sit down with the most important person on Alta’s mountain if you’re here to ski. What got him thinking about this interview was Alta’s splicing of cable on the Collins chairlift this summer. More on that in a moment. But first, our interview subject. Shannon Corey is a fourth generation non-LDS Utahn who learned to ski from the Albion lift when she was seven. In addition to the usual mountain upbringing she played the piano from an early age (hold that thought because we’ll come back to it). After completing a degree in anthropology [...]

Fall Little Cottonwood Canyon Hikes in Utah

Snowbird is best known for having the longest ski season in Utah, but did you know that the resort is also home to Utah’s largest Oktoberfest? Join us in the mountains this fall for Oktoberfest, and while you’re here, we encourage you to lace up your hiking boots and take in the season’s splendor. Witness the vibrant foliage, glistening lakes, cascading waterfalls, and awe-inspiring vistas this fall with one of the Little Cottonwood Canyon hikes. Canyon Services has been serving Little Cottonwood Canyon for over 35 years with our collection of vacation homes. Read on to learn more about the [...]

The Perfect Oktoberfest Day

Snowbird’s tribute to the German festival has entered its 50th year. To celebrate half a century of beer and brats and, lest we neglect, the polka, and what's become truly a Little Cottonwood institution, one must come up canyon. The question becomes, how does one experience Oktoberfest to the fullest while simultaneously dodging the largest crowds? It’s a good question, and one your correspondent has spent years in crafting his response. First, there’s the parking consideration. Oh wait, that doesn’t apply to you because you’ll be enjoying the best digs in the canyon thanks to your reservation with Canyon Services. [...]

Experience Fall in Utah near Alta/Snowbird

Fall in Utah is right around the corner, and we invite you to celebrate the season’s magic with us at Canyon Services. We are located at the base of Snowbird, which hosts an epic Oktoberfest celebration every year that is not to be missed. In addition to the Oktoberfest festivities, we are just half an hour away from unlimited fall fun in Salt Lake City. Spend the season hiking through fall foliage, exploring haunted houses, solving corn mazes, sipping apple cider, and picking out the best pumpkin for jack o lanterns. Fall in Utah is short-lived, so plan your getaway [...]

Alta’s Six Pack

Summer 2022 is a season of significant change or so it seems. First there was the excitement (and drama) of Snowbird’s tram car swap, which is up and running thankfully. Now it’s Alta’s turn to crank the improvement competition up a notch. Your correspondent sat down with Alta Ski Lift general Manager Mike Maughan to learn just what’s up in the upper reaches of Little Cottonwood. He started big. “Covid highlighted a number of things for us in the past two years. One being lift congestion especially on Sunnyside. Even when we’d run Albion chair it didn’t disperse the crowds [...]

Plan a Utah Family Vacation with Canyon Services

If you are still searching for that perfect Utah family vacation, look no further because you've found Canyon Services. We are located approximately 30 miles from Salt Lake City in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, offering a convenient getaway from the city. When you stay with Canyon Services, you will be centrally located to the summer activities available at the Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. Read on to learn more about planning your family vacation in the mountains this summer. Family-Friendly Condo Rentals in Utah Village at Sugarplum Our most extensive collection of Snowbird condo rentals will be found at the [...]

Albion Basin Wildflowers Hike and Festival Information

During the summer, the mountains surrounding the Snowbird and Alta ski resorts transform from snowy slopes to a colorful sea of wildflowers. Every July and August, Little Cottonwood Canyon comes alive with vibrant wildflowers blossoming as far as the eye can see. And adventurers come from all over to witness the breathtaking display of Albion Basin wildflowers for themselves. At Canyon Services, we have created a helpful Wildflower Hiking Guide to help you navigate the local trails. Today we are going in-depth on the Albion Basin hike and the annual Wasatch Wildflower Festival. Albion Basin Wildflower Hike The Albion Basin [...]

Something Old, Something New; Something Broken, Something Blue

As the saying goes… The new tram cars have arrived at Snowbird. New Red Arrives! In late May, after traveling all the way from Olten, Switzerland by way of exotic Port of Houston, both cars were on hand and waiting to be swapped out. Unfortunately, on May 29th amidst a dusting of late season snow there was an incident and “New Red” was damaged during the first car swap, permanently removing it from transporting happy skiers to the top of Hidden Peak. Old Blue sitting above New Blue Canyon Blog sat down with Snowbird general manager [...]

