Founded in the winter of 1971, Snowbird in the Wasatch range of Utah combines Utah's longest season with legendary snow (an average of 500 inches a year), all within 45-minutes from Salt Lake City airport. Ride the iconic Aerial Tram to Hidden Peak for breathtaking views or take a trip through the Peruvian Tunnel, the first of its kind in North America. Visit Snowbird for more information, deals and special events throughout the season.
Long before skiers discovered the powder paradise that is Little Cottonwood Canyon, miners discovered their own treasure within the rugged confines of the glacial canyon. The history of Little Cottonwood Canyon and the town of Alta dates back to the 19th Century, when a soldier in the U.S. Army first prospected for silver in 1869. The tiny minerals he stumbled upon quickly evolved into a massive industry attracting fortune-seekers who would otherwise never step foot in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
What the soldier had discovered will go down in history as one of the largest producers of silver ore in the Wasatch Mountains. Known as the Emma Mine and the namesake for the Big Emma run in Snowbird's Gad Valley, the soldier's find eventually produced more than $3.8 million in silver.
At its peak, 8,000 people lived and worked in the narrow canyon, which boasted two smelters, 138 homes, hotels, boarding houses, stores and even a railroad. The entire town was later destroyed by a series of avalanches.