Once in a blue moon in Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC), Interlodge is issued by the ski resorts. It’s a form of precautionary lockdown ensuring Alta and Snowbird employees and guests stay inside during dicey storm conditions. The move might feel like overkill to those unfamiliar with the area, but it’s essential—especially when the road was closed like last week. Rapid heavy snowfall can lead to freaky things in the canyon, often triggering natural avalanches on the roads and near the resorts. For instance, last Friday, a natural avalanche released in the parking lot across the street from the Peruvian Lodge. Thankfully, no one was caught, but it was just one of many from that storm. In the two days that LCC was closed from intense snowfall, three natural avalanches were reported.
Despite the absurd amount of new snow, the Utah Department of Transportation and the folks at Alta and Snowbird went to work at getting things back to normal. Thanks to their hard work, the canyon was reopened on Saturday, allowing all those frothing skiers in Salt Lake City to get their fill of the new snow.