Snowbird Summer Activities & Events Guide

Snowbird is known for its skiing, but when the snow on the mountains melts, the resort transforms into a premier summer destination. Everyone can find something to do this summer, whether you want to ride an exhilarating mountain coaster or take a scenic tram ride. And those with an adventurous spirit can traverse the mountain bike trails or experience unique rock climbing with the new Zipwhipper attraction. Canyon Services offers condo rentals within minutes of the Snowbird summer activities. Spend less time traveling and more time playing on the mountain this summer when you stay with Canyon Services. Top Snowbird [...]

10 Reasons to vacation in the mountains this summer

When considering where to go on summer vacation, most families choose beaches or theme parks. But there are many reasons why you should opt for a vacation in the mountains this summer: 1 - Unplug and escape technology It’s no secret that social media and the constant exposure to the news have had a negative effect on our mental health. There are few places better for taking some time away from it all to unplug and recharge than the quiet of the mountains       2 - Brand new adventures Mountains in general, and Little Cottonwood Canyon especially, are [...]

April 28th, 2022|Categories: Outdoors, Questions Answered, Summer, Top 10|

Utah Mountain Bike Races and Summer Marathons

Utah’s ski season is coming to an end, but the ski resorts continue to be great destinations for outdoor recreation year-round. The Alta and Snowbird ski resorts host several Utah mountain bike races and marathons during the summer for those with a competitive spirit. See if you have what it takes to participate in a mountain race this summer! After the race, you can celebrate your achievements with music, food, and drinks. At Canyon Services, we offer vacation homes between Alta and Snowbird so that you can easily access both resorts. Plan your vacation around one of these exciting races, [...]

Porcupine Pine Party

This month Canyon Blog thought he’d touch (gently for reasons soon to be obvious) on one of his favorite and most overlooked Little Cottonwood residents, the porcupine. The idea occurred to him last week while skinning up Albion basin between the summer road and Catherine’s area on a sunny and uncrowded day. Minding his own business and generally enjoying the quiet mountain solitude your correspondent stumbled into the forest havoc remnants of erethizon dorsatum (the scientific name for the north American version). As you can see, when a porcupine decides it’s time to party pine style, they mean business. What [...]

No Boundaries at Snowbird

If you ski Snowbird regularly you’ve seen the distinctive adaptive equipment used by Wasatch Adaptive Sports (WAS) and their clients. These often take the form of mono skis, bi-skis or cart skis. You’ll recognize WAS instructors and volunteers by their distinctive black logo jackets and sunny dispositions as they help others experience the mountain in a way many of us take for granted. Ricardo tearing up Mineral Basin This week your correspondent was fortunate enough to spend time with a new group as they came to Snowbird for the first time. Ricardo is a veteran of Afghanistan and [...]

Late Season Skiing at Snowbird, Utah

While other ski resorts throughout the country prepare to wrap up the season, Snowbird will remain open for months to come. Snowbird is known for its late-season skiing, at least through May and sometimes through July! So, if you are searching for the perfect spring skiing destination, consider the Snowbird ski resort in Utah. Canyon Services condos are located at the base of the Snowbird slopes, so you can easily access skiing from your rental. There’s still time for a ski trip in Utah; start planning a getaway trip today! Reasons to Try Late-Season Skiing at Snowbird There are many [...]

Unique Winter Adventures: Heli-Skiing in Utah

Utah is well known for its snow, and skiers from all over the country travel to our state to ski the legendary powder. And if you think ski resorts are the only way to hit the slopes, think again! There are endless backcountry trails in the Wasatch Range that can be accessed with heli-skiing in Utah. If you’re asking yourself what in the world is heli-skiing, we’re here to help. Heli-skiing consists of a helicopter ride to remote ski areas that are difficult to access, with the helicopter acting as a lift up the mountain. At Canyon Services, we have [...]

Interlodge: A History

Ever wonder what Interlodge actually means? Wonder no more. This month’s blog is dedicated to providing answers to all your questions and to help you not only weather that term’s storms but to enjoy your mountain experience to the utmost should you find yourself a part of the Little Cottonwood Canyon experience known as Interlodge. What the term means: It actually refers to the limit placed on residents and guests when inside  town limits (or Snowbird properties) with regard to traveling between lodges, homes and resorts. In other words, you cannot travel between them. The word inter literally means between. [...]

