It's the law.
Snowbird along with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Unified Police have the upmost concern for the safety of visitors and guests coming up to the mountains. Making sure your vehicle is properly equipped for the conditions should be the first step in having a great day on the slopes.
UDOT requires ALL vehicles traveling in Little Cottonwood Canyons to be equipped with approved snow tires October 1 - April 30.
- At a minimum, 4-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive vehicles must have approved snow tires on all 4 tires on the vehicle.
- Approved tires can be identified by an M+S (mud and snow) or a Snowflake symbol on the sidewall of the tire.
- Tires must have sufficient tread to be effective.
- 2-Wheel drive vehicles must have 3PMSF tires or tire chains properly fitted on all 4 tires their vehicle before entering the canyon.
- Properly sized tire chains must be in your possession if snow tires are not mounted to your vehicle.
Enhanced Public Safety Restrictions
During extreme weather, and when UDOT and Law Enforcement determine it is in the best interest of public safety, traffic may be restricted. Traction Law restrictions will be recognizable when the yellow lights are flashing at the entrance of Little Cottonwood Canyon. These enhanced restrictions include:
- 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires.
- 2-wheel drive vehicles with 4 snow tires (vehicles in this category may still be restricted based on weather conditions).
Police Officers at the entrance of Little Cottonwood Canyon will make the determination of a vehicle's safety based on known road condition information. 2-wheel drive vehicles with 4 mounted snow tires MAY be denied access to the canyon if law enforcement believes they present a hazard to other motorists.