Living in Big Cottonwood
Canyon or Little Cottonwood Canyon means that you must (we repeat, M.U.S.T.
love skiing, and for sure, powder-hounds of various persuasions call these
areas home. Indeed, these snowy enclaves are a top-notch permanent home,
home-away-from-home or vacay-destination for bevies of big-time skiers and
snow-boarders because the area generally receives a ballparked 500 (or more…) inches
of snow each year, the kind of fluffy white-stuff that makes all those
quad-pulls, constant goosebumps, strained muscles, years of freezing-cold
lessons and expensive gear more than worth it.
with snow-sports, the Cottonwoods’ lifestyle frequently includes season-appropriate
rock-climbing and roaming view-rich hiking trails that appeal to picnickers as
well as outdoor-fiends and friends in a variety of ages and abilities. However,
hiking some of these trails and/or clambering up the area’s rugged cliffs can
be quite strenuous (and the elevation is higher than what a number of
newbies are used to), so if you’re new to the area, be sure to check your athletic
cheekiness at the proverbial door and understand what you’re getting into. That
said, yowza — those
views! Awe-inspiring waterfalls, sparkling glacier-lakes, as-far-as-the-eye-can-see
forests and more —
we’re out of breath just thinking about it, because the area is truly just
that: a breathtaking alfresco paradise.
bottom line is this: If the thought of snow jettisons your mood into a cranky
downward spiral focused on an exhausting weekend of plowing, shoveling and
groveling for help with either of those chores, these gorgeous getaway towns
are probably not a good personality match — you might want to swipe left on
either of the Cottonwoods. On the other hand, if a heavy snowfall propels your everyday
mild-mannered ski-jonesing synapses from their normally manageable state into a
bundle of heebie-jeebie high-energy can’t-wait-to-get-on-the-slopes nerves, either
Big Cottonwood Canyon or Little Cottonwood Canyon would pretty much be heaven
on earth for you.