We Missed You!

Well, the first holiday of the year came and went. And you know what didn’t come with it? People. Canyon Blog ventured out onto the slopes of Snowbird and Alta to gauge the holiday crowds and take an unscientific barometric reading of just how many folks were in town or up from downtown on Sunday and Monday. The great news is Alta’s parking system seems to be working and a bit less traffic is in the canyon. Nice to know, but it doesn’t really affect you because you’ll be luxuriating après ski style in one of our properties. Your correspondent [...]

Snowshoeing in Utah near Alta-Snowbird

With an average of 500 inches of snowfall every winter, there’s no denying that Utah has the greatest snow on Earth for skiing. But, even if you haven’t mastered skiing, you can still enjoy the beauty of the season on scenic snowshoeing trails. Snowshoeing in Utah is an easy activity that allows you to get outdoors and appreciate winter without the skill of skiing. Whether you want to hit the trails on your own or join a guided snowshoe tour, Alta-Snowbird is an excellent place for winter adventure. Snowshoeing Trails Near Alta-Snowbird Our Canyon Services condos are centrally located near [...]

Welcome 2022!

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 [...]

January 4th, 2022|Categories: Local Flavor|

Winter Retreat: Plan a Romantic Getaway in Utah

Something about the winter season encourages us to cuddle up and spend time with that special someone. Winter is the perfect time to plan a romantic getaway in Utah with Canyon Services. Spend your days shredding the slopes together, then unwind at the spa and end the day with a romantic dinner. Spend time relaxing in one of our beautiful condos and cozy up in front of the gas fireplace. We also have a complimentary shuttle so you can access the amenities and restaurants at both Alta and Snowbird resorts. Start planning your romantic getaway now and check out our [...]

Come and Join the “Un” Crowd

Your faithful correspondent took it upon himself to brave the slopes on your behalf and determine the crowd conditions now that it’s December and there is already nearly 90 inches of snowfall. Despite the grave risks of having to talk to other people, he’s happy to report that, well, there aren’t any. Crowds that is. Friday morning and lunch time saw no more than a handful of people in Alfs and at the west end where the new expansion provides panoramic views of East Greeley and Sugarloaf lift there were no people at all as you can see. Ah, undisturbed [...]

December 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Learn to Ski in Utah: Alta Snowbird Ski Lessons

There's a reason why skiing is the most popular winter sport in the country. Every year millions of people opt to spend a winter vacation embracing snowy slopes in Utah. But, if you've never tried out this winter activity, you may be wondering where to start. There are two excellent ski schools in the Alta Snowbird area that offer lessons for every age and skill level. And our Canyon Services vacation rentals are five minutes away from both! Sign up for Alta or Snowbird ski lessons this winter and learn how to ski the Greatest Snow On Earth! Alf Engen’s [...]

Snow Fences and Avalanches

The season is clearly already upon us. Alta has already recorded 69” of snow fall and for a time the past week the base was 40”. What’s that mean? You know what it means. It's time to book an awesome Canyon Services rental and come stay in comfort, enjoy the spectacular views, and start this skiing season off right. In preparation for this year’s downhill sliding pleasure and safety Alta has made additional improvements to the mountain. This time in the form of snow fencing and more Wyssen (pronounced “Wee-sen”) exploders. Canyon Blog sat down with Alta safety director and [...]

November 10th, 2021|Categories: Local Flavor, Outdoors|

Salt Lake City Day Trips from Alta-Snowbird

Whether you are visiting Alta-Snowbird to ski the greatest snow on Earth or snowshoe beautiful backcountry trails, you might be looking for other things to do nearby while you’re here. Well, Salt Lake City is just a short 40-minute drive from our beautiful vacation rentals at Canyon Services. Salt Lake City day trips from Alta or Snowbird are the perfect way to experience some of the best attractions and activities Utah has to offer.  Popular Salt Lake City Attractions Salt Lake City is a diverse place with a wealth of activities and attractions. You could easily spend a week exploring [...]

