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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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2022-06-24T20:06:28+00:00Local Events, Outdoors|

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 [...]

2022-06-18T18:14:11+00:00Local Flavor, News, Outdoors|

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 [...]

2022-05-10T21:24:36+00:00Outdoors, Summer|

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 [...]

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, [...]

2022-04-13T21:21:02+00:00Outdoors, Summer|

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 [...]

2022-04-13T18:47:05+00:00Local Flavor, Outdoors|

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 [...]

2022-03-05T03:01:33+00:00Outdoors|

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 [...]

2022-03-04T22:19:40+00:00Outdoors, Winter|