Why can’t I bring my dog to Alta, Snowbird, or anywhere else in Little Cottonwood Canyon ? Because dog waste contains bacteria and parasites that can make drinking water unsafe, local laws prohibit allowing dogs in the watershed.
But, based on my 11 years living here, I’d guess that the road up Little Cottonwood Canyon closes for an entire day only a few times during an average winter. It is regularly closed at the crack of dawn after a big dump for avalanche blasting, then usually opens either in time for resort opening or shortly after.
The first snowfall of winter for Salt Lake City usually arrives in November , although about one in four Octobers also get some snow. The season’s last snowfall typically happens in April . Very rarely a few snowflakes also land in May . Salt Lake City is normally free of snow every year from June to September .
Snowbird is an unincorporated community in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It is most famous for Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, an alpine skiing and snowboarding area, which opened in December 1971.
Little Cottonwood Canyon lies within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest along the eastern side of the Salt Lake Valley, roughly 15 miles from Salt Lake City , Utah. The canyon is part of Granite, a CDP and “Community Council” designated by Salt Lake County.
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In order to get up Big Cottonwood Canyon (S.R. 190) and Little Cottonwood Canyon (S.R. 210) incident free, it is important to ensure that you have traction devices appropriate for winter driving conditions. Snow-worthy tires or chains are not just for your safety, it is the rule of the road.
The traction law is specific to a few critical parts of the highway and is only used during severe winter weather. Requiring traction devices during severe weather events at specific locations prevent the roadway from being blocked by vehicles unable to negotiate the road, improving mobility.
Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons now open .
Based on average daily snowfall, a metric that I prefer because it adjusts for the number of days in each month, the snowiest months are January and February , although again, the difference relative to December and March is very small.
December and January are the coldest months of the year. The shortest day is December 21, (winter solstice) with just nine hours of daylight.
Washington City has a total of over 16,000 amenities , putting it in first place for this criterion. But that’s not the only place where it beat the rest; this Dixie also had the very best weather in our study, with a warm average summer temperature of 85 and an air quality score of just 44.
I’ll start with the Cottonwoods, Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons- what locals refer to as LCC and BCC. The resorts that can be found there are Snowbird , Alta , Brighton , and Solitude . Every resort offers some beautiful accommodations.
The crown jewel of Utah’s memorable mountains, Little Cottonwood Canyon is home to both Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts.
The mountain stretches from a base elevation of 7,760 feet to a summit elevation of 11,000 feet. Our friends at Zrankings list Snowbird’s True Annual Snowfall at 497 inches. 27% of the mountain is considered easy terrain, 35% difficult , and 38% intermediate terrain.