Shroomin’ with ACE

Canyon Blog was afforded the wonderfully informative opportunity to accompany Sara Gibbs, Alta Community Enrichment director extraordinaire, on a journey into the world of Wasatch mushrooming. The first thing your correspondent learned is that it isn’t actually mushrooming, rather something she referred to as “munting,” which was apparently German in origin but escaped this writer’s ability to track down, so we’ll just have to take that on faith. Before “digging in” to mycology a few words on Sara and ACE. ACE is Alta’s version of an arts institute and focuses on bringing culture, art and education to the town and [...]

October 5th, 2021|Categories: Local Flavor|

Refuel on the Slopes: Alta and Snowbird Restaurants

Ski enthusiasts around the country have long been anticipating colder days and winter snowfall. Nowhere else in the country does the snowfall quite like Utah, with an average of 550 inches annually. The Alta-Snowbird ski resorts are some of the best places in the country to hit the slopes and experience mountain dining. The Alta and Snowbird restaurants are conveniently located near the slopes, so you can easily refuel for every meal. And our luxury vacation rentals at Canyon Services are the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of skiing. So, visit us in Utah and embark [...]

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 [...]

September 5th, 2021|Categories: Local 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 [...]

August 2nd, 2021|Categories: Outdoors|

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 [...]

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 [...]

July 10th, 2021|Categories: Local 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 [...]

June 7th, 2021|Categories: Interviews|

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 [...]

April 3rd, 2021|Categories: Local Flavor|

Peruvian Tunnel Museum Part I

Canyon Blog had the honor and pleasure of assisting with the recrafting of Snowbird’s Peruvian tunnel over the past few months. The tunnel itself was created over two summers to connect the Little Cottonwood side of Snowbird resort with its expanded terrain in Mineral Basin, itself named for the rich mining history in the upper reaches of American Fork Canyon. The tunnel has almost become a destination of its own given the fascinating items and their stories. It was bored over two summers through 600 feet of solid rock at a cost of $1.4 million and takes four minutes to [...]

March 13th, 2021|Categories: Local Flavor|

Why You Should Book Your Utah Vacation Rental Now

The Wasatch Mountains, one of the nation’s most distinct ranges, serves as an elite skiing and cold-weather getaway destination for those who adore winter sports. However, many may not realize that when the snow melts and the sun shines, the Alta-Snowbird ski area takes on a new persona rife with alpine adventures like hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking—among others. Nestled within the Little Cottonwood Canyon, Canyon Services is already preparing to host a bevy of guests who need a summer retreat. From sprawling mountain prairies to forgotten and hidden gems, there are many reasons to reserve a Utah vacation rental [...]

The Power of Winter

We spend so much of our time in conversation and projecting our thoughts onto and into the broader world and those around us. One of the aspects of spending time with mountains in the wintertime is to listen because they speak back. If we’re quiet. Other times it doesn’t matter if we’re quiet or not. When the mountains decide to announce themselves, we’ve no real choice. And no message is conveyed by the slopes of winter more clearly than avalanches. This week’s message, courtesy of Albion Basin, was “You’re not as big as you think you are.” This month’s photos, [...]

February 4th, 2021|Categories: Outdoors|

A Digital Detox in Alta-Snowbird

It seems impossible to do anything without a smartphone, tablet, or laptop by our side in this day and age. Moment by moment, we become increasingly reliant on technologies that seemingly make life easier, but at what cost? Surely things that help us learn, communicate, and share ideas with people worldwide can't be so bad. Still, just like everything else, it's important to practice moderation when it comes to technology. One effective way to bring balance into your life is to seek refuge from the daily information-overload by embarking on a digital detox. A few recent studies have shown that [...]

Utah Snow: The Greatest Snow on Earth!

Utah's reputation for having the "Greatest Snow On Earth" is possibly one of the most outstanding examples of how marketing and science can shape the way people think of a place. It's no secret that the Utah snow is some of the best on the planet, but some may be asking themselves, "How is it possible?" Parts of the Wasatch Mountains accumulate more snow than anywhere else in North America, but not all the ski areas are the same. While places like Alta-Snowbird get more snow than anywhere else in Utah, some, like Deer Valley, have only modest snow totals [...]

Skiing Safely in 2021

Well, the long anticipated and hoped for arrival of AD 2021 is here. Canyon Blog is no virologist, or scientist of any type really, but he did dedicate several years of his life to combating biological weapons proliferation around the world. What’s that have to do with skiing in Little Cottonwood Canyon one might ask? Very little. But it does go some distance in explaining your correspondent’s assessment skills of procedures in place by Alta and Snowbird as they conduct operations during this most unique ski season to keep us all safe. The first Monday after the holiday seemed to [...]

January 6th, 2021|Categories: Outdoors|

A Day With Wasatch Adaptive Sports

One of the unique opportunities that exists in this spectacular little canyon is the gigantic, herculean even, efforts of the good people at Wasatch Adaptive Sports (WAS) in their mission to encourage those with adaptive needs and their families to realize their potential through recreation. In the wintertime at Snowbird that takes the form of skiing or snowboarding. Your correspondent spent a day this week with Phil, a Utah transplant and customer of WAS since the winter of 1992. Upon moving to the state as a schoolteacher, a new acquaintance asked him, “Do you ski?” Which struck the mathematics and [...]

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Outdoors|

Embrace the Snow: Utah Winter Getaways

Making the most of winter is a lifestyle for those of us residing in the Wasatch Mountains. As autumn wanders out the door like the last guest at Thanksgiving dinner, the temperatures fall, the snow piles up, and the Alta-Snowbird ski area will be rife with slopeside patrons. But don't let the prospect of waist-high powder discourage you from enjoying a Utah winter getaway. There's something to be said about the sound of boots crunching on a new layer of snow or being the first person to glide down a mountain on a brisk morning. Now is the time to [...]

And We’re Off!

The season has officially begun at Alta. Canyon Blog dropped into everyone’s favorite powder resort on day two of the season to assess how safety and satisfaction might intersect in this unprecedented environment. And the answer is: really well. Masks are required on lifts, indoors and anywhere that you can’t maintain a safe standoff distance from others. To help with the lines there are additional ques to keep us all apart. Also, groups not together do not have to share chairs. Dining will be limited with greater spacing and prepackaged food.  For more information visit Alta’s Covid-19 Response page [...]

November 24th, 2020|Categories: Outdoors|

A Winter Vacation in the Wasatch Mountains: Snowbird, Utah

At no better time does Snowbird, Utah, live up to its name than during the holiday season. In a matter of weeks, the Wasatch Mountains will be covered in a blanket of fresh powder, lending itself to a magnificent transformation that morphs the fabled alpine forests into a winter wonderland and provides seemingly endless enjoyment to visitors and locals alike. This holiday season, Canyon Services invites you to change things up by celebrating in the comfort of a Utah vacation rental property. Ideally located within Little Cottonwood Canyon, our vacation homes come in various options ranging from mountainside condos to [...]


UDOT Goes BOOM! Canyon Blog spent a frigid (and welcome) afternoon surveying the Utah Department of Transportation’s latest contributions to avalanche mitigation and control. If you haven’t been in Little Cottonwood Canyon since before the word “virus” came to dominate the world, you’ll notice some changes looking north along Emma Ridge above Alta. Damian Jackson is the UDOT Safety Supervisor for Highway 210 stretching from the mouth of Little Cottonwood to its terminus in town. As such, the 12 Wyssen (pronounced “Wee-sen”) exploders newly placed over the summer are his responsibility. These newest installments are designed to “modernize our program [...]

October 27th, 2020|Categories: Outdoors|

Skiing in Utah: What to Pack for a Ski Trip

Deciding what to pack for a ski trip can feel like a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be overwhelmingly stressful. While it's not overly challenging to rent or buy essential items once you've arrived at your destination, it's never a bad idea to have a plan in place to pack accordingly. As such, if you realize you've forgotten something as you're unpacking, you'll be able to mitigate your misstep quickly. When skiing in Utah, especially if you've traveled far, the list doesn't have to include every provision in your bag. However, keeping track of the essential items will [...]

Deciding Between Alta and Snowbird

It's no secret that the Wasatch Mountains have some of the best snow in North America. Known for its steep ridges and deep powder, Little Cottonwood Canyon is considered an elite ski destination. At the center of one of the most top-rated skiing enclaves in the world, Alta and Snowbird are a collective winter sports paradise. In the heart of it all, Canyon Services has luxurious offerings in both areas, so deciding on where to stay can sometimes be mind-boggling if this is your first visit. To help you decide which is best for you, we've put together some information [...]

Welcome to ‘71

Welcome to '71 It may feel like a summer of change with social restrictions and reduced opportunities but at Snowbird activities remain open for a bit longer and the weather continues to facilitate immersion in the mountains. However, this month's blog is about the great indoors, specifically The Cliff Lodge's reinvented restaurant SeventyOne. Your correspondent had been meaning to stroll in and sample its board of fare for some time and Labor Day weekend provided just the opportunity. The first thing you’ll notice, indeed is unavoidable, is the décor. Drawing on the restaurant’s name of SeventyOne, the year Snowbird opened [...]

September 7th, 2020|Categories: Local Flavor|

Mountain Retreats to Alta and Snowbird, UT

While it may not seem like it now, winter is just around the corner, but there is still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the comfortable autumn weather before the snow starts dropping. As much as we love summer, fall is an excellent time for a mountain retreat to Alta and Snowbird, Utah. As the warm temperatures diminish, so do the number of tourists before ski season starts, creating the perfect opportunity for those hoping to avoid crowds. Moreover, the crisp autumn winds lend themselves to a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy in cooler weather. [...]

Big Changes at Alta

Big Changes at Alta Alta continues to make changes to facilities and the slopes on schedule ahead of this year’s ski season. Canyon Blog met up with Alta Ski Lift General Manager Mike Maughan to see firsthand what the resort was getting up to over the summer. Slopes first because, well, nothing’s more important than the actual skiing. At the bottom of the hill dirt was removed to smooth out the pitch on lower Sunnyside (leading to Albion Grill) so there isn’t a steep ridge for beginners to navigate. At the top of Supreme the slope’s been graded to add [...]

August 12th, 2020|Categories: Interviews|

Glorious Summer

The best of the off (ski) season is upon us. Hiking trails are open across both Alta and Snowbird terrain with wildflower blooms assaulting the senses without remorse, those cheeky buggers. The pristine feel of Utah’s premier alpine destination is everywhere in the canyon. Canyon Blog has been covering both resorts as well as the north side of the canyon on foot and doing his journalistic best to capture the glory in amazing Android phone technicolor. Sadly, for readers of this space, Canyon Services retained your correspondent for his writing and not his photographic prowess. Aspiring Ansel Adams limitations aside, [...]

July 20th, 2020|Categories: Outdoors|

We’re most definitely Open

It’s still spring and there’s still snow (if you want it that is). Unbelievably, the mountains delivered another foot of fresh last week, thus extending the white just a little bit closer to summer’s official start. Your correspondent continues to make tracks here and there across Alta and Snowbird, the latter having opened uphill travel a few weeks ago. Right now the mountain is the perfect mix of a little skiing here or there and trail hiking. It remains important to keep safe from a health standpoint and Canyon Services is here to help by providing private accommodations in the [...]

June 13th, 2020|Categories: Local Flavor|

A Most Unusual Spring

Well, the season has run its course in a most unanticipated way. With both resorts shuttered due to “viral considerations” Little Cottonwood Canyon has taken on something of a bygone era feel. Snowbird is closed to all up and downhill traffic and will remain that way until public safety can be assured. They expect to roar back for summer so stay tuned for updates. Alta on the other hand, is open for all to enjoy safely and at a distance. It’s been strange to slap on the alpine touring skis and have the run of the resort and first tracks [...]

April 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Safety at Alta

Canyon Blog spent an afternoon chatting with Alta safety director Dave Richards in his office. During the lull in skiing that’s struck the nation there was time to be shared. In a canyon populated by transplants, Dave’s the rare local born and bred, not just in Utah but the canyon itself. He grew up at Alta where his dad was a ski patroller for three decades and his mother an employee at The Rustler lodge. He was a pro skier for a time in his youth before working as a heli skiing guide until he eventually found himself skiing his [...]

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Local Flavor|


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 [...]

February 9th, 2020|Categories: Local Flavor|

Utah Ski Vacation Packages

Wondering where to begin in making all your plans for the prefect Utah Ski Vacation? Well, we're here not only to help you know what you need to know, but also to assist you in every step along the way!  For Utah Ski Vacation Packages and staying at world class Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort - we are your package experts! Here are the steps that we know will help you in your planning! Find your prefect vacation rental! Check out our properties - we have a broad range of options from two bedrooms, sleeping 4 to 6 [...]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Announcements|